We met yet another “buddy” at the beach this week! This time it wasn’t at our regular beach, however. My in-laws came down to stay in a condo on the gulf for the week and we spent the day with them on Tuesday. The sister of the buddy and her friend struck up a conversation with me at the pool. A short time later I met the buddy’s other sister, mom, and (FINALLY!) the buddy himself. Shout out to Austin from Tennessee!
One bad thing about having kids several years apart in age is that the younger one feels the need to find peers more his size. Unfortunately, at our house those peers are the dogs. I’m glad he’s enjoying them, but sometimes I wish he didn’t want to spend SO much time with them. And I suspect Daisy feels the same way…
Speaking of Nathan and the dogs…he’s also copying the things they do. Like, for instance, eating. And drinking. Sigh. One must pick one’s battles, right? Clearly, Nathan is not the firstborn child.
Sarah Kate set a PR in the 50 yard freestyle at Thursday night’s swim meet! Not only did she beat her personal best time (set one week earlier, no less), but she beat it by ten seconds! She’s still incredibly slow – much slower than even the next slowest swimmer – but she’s improving. And the kicker – she was SO close to breaking two minutes. Like, six-tenths of a second close.
Sarah Kate has THE BEST cheering section at her meets. Two of the older girls took her under their wing a long time ago (last summer, I think?). They are always encouraging and talk to her; I’m not sure why they’ve taken to her, but it’s obviously genuine. This season, at every meet, they’ve camped out at the end of her lane (or on the side of the pool if she was swimming in an outside lane) to cheer her on. On Thursday night during her free event, they went NUTS toward the end of her lap when they saw she was going to break her record, and were SO excited for her when she finished. These young ladies give me hope for the future.
Have you seen the newest campaign by the International Down Syndrome Coalition (IDSC) for Life? They are taking photos submitted of people with Down syndrome (mostly kids from what I’ve seen so far) and captioning them with fun, inspiring, or thought provoking messages. Nathan will be featured one day soon, as I’ve already given my approval for the captioning on his photo, but I’m not sure when. Stay tuned!
Have you entered my BabyLegs giveaway yet? If not, there’s still time! If not, what are you waiting for? Know anyone who’d like to win a grab bag of BabyLegs? Then send them this way! Note: This giveaway ends next Friday, June 29.
Have a great weekend!
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