Anyway, our neighborhood has a huge swimming team. A few months ago, I asked Drew if he'd be interested in that instead of baseball. He wasn't sure, but then I was explaining how a swim meet worked and he was convinced when I said "they have a stop-watch to time how fast you swim....just like on WIPEOUT!".
It was a great plan except for one small problem....he..... ummmmm......didn't really know how to swim. Ooops. But, I had a plan!! When I signed him up a few months ago, my plan was that we would get him in some lessons before the season started and as soon as our pool opened, we would get over there and get him up to speed. It was a great plan except for the fact that this is the kid that BROKE HIS ARM! It's hard to learn to swim with a broken arm. We also got really busy with school, the birthdays and all of the year end activities so, needless to say, when the season started Drew still did not know how to swim.
I was really stressing about what to do. I ended up taking Drew to the first practice and quick ran over to the coach to tell her to make sure that he didn't sink. He survived the first "practice" with his bright red cast, and a lot of help from the coaches and the lane lines. Unfortunately, it rained the rest of the week. He skipped the first 2 meets because we figured that he needed a little more practice before swimming in a real meet. This week was a bit better, weather wise, so he got to participate in all of the practices. Even though he still really needed to rely on the lane line, he no longer needed the coach so, he participated in his first meet Thursday night.
Our little fish getting ready for his 1st meet...
Drew swam in boys 8 and under, 25 meter, free style. It was definitely a proud Mom moment. He worked so hard and made his way across the whole pool. I even had enough room on my memory card to record the whole 1.31 minute swim. It was very cool!
After the race...
One proud kid!
Drew is very much looking forward to his next meet and improving on his time. We can't wait!!