Friday, July 15, 2011

Finding His Inner Nemo

Isaiah hasn't really taken to the water like we had hoped.  We had hoped to get him in to take swimming lessons this summer, but our work schedules combined with suddenly having to put the house on the market stopped that idea dead in its tracks.  So, we just try to get the boys in the water as often as we can. 

They love to play in shallow "kiddie pools," as you can see by this little gem here:

It's when we get to an actual pool that Isaiah's fear starts to come out.  Even with floaties on, he's refused to let go of his adult swimming buddy or to do anything other than float on a lounge chair. 

Even on our little visit to his Aunt Ashley's pool last weekend, he started off by clutching me around the neck and waist like a crab.  Slowly, we encouraged him to get more and more daring.  Before too long, he was doing this:

Not exactly swimming, but it was a good start!  Suddenly, Isaiah asked Ashley to jump into the pool from the concrete and she replied, "I will if you will."  He thought about this for a moment and then agreed that was fair.  At first, he was still too scared to actually jump, but all it took was some magic words from his aunt to get him to take the leap:

"I'll give you a popsicle if you jump."

Before we knew it, we had this kid on our hands:

He was so proud of himself and I couldn't stop smiling.

And he actually got two popsicles.

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