Monday was Gabby's first ever swim lesson, and third time ever in a pool. She is in a group with two other babies that are a little older than her. When we first walked into the water it was cool, but not cold. She seemed fine entering the water, but quickly lost her enthusiasm once we started singing songs and touching her cheeks into the water. She did not seem to like the water touching her face, but we followed the other children. During our first session we worked on kicking in the water, pulling herself along the wall (the choo choo train), floating on her back and getting her ears used to the water, pulling herself out of the pool, and when getting back in the water turning around and grabbing the wall (Humpty Dumpty). The entire 30 minutes Gabby did not really care for the water and kept telling me "up" meaning she wanted out, but she never cried even when she went under water once. The instructor informed me that babies don't like getting water in their ears and Gabby didn't really care for it but after a minute floating on her back she seemed to tolerate it. Hopefully she will quickly realize that the water is fun and she will build confidence in the class. However, the ultimate goal is for Gabby to be safer around water! (Don't worry this doesn't mean we are going to start encouraging her to hang out by the pool or near the bathtub unsupervised or anything!)
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!