Yep. That's right. We have a baby who thinks he's part fish! How/why did we start teaching our 18 month old baby how to swim, you ask?
Okay, so Eli loves his baths. In fact, he loves ANYTHING to do with water. So, we decided to see if he would enjoy playing in the local (indoor) community pool.
When Patrick was really small (younger even that Eli), he was part of a swim program to help babies learn to float on their backs in water. Patrick quickly progressed from there and even joined a swim team when he turned old enough to compete (around age 5). He is an awesome swimmer! SO....we decided that if Eli liked the pool, that there was a strong possibility that we could start teaching him to swim.
He. LOVED. It.
First, we brought out some swim toys - Eli loved the "noodles".
Getting some water splashing tips from Patrick : ).
Apparently, swim noodles can double as squirters...the lifeguards weren't thrilled to nearly get squirted...
Monkey see, Monkey do, Monkey gets in trouble, too...
Nothing like finding another noodle to double the fun!
Next, Patrick had Eli hang on to the noodles while he dragged Eli up and down the pool. Eli loved the feeling of moving in the water, so Patrick started teaching him to kick his feet.
Here's a quick clip:
Later, Eli decided to go without the noodle for a while. He was mimicking Patrick's swimming motions (mostly kicking), while Patrick supported him and helped him move through the water. That's actually what he was doing in the picture at the top of the page : ).
Okay...here's a slight change of focus. I really wanted a cute caption for the next one. But I can't come up with anything great without being mean to the unusual looking people who had just come in to swim...and their appearances definitely caught Eli by surprise. His expression still makes me laugh!
When Eli seemed to lose interest in gliding and kicking with the noodles, we decided to call it a day...
But Eli had other ideas! And this set off about 15 minutes of getting out and jumping back in!
Still working on his jumping...but wants BACK IN!
We finally got Eli out of the pool, so that we could get some lunch (it was nearly 2 pm!). However, he loved it so much, we are thinking of taking Eli swimming a few times a month. Luckily, the pool is both indoor and heated, so it is open year-round : ).