Friday, July 5, 2013

Swim lessons

Austin has now graduated from his swim lessons. 
Whew!!!  We made it.  
What started out as such a rocky start, sure has been worth it!  
It is definitely worth every penny spent and every moment spent out there.
Aubrey Rose was Austin's little encourager.
She loved watching him and would come tell me in between the lessons or after of all the new accomplishments he would make each day.
"Mommy, he got to float on his back today."
"Mommy, Austin got to jump off the diving board today!" 
I love that she gets excited for his accomplishments too.

Swim lessons got better and better with each lesson.  
Austin started out crying the whole lesson.  
No more tears by the end, but he still is not comfortable.  
At the beginning, we would drive up to the house we take swim lessons at and Austin would say, "Austie no, kick, kick, kick Mommy.  No big pool Mommy."  
And then when I would get him dressed in his swimsuit, he would try to keep his shirt on and he does not like it when I take his shoes off since he knows that is the last thing before going in the pool.  He would fuss when I hand him to his sweet teacher, but no more tears after he gets in.  Progress.  
After his lesson, you can tell he is so proud.  He tells and shows everyone how he swam and "kick, kick, kicked."  Yet when he is there, he was not a fan.

When he swims he covers his ears with his hands and kicks his legs.  His teacher and I figured it out that he puts his hands on his ears when he is not comfortable or when he is anxious.  It is quite entertaining to watch.

We sure love it when family gets to come out and watch!

Austin and his best buddy and cousin, Jed, were in this together.
Jed and Austin with their wonderful teachers...
Back at home, Austin loves being in our pool.  
He wouldn't leave the steps, but he loves to go in the "BIIIIIG pool!"
And of course his big sissy loves to enjoy the pool time as well.