03 July 2009

My Water Bug



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As of this week, no more swim lessons. Until September. Official classes, that is. We’ll still be swimming, at least twice a week, just to keep the momentum going.

We started around three months ago. While Zoë was happy to play in the pool. She didn’t like putting her head underwater. You could hear her “No! No! No!” all the way up to the bleacher section every time it was her turn to “swim” from her coach to me.

But this is where having a big brother helped greatly. During bath time, Josh would show her how to blow bubbles. He would show off how he could put his whole face underwater. Her “Me, too!” attitude kicked in.

In no time she started to enjoy this --

Zoe underwater2

and would even say, “Fun. Again, again!” Now all I have to say is “Okay, 1-2-3, swim, Zoë” and she prepares herself to go under. No fuss.

Next step for us is to practice moving her arms and kicking those legs. She likes the swimming tricks that the coach adds to make the lessons more fun –the running jump from a big rubber mat into my arms, jumping in from the side of the pool, the “rocket launch” (where she’s facing away from the wall, but with both hands holding on to the edge of the pool --behind her, both legs propped behind her against the wall, then pushing off/letting go in a swoosh towards me), the “monkey monkey” (where she hangs on to the side of the pool and goes left and right, moving her hands to move herself). We don’t have the giant mat, but we can do the other fun stuff and hopefully get those arms and legs moving well soon.

10 COMMENTS:

Lindy said...

I love when they first put their head under without plugging their nose - their little accomplishments are HUGE for us!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Woohoo! I'm celebrating with you, since the Tongginator just did the same last week. And I'm conveniently forgetting that the Tongginator is, like, three years older. Heh.

LPC said...

I love the way she wears her necklace even to swim. Very Babe Paley of her...

ModernMom said...

That is the BEST pic!

Leslie said...

OMG soooooooooooo cute!!

Jennifer said...

LOL! That has got to be the best action shot ever!!! She is so cute - I know I sound like a broken record, but she is! And I love that she has a necklace on to swim! VERY stylish! :-)

Daphne said...

Wow, that's kind of an amazing shot, reminds me of a nirvana CD cover..cool stuff!

Mahmee said...

That is a fabulous underwater photo! She's such a cutie above the water too. :-)
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M3 said...

Love, love, love that underwater photo!!!

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

So so adorable and love shot underwater!! You're awesome!

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