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Tuesday, August 28

Swimming {home}school

I contemplated over and over again putting O in swim lessons.  I desperately want him to be water safe ASAP because we have a pool, but I couldn't wrap my brain around what they would teach him that I couldn't teach him myself at this age,  I was a certified lifeguard, after all, for a brief summer.    

Then one of Coco's friends came over who is an actual swimming instructor and gave us a little mini lesson, showing me what skills we should actually focus on at this age.  We've been working with him everyday since at home on getting his face in the water and blowing bubbles.  Not a problem, since pool water is apparently delicious and practically a food group for O. Just kidding, slightly.  I swear though, his stomach looks distended after swimming.  I feed my child organic 98% of the time, including the $5 raspberries he loves, and I'd rather he gulp some pool water while learning to swim than drown.

We also work on him floating on his back (more of a challenge) and kicking his feet while horizontal.  Huge success there.  The hose is a huge incentive to get from point a to point b. One of us will hold one hand under his belly for support.  

Ty cheering, O clapping for himself.  Oh, and just in case you ever wondered where O got his penchant for short shorts...there you go. 

going in for the High Five 

 just a few pictures which normally would strike terror in the depths of my soul if we weren't in water...

Or, maybe he could just be in the Sea World dolphin show...

Alright, there's a Pretty Little Liars marathon on now, so when O wakes up, he and I are going to play with some felt and make some quiet books and figure out who A is.  My guess now is it's Ezra, Paige, Toby, and Caleb and probably everyone's mom too...definitely Jenna, and probably Maya who I don't think is dead.  


Amanda said...

Thanks for sharing lady! I felt the same way but just didn't think much would be taught at this age. We will be working on these for sure!

THE COOK'S said...

Great pictures, mama!!! :)

Monique said...

Hi Rachel! Your little boy is adorable! Look at those big blue eyes, gosh!!! Also love the baby shower idea, my cousin is expecting, so I will be bookmarking this for the future!

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