|Her cheering squad who I think looked more forward to a snack during practice than actually watching their sister!|
|Posing for the paparazzi|
The first day as Aubrey spent more time on the lane guides and holding onto the wall all I could think was 'am I being the parent that pushes her child to do something for the parents benefit?' The first three days were rough for both Aubrey and I. Aubrey was swimming like she had never felt water against her body. Her goggles seemed to leak constantly (her way of resting on the side). And then Thursday came which was water polo day and our little swimmer was back. At the end of practice she got to jump off the diving board and as she was standing in line I could tell she was nervous and she kept letting all the kids pass her. I walked up to her and stood with her in line and when it was her turn she went and stood at the end of the board and jumped. The smile on her face when her head surfaced gave away how happy she was with herself. As she climbed the ladder out of the pool she looked at me and told me she couldn't wait for next Thursday so she could jump again and then she added that next time she didn't need me to walk with her. I was so proud of her!
|Always smiling when doing her backstroke!|
For six weeks we went to the pool four times a week and each day Aubrey got better and better. For two weeks of swim team we also put the girls in lessons to learn strokes and so Aubrey swam for 90 minutes but never once complained. About four weeks into team Aubrey started asking why practice was getting shorter and shorter. Paul and I had to explain that practice wasn't getting shorter she was just getting better and having more fun. It was unbelievable how she went from multiple lane guide rest to swimming back and forth with no stops. How she looked forward to lining up each day to jump into the water. And the day after practice was done she was already saying she missed swim team and wanted to know when we could sign her up again.
|She LOVED her water polo days.|
I see many more days spent at the pool and this just thrills me. As soon as we move the girls have both asked if we can find a winter swim team and you bet I will be looking. Two girls after my own heart. Aubrey girl, mom and dad are so proud of you . You did something that you had never done before without your sister by your side and you did amazing. You have an awesome back stroke but what I think makes it so awesome is we can see the huge smile on your face that tells us you are having a blast!
|The big kids.|
|And sometimes it's just fun to act silly.|