Thursday, June 28th, 2007 at 9:19 pm by EbonyMom
This summer has been far busier than I ever would have anticipated. Who knew that summer activities could eat up so much time? EBoy has officially completed his very first swimming class. I’m proud to announce I officially have a swimmer!
Water has always been a major issue for EBoy starting at birth. Some of his earliest displays of his Sensory Integration Dysfunction involved trying to bathe him as an infant. We followed every trick in the book to try to ease him through his intense reaction to water but nothing worked until we finally just started carrying him into the shower to bath him (skin to skin contact always soothed him). He was over a year old before bathing him in the tub became a viable option without screaming and sheer terror. So, as you can imagine swimming was not high on our radar of things to do.
While I really want my children to feel confident in the water and know water safety, I just couldn’t risk EBoy developing a deep fear of water and having a difficult time recovering. This year we asked him if he wanted swimming lessons and he replied with a big yes. I let him know that he could just try it and we’ll see if he likes it or not. The swimming instructor I found came highly recommended from some of the teachers and parents at his preschool. She is a certified swim instructor and also a PE coach at a local elementary school.
The moms had to bring their kids in and sit on the other side of a wall so we could not be seen. We could hear her teaching our kids from where we were sitting and I was amazed to hear EBoy jumping in and doing great right from the beginning. In his final class he jumped in to swim across to his teacher, dove down to grab rings from the bottom of the pool steps, treaded water, and was fearless and confident in each exercise.
Now, he begs me to go to our neighborhood pool every single day. Only two small issues: 1. the constant rain 2. ETot. I’m not complaining about the rain because the temperature is divine, but Dallas having more rain than Seattle? I’d never thought I’d see the day! The continual rolling thunderstorms does not make it very safe to get in the pool though and some days the water is still too cold to swim in (in Texas in JUNE! wow!) ETot has decided that he is absolutely against this whole “outdoor bath” thing(he was so puzzled during swimming lessons as to why EBoy got to take a bath while he didn’t). All day long while we are home he demands to take a bath! And wash hands! And dump water in as many places as possible if he can get his hands on it! But sadly the pool is just not something he’s willing to partake in.
I’ll continue to take my little fish out as often as we can, I’m just so relieved that EBoy has discovered the joy of swimming.