Isn't she adorable?!
I find it a little funny that some people still give me a funny look when I tell them that I signed her up for dance lessons. Looks that say, "But, she has CMT....are you sure dance lessons are a good idea?" "But dance isn't something that she'll be able to do the rest of her life, so why bother?" "But what if she isn't good at it?" "What if she gets hurt?" Those looks usually make me want to say something not-so-nice in return, but I keep my tongue in check.
Why shouldn't I sign my princess-loving, wants-to-be-the-center-of-attention, ultra girly 3-year old up for dance lessons if she wants to? There is NO GOOD REASON NOT TO!! Every time that we have taken Addison to be seen at Shriner's Hospital, her doctor has reiterated to us that she is a normal kid, and the best thing to do is treat her as such. Let her run. Let her play. Let her do the things she wants to do, whether we believe she will be great at them or not. I don't ever want my daughter to feel like she missed out on things that she wanted to do because she was "different". I also believe that things like dance classes, softball, etc., can only aid in keeping her active and keeping her muscles strong.
When we came home from the store with all of her dance clothes, Addison insisted on putting them all on and prancing around the living room. Daddy's eyes got a bit misty when she proudly stated, "Look, Daddy! I'm a dancing princess!" Yes, Addison, you most definitely are.