Friday, August 13, 2010

Learning to Swim



We have some cool news this week! Allie learned to swim..which is a very big deal. Before this week, she never even wanted to go under water. She was scared that she couldn't hold her breath. She would say, "No, Mommy, I will learn to hold my breath when I am ten." ha.. I don't know why she picks ten, she says things like that..

But, on Monday, she said to me, while we were in the pool, "I am ready to go under, all the way under." And just like that, off she went. And it has been hard to get her up out of the water ever since. She puts up obstacles in the water to practice swimming under.. she is getting very good at it. And, then she advanced to learning how to swim above the water.. Is that the way it works? You learn to swim under water first? What do I know? Not much.

And then yesterday, she wanted to learn about different ways to swim. I showed her the breastroke, the freestyle, and the backstroke. She did her best to copy what I was doing. I am just so proud. Life is about moments like these. I cherish them.

6 comments:

jenn said...

All three of mine learned to swim under first. My reasoning...once they know they can swim under, if they go under learning to swim on top, they know they'll be okay. Did that just make sense?

Yay for Allison!

Duni said...

That's cool :)
You must be sooo proud of her! She looks right at home there in the water!

BeadedTail said...

Congratulations to Allie for learning to swim! Sounds like once that fear of going under water was gone she turned into a cute little fish!

Cheryl said...

That is great news! Congrats to your daughter on the big milestone!My son also learned to swim under water before learning to swim above water. Good luck keeping her out of the water now... ;)

Nancy said...

Hi Kristin! Glad to be back:) I'm so proud of Allie! I used to be a swim instructor/ lifeguard and miss it very much. I still say it was the best job I ever had. Anway, when they are ready, they are ready, right?

Brittany E. said...

That is so cool. I think ten seems really old to kids. I use to say I would do things when I was ten and now I say I will do things when I'm 30!