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swim lessons, 2012

19 Jun

This post should appropriately be titled, ‘Swim Lessons, 2012 AKA Cruz hates his life’. This kid seriously, SERIOUSLY HATES swimming lessons. But his teacher is awesome and I just really, STRONGLY believe that it should be a law that EVERY kid gets swim lessons. Drowning shouldn’t even be an option!! Gosh, that freaks me out in a state where EVERYONE has pools in their backyards. Well, we put him in swim last year and he SCREAMED the entire time. I mean, I understand it can be quite unsettling as a little kid. And I even remember loving the water when I was a kid, but not being particularly fond of swim lessons. But he really hates it.

But he’s gotta swim, so we go back.

And he’s really getting the hang of it! I’m so proud of him. This year, he wimpers a little bit when we get there, he cries when the instructor pulls him in for the first time, and then he’s actually ok. And does a great job. It’s nice that he’s an entire year older because I feel like he understands things A LOT better. Last year I think he was slightly confused. HA. Poor kid. But I’m so grateful I’ve found a great instructor who is patient, loves kids, and does an amazing job to do her best to make them feel comfy in the water. I can’t wait until he can swim on his own. How crazy it will be to watch him go!

I’m planning to get Rider into swim too. This particular teacher doesn’t take them until they’re two, so I was going to wait until next year. And THAT thought proved to make me a true idiot. Watching Rider around water has made it ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to get him into lessons as SOON as humanly possible. The kid has ZERO fear. I mean, seriously, he’ll jump right in if no ones looking. So you ALWAYS HAVE TO BE LOOKING. Scary stuff. This teacher we are going to is full for the summer, so I’m coming up with plan B for him. But next year, he will go to her too WITH Cruz. Oh man. Talk about cute overload. HA.

Here’s a few photos I snapped on my iPhone while there these past two days. And if you want to check out last years video, you can see it HERE.


swim lessons

22 Jun

We decided to put Cruz into swim lessons this year. I found a FANTASTIC instructor who is just simply awesome with the kids. Cruz started on Monday and it’s Wednesday today and he’s already making HUGE strides. No pun intended.

Except that he HATES it. And he screams the entire time. Poor kid.

And while it is kind of painful for me to watch him scream and kick and cry and BEG for MAMMA!!!!!, I do realize that this is not about me in any way shape of form. He HAS to know how to swim and he’s GOT to be comfortable in the water. More importantly, he needs to know how to get to the edge and to climb out should he ever fall in. Accidents happen way to often during these Arizona summers, and while I realize that we aren’t off the hook just because he can (or will) swim, it IS something that all of my kids will know how to do.

Scary stuff.

Anyways. He hates it. And he BEGS to sit by the towels the whole time. And he runs from his teacher when she announces it’s his turn. But it’s a two week class and I’m told that he will be swimming by the end of it! We will see!

I included a little video of it here if you want to check it out. I film him every time he’s in the water because I want to be able to see his progress. And I’d pretty much die if he accomplished something big and I missed getting it on film. AND the movie maker in me would LOVE to put all the clips together to document his first time having an activitiy in which I wasn’t really a part of.

Even though there is NO movie maker in me. That’s just wishful thinking. But maybe I’ll try it? No?


Check it out. Certainly don’t feel like you need to watch the whole thing. It’s two minutes long. But he screams the whole time and says some pretty funny stuff. Little does he know, he’s got SEVEN more days of swim lessons. Ha. Poor kid. But I don’t care. He’s gotta know how to swim.

It’s not an option.

Oh and don’t mind the ‘mom chatting’ that goes on. I mean, it’s what women do, you know?