We took Alex ice skating for the first time November 27 (the day after we celebrated Thanksgiving). At first he was a bit skeptical about his strap-on skates, but he decided to make the best of it, and try them out on the ice. He first found his balance, then attempted walking, with chunks of ice flying from his skates each time he took a step. He then realized that Daddy is a good skater and can easily glide him around on the ice.
On his second attempt, Alex used a wooden polar bear to help him on the ice. For the first 10 minutes he thought it was a real animal and wouldn’t touch it. He finally warmed up to the bear after seeing me skate around with it. I think this was Alex’s favorite part since it gave him a bit of independence. He did a great job holding on, but his focus was on everything but where he was going!