Saturday, February 25, 2012

Over coming fears

I have noticed in the past couple of weeks that Aidan is starting to over come some fears. For starters he is getting over his fear of water. Yesterday Aidan had his best swimming lesson yet. I think taking him 2 days a week is really paying off. Mr. Matt was bragging about Aidan to the other swim instructor telling her that just a few weeks ago he was ambivalent to get in the water. He loves getting in the water now and I have to drag him out at the end of the lesson. He is now holding his breath and working on propelling forward while Mr. Matt holds on to him. I asked Aidan what his favorite part about swimming was and he said it was "putting his face in the water"! What a huge improvement! Also, I took him to the beach on Thursday after school for the first time in a long time. Last year he was afraid to even get close to the water. This year he ran right to the water and started throwing rocks in it. He found a friend to play with and he got in to his mid calf. They played and splashed. He did fall down a couple of times (which prompted him to not like the ocean last year). I watched him to see what he would do. He had a slight look of panic on his face so I started walking to him to give him a hand, but he managed to get up on his own. I gave him a high five and he went on playing like nothing happened. He did tell me later that he "got knocked down by a 9 foot wave" but it was really only about 4 inches. lol! It is all just a matter of perspective. I'm sure when he was rolling around in the water it felt like 9 feet. I know that with all of his new found confidence that I am going to have to keep a closer eye than ever on him when he is near the water. We are going to continue with swim lessons, so hopefully he will be able to really swim by summer time.

Today at tee ball they had their first scrimmage. It was the 3 year olds versus the 4 year olds. Once again I didn't have my camera but it was ultra cute! I am so impressed with the way they go about teaching the kids how to play. I think they are all actually starting to get an idea of how the game is played. They are going to start teaching them how to slide soon so I will be sure to take pictures that day!

On Monday he starts gymnastics! I bought a special on Groupon so it is only 3 classes. I figured this would be enough to at least see if he likes it or not and to see if he wants to continue.