As a parent one of the things that I am most amazed at is how proud I am when the girls accomplish something. Even if to most it seems quite simple, the mom always knows what an undertaking it was. Today Reia put her whole head under water without holding her nose. I have been bribing her forever to do this. So has her swim instructor.
She practiced last night in the bath tub. (Bath time has become swim practice around here.) And she was almost there, but not quite. As I watched her today with the teacher I could see her bobbing her head in and out of the water. First up to her mouth, then again to her nose, and then to her eyes. All of a sudden, bloop, there she went. Her teacher started clapping, and the kids in class were cheering...and I actually started to cry. If you knew how much this child hated the bath when she was a baby, and truly I thought I'd never even get her to take swim lessons, you'd understand. Can you imagine the basket case I will be when she graduates high school?
Here she is at Freddy's Ice Cream with her bribe of a dirt 'n worms concrete.