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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Ice Skating...She Did It

Last year Kayla tried roller skating for the first time and she loved it.

This year she tried ice skating. Both kids did actually. It wasn't a complete success, but not a complete failure either.

We rented a 'walker' hoping it would help them skate along by themselves, and save our backs! The kids went around the rink once and wanted a break. Actually both of them wanted to go home. After a short break, and watching Joe and I go around the rink a few times, they both got back out there again.

They only lasted one more time around the rink, but I am so proud of both of them for sticking with it and giving it another go. Since it takes both of them so long to make the loop around I can understand why it tired both of them out!

Kayla was nervous on the ice and didn't care to use the walker, or hold my hand. Her preference was to hold on to the wall to make it around, and she did it. She made it all the way around.

(The thumbnail is sideways, but the actual video isn't)

I don't remember what expectations I had, or didn't have, after Kayla was born and diagnosed with Down syndrome. I know there was sadness and fear of the unknown. I'm sure I didn't expect this ... ice skating. I love how she finds ways to amaze me with the things I least expected.

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Carol N. said...

Way to skate, Kayla! When I first took my boys, I said, "we're not going skating, we're going falling, and slipping, and sliding."

Have fun!

Runningmama said...

Go Kayla...she's doing better than I did my first time ice skating and I was 12 years old!

Rachel said...

So cool love it!

Sunny said...

Way to go Kayla!

Crazy Beautiful Love said...

As a mom with a new baby born with DS, it has been way too recent the expectations (or lack their of) I had for my baby. I love your video. It has me wanting to share it with everyone I know already has decided what my little buggie can NOT do. Your Kayla is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Great job...I'm just surprised she didn't have a helmet on.

Omaha Mama said...


I really want to take our kids to the indoor rink here...we'll see. It's pretty expensive here! I don't know if we'll make it this year or not...

PEA said...

Yeahhhhhhhhhh for both of them:-) Reminds me of the first time I brought my boys skating, Shawn held on to the wall just like Kayla did and went all around the rink! lol I loved skating as a child until I was in my late teens...haven't skated in so long now, I'd probably break my neck! lol xoxo

Anonymous said...

I like the first comment, we're not going skating ,we're going falling, slipping and sliding.. WAY TO GO KAYLA!!!!! AND LUCAS!!!.. yea, I would be completely exhausted too!!!! One day at a time, that is exactly what Kayla is doing!! Her time table , her expectations, her achievements on her own!!! her determination !! When she is ready!! :) Loved the video... love mom/memaw, grandma, graymaw