My baby is swimming! SWIMMING! I have to go back and give credit to Liv’s sister in law, Kristal, who gave the kids their fast taste of a swim lesson earlier in the summer! She helped them get more comfortable putting their heads under water, helped us moms get more comfortable with watching them put their heads under water… seriously, after that one afternoon Robby has been able to play in the kiddie pool w/o arm floaties and holds his breath under water for a long time… just super comfortable in the water!
So just the last few days we were practicing him jumping in the water w/o his life jacket! He said, “don’t catch me mommy!!” It took me a little bit to be comfortable with that but I let him jump in and to my surprise he came paddling back up to the surface very quickly! Ah! Then I was pushing him towards the stairs and he’d float/swim a few feet.
Yesterday we went out to the pool after his nap and Rob met us there after he got home from work. He helped Robby get even MORE comfortable swimming – he would jump in and then swim, by himself!, all the way halfway across the pool to the ladder! We showed him how to swim to the wall and grab onto it, and then walk along the wall with his hands… He had so much fun! He was opening his eyes under water and swimming like a little fish! If he would just stay more on his belly he could swim even better but he kind of goes vertical after the first few seconds, making it harder for him to keep moving… but we’ll keep practicing! I’m going to have to join an indoor pool for the fall/winter!
Ok, so see for yourself! This isn’t his farthest stretch but you get the picture!