Saturday, June 13, 2009

Swim Lessons

The boys had their first swim lesson Saturday morning. Connor LOVED the pool and splashed and giggled like a madman. Ryan was a little less enthused. It took him 10 or 15 minutes or so to warm up to the idea of the water. Wish I had some pics of their 1st class, but unfortunately it required all hands on deck - 1 parent per child - in the pool and paying attention as not to drown them accidentally. :) Kevin was a little apprehensive about being the only dad in the class before we arrived, but as it turns out there was a dad in the class before us, one in our class other than Kevin of course, and 3 in the class after us.

So what do 15 month olds learn at swim lessons? They practiced getting ready to go underwater (We are going to drown you now. Ready? 1, 2, 3. WHEE!!!). They practiced being on their tummies, hands out in front of them, and moving through the water (Ring around the Rosie, don't dunk your nosey). They practiced getting to the edge of the pool and pulling themselves out (elbow, elbow, belly up, knees, knees, all out!) Connor is one strong little cookie. He was able to practically pull himself out of the pool all by himself. Then they practiced getting back into the pool (humpty dumpty sat on a wall, humpty dumpty jumped in the pool). In and out, in and out. So when that's all they want to do when they get older at least we know where it came from. :) Then they practiced flipping over on their backs, pushing off the wall (BLAST OFF!!) and floating around. Ryan and Connor really loved that part. Connor even demonstrated for the class. Then it was circle time. We sang the Barney theme song. No really. I am so not making that part up. And last but not least crawling out of the steps to the pool. And wouldn't you know the instructor had to eat her words about making all the kids get out by themselves on the very first kid. We were closest to the stairs so we were the first ones out. Unfortunately as the instructor was trying to get the boys to stand up on the stairs and crawl out they wanted to practice blast off and absolutely refused to do anything but try to push backwards off the stairs. She finally had to just hand them out. Maybe next time... :)

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