Sunday, July 31, 2011
Over the course of the summer, both of the kids have gained many skills and developed much more confidence in the water. Aidan loves to stick his face in the water and blow bubbles. He also kicks and paddles his way around the pool by himself with floaties on. Reese is able to touch, so we allow her to walk around the pool without floaties on as long as somebody is watching her closesly. She loves having the freedom to hop around the pool without the restriction of flotation devices. She enjoys jumping into the pool to see how big of a splash she can make. She has also learned to lean forward and use her arms and legs to propel herself forward. Finally, she is comfortable floating on her back in the pool. It has really been a lot of fun now that the kids can be a little more independent. Though Aidan may be a little too confident! He recently climbed into the pool by himself, though I was yelling at him from the side of the pool to wait. I immediately jumped in after him and pulled him up out of the water, though he had done pretty well at keeping himself bobbing just under the surface of the water! After getting him calmed down, I explained to him that he needed to either wait and go in with an adult or have a floaty on to get in the water. After scolding him, I immediately took him back into the pool to keep him from becoming afraid of the water. I realized soon after that fear would not be a concern as he fought me to let go of him so that he could swim on his own! He wants so bad to be like his big sister!