Let me just say that I feel a bit scared to ride this slide. It must look gigantic to her! But is she scared away from her goal? No. She sees her sisters do it and we have told her she can too, as soon as she swims well enough to pop back up and paddle over to our waiting arms. She has been practicing with Memaw and has met the required distance. So now we were just waiting for a day with Daddy!
Here is Lydia another day practicing her jumping
You know milestones must be reached with family around to help celebrate! So today, January 5, two months before her 5th birthday, she accomplished her goal. As we all watched, she placed her trust in our faith in her and Daddy's waiting arms! When she popped up, we all cheered! Her first ride was a bit scary. I forgot to remind her to stay in a sitting position. She got turned over on her belly coming feet first down. She was brave though, and gave it another shot. She went a total of 6 times. She wanted to go more, and she will on future PE visits! :)
At bedtime, when she was giving Daddy a good night kiss, they were playing a little guessing game they sometimes play. Daddy pretends not to recognize her and guesses who she is with funny little clues. Lydia, anticipating where the conversation was going, decided to give Daddy some clues. He said, "Now, who is this again?" And Lydia replied, "I am 4. I am Lydia. I went down the slide!"
Four hours later and she is recognizing that this event helps to identify who she is! This was a big deal for her. She was proud. So were we, and very amused! :)
So yes, I am the only member of the family who hasn't ridden the slide! Oh wait, neither has Memaw! Stay posted. Maybe we will be as brave as Lydia one day.
With All My Heart~