August was lots of fun! We went to the community center and swam at their waterpark twice. We also went to the County fair and the Children's Museum!
They are becoming impressive little swimmers! Gabriel learned how to tread water and keep himself from tipping over while floating with his life vest. Then he figured out how to swim around with his life vest. He barely even needs any help anymore, in fact he keeps pushing my arm away if I try to help him! His newest thing is jumping into the pool. He doesn't even get freaked out when he goes under a bit. He used to hate getting his face wet. Dawson learned to swim around in his life vest. Then he started putting his face under the water. He too really didn't like getting his face wet at all at first! Now it doesn't phase him. He will jump into the pool and go under without issue. He swims around and shoots baskets into the hoop. His newest thing is the big waterslide. He has to be 42in and be able to get off the slide on his own into the pool with no life jacket. He's tall enough, but has never been without a life jacket. So I took it off him and let him go without for a while. He quickly realized how much it helps him swim, and decided to not go on the big waterslide. I love that he can make those decisions on his own. He's very good at deciding what he's comfortable with in many places. Especially rides. So the last time we went, I didn't put his life jacket on at all. He played without and got used to it. We even played in the slightly deeper pool that he can still reach the bottom, which is the same depth as the waterslide pool. He then decided he was going to try it, and he did great! He did the slide over and over for nearly an hour! He was very proud of his newest accomplishment and is always excited to tell all his therapists about where we went on our days off and what he's able to do.
Dawson is also trying out his first sticker chart. He wants to earn a Mario video game. He's doing pretty good so far. My hope is that he will be motivated by it enough that it motivates him to behave well in school to earn stickers. We had trouble last year finding something that motivates him. So we're doing a trial run this month to show him what it is and he should be earning his reward shortly before school starts, so it will be freshly exciting and he will want to work for his 2nd goal. Hopefully. ;)
Gabriel loved the pony rides at the fair.