When we first got there I didn't think he was going to do it. He wasn't very excited about being there. He got a little pissy when I lowered him into the water, but that was it just pissy not full blown hysterical. I really wanted to be able to stay and watch so I stood off to the side and waited. I figured if it became a problem that I was still in the swim area then I would leave, but only if it became a problem.
It didn't! I spent the first part that I was there, watching but ignoring. I didn't clap or cheer or say anything. I was afraid that if Preston really noticed I was there he would freak out. But then Preston called out for me when the teacher left him by the wall because he realized he could touch! I'd been telling him that he could touch right there and he didn't believe me in the previous lessons, so this was a big deal to him. He was so excited about it. He stood off to the side and played perfectly content to be in the water on his own. Well, not completely on his own since Lightning McQueen did insist on coming along to the lesson.
He even became brave enough to let go of the ledge and just stand in the water! Go Preston!
He enjoyed and actively participated in the rest of the lesson. Much to my relief and surprise. Thank goodness! I was really starting to think swim lessons might have been a waste of time, effort, and money.
We celebrated afterwards with lunch at McDonalds and playing in the play area with Kelly, Zack, and Ryan. Okay, fine you caught me. It wasn't so much a celebration as me and Kelly just didn't feel like going home to make lunch and the boys still wanted to play together! Plus in our defense it was lunch time.