Jill and I are both competitive. She won the tennis match last year and I know she wants to win again. I would feel the same way if the situation were reversed. We are both high-energy women who want to succeed at whatever we do. I think sometimes she shows it more than I do, but I am just as competitive. Only I tend to keep my competitive side more contained.
Jill and I are definitely getting along better this season. I really tried to make an effort to understand her better...and I think I do. Since we are both strong willed and outspoken, I have learned to take the back seat and to avoid going head to head with her. What I do is let her be strong first, contain myself (which is hard for me to do, but I am learning!) and later give her my viewpoints. I actually find I learn from her and she from me when I use this approach. Naturally there are times I cannot contain myself and we go at it. But at the end of the day, we have tremendous respect for each other and I know she has a heart of GOLD, and vice versa.
Avery has a type of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis it is called Spondyloarthropathy. It is so difficult to spell, let alone pronounce correctly. I hope Avery will grow out of it as she gets older, but we do not know. She has grown 4 inches in 12 months, which is very hard on her body and she has pain and needs to be on medicine 24/7. This problem is mainly in her foot, but she complains of aches and pains throughout her body if she is not on the medication.