Tuesday, May 15, 2012
We finally put Walker and Eli in swim lessons. Oh my, has it been fun to watch the transformation in a just a couple of weeks. They are much more comfortable in the water and I can actually see a future where they can swim well enough for me to take all the boys to the pool by myself.
Colin is too comfortable in the water to be left unattended for a second. He will (and does) march right out never concerned with the water quickly covering his head. I bought him a puddle jumper today, let's all pray he wears it until he is old enough for swim lessons.
Anyway, back to Walker and Eli. Walker has always had a healthy fear of the water, that has made him miss out on some swimming fun. Eli just needs someone to tell him what to do, because his spirit of splashing fun is there.
These lessons were just to get them comfortable in the water with the possible goal of swimming 5 feet without floats or assistance. Walker reached that goal! I am so proud of how quickly he has learned to control his body in the water.
Eli is still trying to grasp the concept of putting his feet behind him instead of underneath, so he still looks like he is running in the water instead of swimming, but he will get there.
Walker was all super sad when we were leaving. I thought he was upset that he wouldn't get his swimming time each day, but he said he was going to miss Ms. Deb. Sweetheart!
This is the last few minutes of the last lesson where she had them chase the beach ball. Of course, as they got closer their paddling pushed the ball away. Clever, very clever, Ms. Deb. Walker loved it, and I feel confident he would have spent another hour chasing that ball around.
Also, both of them smile so much in the pool they can't help from drinking a gallon of pool water. Gross. Not the smiling, but the pool water. Ugh.