Saturday, August 2, 2014

All By Himself

As is always the case at the end of the summer, we have been so busy. Aiden has had swim lessons every day. Connor has had pre-k every day. Connor has been doing soccer in the evenings once a week. Add in there all my running, our birthdays, anniversaries, outings, and just normal house to-do's and you have the makings of a busy few weeks.

For the last two weeks, Aiden has been doing swim lessons every morning for a half an hour. I really don't even have enough words to tell you how excited he was about it. This is really the first thing he has done that he got to do all by himself. I really wanted to sign Isabella up, but she just wasn't ready. I'm all for encouraging my kids to try new things and showing them that they can push past the fear to do it, but there's a fine line between wanting to teach her to try new things and forcing her to do something I just know she's not ready to do. So, we'll wait a year. I asked her several times while Aiden was at swim if she wanted to do swim lessons too and almost always she vigorously shook her head no.

After watching his big brother in lessons, Aiden knew exactly what to expect!

 I really feel lucky to be a stay at home mama in the summer - because I might have to miss this. It was so awesome seeing him SHINE.
 Connor was at Pre-K every day, so it was just Isabella and I who would watch. Every day she'd give him a little pep-talk. In the photo below, she was having a little pep-talk with him right before I took this. He had cried the day before because he couldn't find me (I had moved into the shade) and so she said to him, "Aiden you aren't going to cry today, right? Right Aiden?" He agreed he wouldn't cry and didn't.
 He would watch the other kids when he'd get there and beg me to get in the water. I'd have to reassure him multiple times that his class would be starting soon.
 He would listen so well to his teachers.
 Every day he'd ask for his picture. Sometimes he'd request that Isabella be in it with him and other times he'd ask to be in it by himself, "because I a big boy, Mama."
 He'd say, "Sissy here!" and then if I'd try to snap the photo, he'd tell me to "wait," because he wanted to put his arm around her.
 I really liked his teachers. They were really great. There was a little boy in their group who cried throughout every single lesson - the entire time and they were SO great with him. I was impressed with their patience. I'm pretty sure I would have been tempted to tell his parents he just wasn't ready. But they just kept at it, with a smile on their faces and lots and lots of interactive and creative ways to get him to have fun.
On the last day, they all sat in a circle and got their report cards. Aiden was SO proud. Every couple of hours, still, he asks me to get the report card down off the refrigerator, so he can carry it around. So sweet.
Daddy even got to come to a few lessons, which made Aiden's day. Isn't that how it always is? Don't be excited that I'm there every time, buddy! Nope. But jump for joy when Daddy comes. ;-) Life of a stay at home Mama.


J Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ah! he looks like such a big boy in all these pictures! I'm still having a hard time telling what's fun for one of my twins might not be fun for the other--good job, mama!

J Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Right?!? Doesn't he look SOO big? It's so much easier when they like the same things! It's been an adventure having a shy child and I am learning so much about it!

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