Thursday, August 13, 2009
Jacob and Lucas also took swimming lessons so today I thought I'd share some of Jacob's pictures. I'll do Lucas' next.
Jacob has always been very iffy about the water. He was never one of those kids that would stand on the edge and jump to you so many times you felt like your arms were going to fall off. As a matter of fact he wouldn't even jump. If he got in then he'd constantly hang onto the side of the pool or stay on the ladder. He loved to play in the water but he would never venture away. Definitely not a risk taker so you never had to worry about him getting into any trouble in the water. You can tell by the progression of his pictures that he definitely warmed up to the idea of the water. He started actually having fun and it was so great to watch. On one particular day one of his teachers wasn't there so he had a sub and it was the best thing that could have ever happened. Of course it was the one day that I didn't take my camera. They did more in that one day than they had done in the previous 6 that they had been there. He was by far the best swimming instructor I have ever seen and he did wonders for Jacob. I only wish we could have had him the entire time...next time I think I'm going to have to ask for him specifically. He's doing much better in the pool now. He's still hesitant but he's much more comfortable in the water...he'll actually venture into the middle of the pool with his float on and even jumped in a few times over the weekend.
You can tell at the beginning he wasn't into it at all. The teachers would ask him if he wanted to do things and he'd simply say no. I eventually went up to him and told him that he needed to do what they asked him to because if not then he'd have sat there the entire time and watched everyone else from the sidelines.
He's still getting the hang of kicking but he's doing much better. He likes to bicycle kick more than anything and his teachers kept telling him he had to have straight kicks or he'd bicycle his way right to the bottom.
He really liked doing this. I'm still not sure what the purpose was but Jacob thought it was like climbing a fire pole and of course that's the coolest thing in the world to Jacob.
I love to see his face....I can tell such a difference in how comfortable he was in the water by the end.
The last day they did boat safety. they put life jackets on them and put them in a raft. Then they would make them get out and float before they swam back to the side of the pool.