We don't have a pool, but her godfather does and we pop over there frequently to go swimming. Aria enjoyed jumping in but not much past that. She was content to float around with mom and dad or her floatie. Nothing we said seemed to click with her. But, as soon as she had her first swim lesson she was an entirely different kid. She listened to her teacher and tried out all the things Chris and I had been trying to get her to do for years. She loved it. Loved it!
There was slight setback when her second class had a substitute teacher fill in. The teacher either taught older kids or just didn't provide enough enthusiasm but Aria almost didn't want to go back to the third lesson. Thank goodness her regular teacher returned and after coaxing Aria to get in the water she was back to being amazing. Kicking her legs, using her arms, dunking her head under the water, and figuring out how to float. The float was probably her most problematic. She was just not a fan, but when it clicked she was so proud. Mom and dad too. There was such a difference between her pre-lessons and that third lesson that I started to tear up watching her. Chris and I were just blown away at all the great progress she has made.
We've got four lessons under our belts now, and signed up for another four. And, every single day she asks if it is swim lessons day and when can she go see Miss Kaitlyn. She thinks the sun and moon of her teacher, which I'm so happy about. It was her first student teacher type situation, and I was pretty nervous about it on that first day. But, clearly listening to a stranger is much more fun than listening to mom and dad =)
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