Porter has long since graduated from his ISR (see previous blog) floating lessons. Although I'm not supposed to post video of them doing instruction, I can't help it because I'm so proud. Don't tell anyone. The video is of our swim instructor and Porter perfecting his float. Watch as she simulates him falling in, flips him over to disorient him, and each time, he calmly floats to the surface and waits patiently for someone to come get him. Although this doesn't ever make a child drownproof, it sure gives him a chance. This fall, we will work on swimming as well as floating. She did tell us that out of the hundreds of babies she has done this for, Porter is the calmest one and learned in almost record time. (4 weeks) She wants a first class flight to the Olympics opening ceremonies. We one-upped that and offered to fly her private :)
Sloane, on the other hand, has been a bit of a struggle. I made the mistake of not starting her when she was a baby and we have had a tougher time getting her comfortable in the water. This program is not for the squeamish or faint of heart or lazy parent - it's every day, 5 days a week at 7:45 in the morning. And for 2 months, Sloane has screamed through every minute of it. Sloane is also a bit like her mommy and has a bit of a stubborn streak in her - she will do things on her own time, on her own terms, and when she's darn good and ready and not a minute sooner. A couple of weeks ago, our hard work paid off. Sloane is SWIMMING and fearless!
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