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Climbing the Slide

May 17, 2010

Last night, I walked into Katy’s room to find her trying to crawl UP her new play slide. I can’t even begin to describe how shocked I was. I took off running for the kitchen to grab my phone to try to get some video, ran back down the hall and proceeded to get footage of something that honestly brought tears to my eyes. I could not believe this was my little girl doing this.

Thinking I had just grabbed some of the best footage of Katy’s progress that I had ever filmed, I waited until I put her to sleep then went on my computer to upload the video to share with all of you. Now, imagine how furious I was when I found out the video was completely corrupted. None of it survived. To make it worse, Katy had ended up falling off the top of the slide before I put her to sleep and wanted nothing to do with it all this morning. I didn’t know how long it would be until we would even get her to go near the thing again.

Turns out, it only took a day:

If that wasn’t enough, I’ve even got the best film yet of Katy crawling to share with you, as well.

She’s making such good progress right now, we’re really wishing she still had a few months to go with her current group of therapists at her preschool. Unfortunately, the school year ends next Thursday. We want to thank every one of this incredible group of people that have helped our little girl achieve so much.

They will be sorely missed; but they will definitely not be forgotten.

I think the whole metaphor of trying to “climb the slide” is especially appropriate here. We’ve had so many times where Katy has taken one step forward and then slipped back again. There have been so many instances where she has said words to us once and we’ve never heard them again. Times when she tried to do something we’ve never seen before only to find her unwilling to even try it the next time. But through it all, she has kept moving forward. She has had steady progress up the chart.

And that makes seeing things like the videos above so special.

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Aunt Barb June 5, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Love you Baby Katy!!!! Uncle Al and Patrick are also cheering for you!!!!!

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Alessandra February 28, 2016 at 11:11 pm

I’m a high school Math theaecr and – believe it or not, I still get Grade 9 students who don’t know their x-coordinates from their y-coordinates. So, on the first day of school, I laid out a coordinate axes on the floor with tape and let them find their allocated seats by telling them the coordinates of their seat. It was really fun!

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