Today, Sydney and Daddy went to a park alone. It was good for him to play and explore without his big bro Casey dictating the pace and destinations. Sydney was free to roam and meander where ever (within reason) he wanted, and however fast, or slow he wanted. And he took full advantage. He first went for the jungle gym, where he climbed stairs, springs, and metal ladders. He was so brave, trying these without fear. Daddy was there to catch him when he slipped, but undaunted, he kept trying once he was reset. He ventured down some slides by himself; strangely enough, the one apparatus that caused him to repeatedly pause was the suspension bridge portions of the jungle gyms.
From there, he wanted to swing on the swing. So Daddy loaded him in and was pushing him... higher and higher. Sydney had his trademark smile on his face, but above that, he was so happy, he was squealing happy sounds. After he dismounted, he pushed the empty swing, (just like he saw Daddy doing for him)
Next was basketball. He saw big people playing basketball and he fearlessly strolled right onto the court. His game right now consists of passing the ball to Daddy, and praying that I actually make a shot, so he gets credited with an assist. Um, lets just say that neither of us filled the stat sheet today...
After that was a stroll around the park; over the bridge toward the waterfall. He was about to walk right into the pond when I stopped him. Then he started chasing squirrels.
All this resulted in one tired puppy. Little Sydney fell asleep on the short car ride home, and when straight to his crib for a nap, all dirty, sweaty and full of sunscreen. In other words, he went to sleep HAPPY!