Last summer I started to teach Ellie how to swim after a very scary incident involving her falling in the pool. I found that she was learning best if I took her in the pool immediately after we ate breakfast. Shortly after I started that I got sick with what I believe was the swine flu and we didn't go swimming again until this past May. With school being in session up until two days ago swimming in the morning simply wasn't happening for us.
This morning I decided that I needed to try morning swim lessons again. I had been trying to teach her in the afternoons for the past month, but she wasn't very focused. Imagine my shock when after about 20 minutes of working on swim skills in the pool this morning Ellie began to swim on her own. I have no words to describe how amazing it is to see her swim on her own and know that I taught her. I was over the moon when I watched Madeline learn how to swim from an instructor and it's just as amazing to see Ellie reach the same milestone.
Ellie is thrilled that she can swim. She was so excited that she didn't want to get out of the pool. She can't wait to show Bryan what she can do.
Here's a video that Madeline took of Ellie swimming this morning: