Well, the girls completed 6 weeks of swimming lessons and have dramatically improved in the water.
I have 5 videos for each girl of their progress. However, since Vimeo will only let me upload so much per week for free, I'll be spacing out the posts.
When she first began, Elizabeth wouldn't really jump into the water. She would just kindof fall into someone's arms who happened to be in the water. She still won't jump without someone close enough to touch their hand, but she has gotten better.
Six weeks ago she would not leave the wall unless she could hold on to someone. Now she just kicks and floats her way around the pool. She is so, so, so much more comfortable in the water.
Her favorite game is Gingerbread Man. Her instructor, an awesome lady named Tonia who Elizabeth affectionately calls her "Rainbow Girl" because of her bathing suit, would line all the kids up on the wall or on the steps and then say, "Okay, You can't catch me! I'm the Gingerbread Man!" And all the kids would let go of the wall and kick their way to see who could tag her first. In the beginning Elizabeth wouldn't even chase her... she wouldn't let go of the wall. Now she loves it! When I take her to the pool, she tells me, "Go somewhere so I can chase you!"
She is still only comfortable swimming with a float on. I have a Speedo float vest we use when I bring her but she is very comfortable with no more than that. Her confidence level is above and beyond what it was only a few weeks ago when she wouldn't let go of me in the pool.
She is a lot more relaxed now as well and enjoys just having fun in the pool. Here you can see her riding the "Seahorse" noodle and using it to make an elephant trunk - another game Tonia taught her.
She still doesn't like getting her face in the water, which is the main step she needs to work on but she has come a long way in a short time.