Look at her go!

It’s been a big week for Riley.

Over the weekend she had four girls sleep over. It went off without a hitch. Total success. Yesterday, our second day at the public pool this season, she took both feet off the bottom of the pool, and was able to tread water. No floats. No life jacket. No support. No panic. I’m not saying she can swim, be she was able to tread water for the first time in her life. She’s on her way!

And today at the park, she climbed to the very top of the play structure that has been one of the biggest nightmares for her. It was the first time she ever made it anywhere near the top.

She talked to herself the whole time. “I can do this. I can do this.”

What’s next? Riding a bike?

She’s worked so hard to be where she is today. We take nothing for granted. It’s been heartbreaking at times watching my baby struggle, but nothing beats the feeling I get watching her fly.

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12 Responses to Look at her go!

  1. Heather says:

    Love, love, love this!! Way to go Riley!!

  2. Kerry says:

    WOOOOO! Awesome!

  3. naomi says:

    Truly amazing! You – Michelle, HT , Riley, Seth and, I believe, God working in and through each of you, broke into the trajectory Riley was on and rerouted her.

  4. So wonderful — and you, a wonderful mama.

  5. Mums says:

    Our hearts are so full of pride and joy to see these beautiful pictures!! Riley is making wonderful strides!! Our prayers and love are with all of you always.!!

  6. Anna says:

    She’s a hero, and so are you. What deep progress. So proud of all of you.

  7. Carrie Link says:

    “We take nothing for granted.” NECBM about that. Certainly, one of the many things she came here to teach!

  8. Dee Ready says:

    Dear Michelle, through your postings, Riley has touched my life in many ways. Now I’m going to repeat with her–”I can do this. I can do this” when regard to deciding whether to move back to Minnesota. Please thank her for me. Peace.

  9. kario says:

    I love that you have given her this attitude, this certainty that she can see obstacles, think about them for a bit, walk around them to assess, and then decide to tackle them on her own time. You are all so terrific! Congratulations!

  10. amber says:

    Aww!! Go gurrrl. And I LOVE this last photo. So.Cute.

    :)

  11. Leah says:

    Go Riley! You must be so proud! Way to go, mama!