Thursday, July 17, 2008
Hot Sun, Cool Water!!
I have finally gotten around to taking some pictures of the boys in the pool this summer. They turned out really cute. Last year Benjamin would not get in the water unless he had his "Angelfish Ring" on. It has been a journey to getting him used to the pool which is weird since the boy absolutely LOVES water. This might have something to do with him almost drowning not last summer but the year before. We were in the pool ( Jacob, Ben, and I) and Ben was in one of those sit in float rings for babies, I was about 6 feet away from him ( which seemed like a mile when it happened) and Jacob was right next to him. Ben was leaning over to play in the water and the float tipped over trapping him under the water. If it were not for Jacob thinking to grab him and hold his head above the water till I could get there we might have lost him. I praised God for a very smart and fast thinking little boy. Jacob got a lot of attention for that one and still likes to talk about the time he saved his brothers life. Anyway, back to this year, I was able to get Benjamin to use just the arm floats. In his mind he felt safer in the ring because it went all the way around him, in my eyes, he could still fall through the ring and not have any protection, but I was not going to scare him with that fact. Well, he is doing very well, and actually likes the arm floats better than the ring now because he can "swim" like his big brother now. We are working on the swiming part. About Jacob, he is doing very well swimming under water and we are working on swiming with his head out of water. He loves to jump in and try to do a variety of tricks, such as his "cannon bomb" and "belly flop". He is not afraid in the least, which sometimes makes me afraid. While we were swiming I thought it might be fon to bring the small slide on to the deck to see if would work for them to slide into the pool. It took a lot of coaxing to get Benjamin to go down it once he saw Jacob go down and go under the water, but we assured him that if he used a ring he would not go all the way under. He finally did and boy did he love it.