Little Snapper, age barely 7, at her first meet swimming for the Arkansas Dolphin-Lasers. Crying during warm-up because the 20 minutes of continuous swimming was too much for her. Crying on the starting block because she was afraid her goggles would come off during her dive. Struggling with asthma. Didn't know any of her teammates yet, and very shy about introducing herself. Enjoying practice, but not too sure yet about this whole swim team thing.
Bigger Snapper, age almost 9, at a mid-summer meet with her Florida team. Swimming a mile or more during practice and coming out of the pool ready to run a mile or ride her bike. Only deals with asthma when she is sick. Bold and confident, bonded with her teammates, fiercely competitive, cheering for her team, and completely loving every aspect of swimming, except for push-ups and lunges on dry land days.
Timid dive at the first meet, October 2009
Strong, gorgeous dive now, April 2011
Notice the absence of muscle tone in her back and shoulders, October 2009.
Check out the muscle tone now! She grins when she sees this photo, taken October 2011.
Yay for swimming and yay for Snapper! Baby girl, this post is just for your memory book.