July 15, 2011

Swim Lessons {Manny Swims!}

Well I am one.proud.mama. As I mentioned last week, Manny has been taking swimming lessons. Yesterday was our last day, and I have to say I'm very impressed with what he accomplished in 7 classes (we had to miss one). Fortunately Patrick got to come to his last class and see what Manny's been learning, as well as take some pictures.

I'll admit, I was skeptical at first. It didn't seem we were really "doing" much of anything. In hindsight, I'm not sure if I expected him to be doing the backstroke across the pool the first day or what? Because now that we're done with lessons, it all makes sense. We did a few very basic things every lesson. Then did them again. And again. And the next day? did.them.again. What's that? Ah, yes...repetition...a child's best friend in learning.
I could see him picking up things and getting the hang of what we were practicing. Still yet, I had no clue what he was actually capable of doing. I worked with him the majority of the time, but his teacher, Miss Jayne, would take him once or twice during the lesson and make him swim to me. Yesterday she set him up on the side of the pool, and pulled him in so he could swim across the width of the pool. But then I noticed she wasn't actually holding his hands - he was swimming by himself! I looked up at Patrick, who was smiling from ear to ear, and he said, "You didn't tell me he could do that!" To which I responded, "Um, I didn't know he could do that!" Turns out Miss Jayne had been doing that all week when she took him from me to practice; I just never noticed she wasn't holding on to his hands when she did it (like I was).

So we decided to give it a try and see if he'd do it for mama. I didn't have the guts to let him do it the whole width of the pool, but this makes me pretty stinking proud.

I am so thankful we were able to take these swim lessons. I didn't know how beneficial it'd really be to my one year old, but I knew for a variety of reasons, safety being a huge one, I wanted him exposed to swimming at the very least. I never imagined I'd walk away with a little fish on my hands. :)

26 comments:

  1. Swimming lessons are the BEST!! I can't wait to start back up in the Fall again :) He does AWESOME!!!

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  2. very impressive manny!!!! great job!!!

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  3. I'm so glad he loved lessons!! It will all pay off tremendously when he is the only toddler swimming laps while his buddies are in floaties:) And you get to chill back and not worry about him drowning! He is a fish!!

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  4. He learned so much! We just finished swimming lessons with JDaniel he isn't interested in moving to far away from me.

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  5. Oh my goodness....so so so so cute! Congrats Manny and congrats Mommy for surviving. :)

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  6. He seems soo tiny when he's swimming by himself! Yay Manny!

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  7. That is a-mazing!!! Way to go Manny :)

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  8. I could watch this over & over! He's such a little swimmer! My mom taught us all how to swim as infants...we were diving for pennies in the deep end at 18 mos! Manny will be jumping off the diving board before you know it ;)

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  9. that is AMAZING!!!! i cannot believe my eyes. think it's time for swim lessons for noah!

    wow!
    Way to go little guy!

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  10. HOLY COW!! That is awesome!!!

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  11. SOOO cute! LOVE the video.

    I (honestly) don't know what we'd do without the pool.

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  12. wow awesome! I was thinking about doing swimming for Morgan but thought she maybe too young now Ill have to rethink that idea:)

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  13. Wow, that's amazing! I didn't realize they could learn it so young! You definitely have a little fish on your hands :)

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  14. Wow! That is the cutest thing - seeing him swimming! I feel a little bad I didn't get my daughter into lessons this year (she's 2) and planned to next summer but I might try to sooner! That is amazing! She is not afraid of the water and we go to the pool several times a week and she loves the water but I would love for her to have lessons for safety reasons, as well. :) Thanks for sharing! He is a doll!

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  15. So stinken cute! Does he take his face out of the water to get air when he needs it I wonder? That is a great job though! :)

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  16. i am so impressed by this!!! he's like really swimming!!! way to go manny!!!

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  17. Go Manny Go! I need to get Carter into swimming lessons. He hates the pool.

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  18. So amazing! My 4 year old learned to swim at one, and he has always been a fish. You should have heard everyone when he was 2 and going off the diving board- so cute! And really just the safety of it is SOOO important. If he falls in, he can get to the side. Great work Manny and Mommy!

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  19. Ok...that is amazing. Clearly we haven't found the right teacher. I need you teacher for Hayden. Swimming lessons were horrible for us.

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  20. That is AMESOME! Great job Manny! Grayson is a little fish too loves the water!!!!

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  21. WOW, that is AMAZING. I seriously cannot believe he learned that at 1 year old. So cool. My husband didn't believe it until he saw it.

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  22. Ohmygosh Sarah!!! I am SO impressed! I knew swim lessons for little ones were a good idea but I didnt know he would actually SWIM so young! Way to go Manny!!!

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