Gabby went in the pool for her first time on June 19th in the afternoon. Michael and I were very excited that we had a controlled environment so Gabby's first experience would be positive (we tried on vacation to let her sit in a 1 foot pool but a kid intentionally splashed her so we left before she even touched the water). The swim event was so controlled that Grandma (McIlroy) even warmed the pool to 98 degrees to be sure that Gabby would be comfortable and not too cold in the water. Michael held her first in the water, but he was uncomfortable holding the wiggle worm so I held her. She enjoyed the the water, but wouldn't even kick her feet. She was put under the water twice for a second and she hated it. She screamed for a good four or five minutes before calming completely, but we kept her in the pool a little longer to make sure we ended her swimming experience on a positive note. I think she "swam" for about thirty minutes total (which is a significant part of her lifetime!) and her little toes and fingers were like wrinkly little raisins. I hope that Gabby learns to love the water as much as Michael and I do. (Pictures to come we have to have them developed because we used a disposable water camera).
Gabby's party was everything she imagined it. The 22 girls enjoyed getting their hair and make up done. Then they all put on their head set microphone and then headed onto stage and enjoyed performing their favorite songs. The girls seemed to really like the party that Gabby planned. After cake and gifts the girls went back to the stage for an encore (or 5). A few of the moms at the party even attempted to escape from one of our escape rooms. Gabby seemed to love having the run of Escape Artist and showing off the rooms to all of her friends. It is amazing how many people love and care for Gabby. We are so grateful for all of the friends and fun that was had at her party!