Finding Nemo is one of my favorite movies. I remember when Alex was in the hospital for his Pyloric Stenosis surgery at just 7 weeks old; he was going under anesthesia and I was beyond worried. The surgery was only supposed to take an hour. As I sat in the pediatric waiting room at University of Maryland, Finding Nemo played on one of the flat screens. I watched and tried to remain calm. An hour and half had passed and the scene in the movie where Nemo gets caught in the fishing net and is lying on the ocean floor was on…he looks dead and his Father is devastated. I looked up at the clock and started to panic, tears ran down my cheeks, and then the surgeon came out with a big smile on his face. “The surgery went well, Alex is in recovery”. I hugged him. That was the day Alex became my little Nemo.
I remember the first time I watched the movie with him and Aden. They were just over 2 years-old and neither seemed interested. Unlike most Disney movies, Finding Nemo doesn’t have the musical element complete with catchy songs and dancing. A year later, after their 3rd birthdays, we watched it again and they both loved the movie. I’m so excited there is going to be a sequel!One of my favorite parts in the movie is when Dory says…”just keep swimming” It may seem insignificant but this has been my motto for quite some time. No matter how rough the day is, I have to press on and just keep swimming.
Speaking of swimming…this month marks exactly one year since Aden and Alex started private swim lessons at MarTar Swim School. Here is a walk down memory lane…
Aden and Alex’s 1st swim lesson July ’12 (Alex, my little Nemo had no problem, Aden, on the other hand, cried 28 minutes out of the 30 minute lesson): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jebn4S-tOMw
Alex and Aden 1st time jumping in Aug ’12 (week 5): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luQulbm8SwA
Aden swimming with his weight belt Feb ’13: http://youtu.be/B5wTFnJueug
Alex 1st time swimming without floats Feb ‘13: http://youtu.be/RM2N3RgrHjs
Alex jumping in Feb ‘13: http://youtu.be/1JdTD0OK_pw
Aden using the board, kicking his feet Mar ‘13: http://youtu.be/AAK18IbuJew
Alex swimming without floats Mar ‘13: http://youtu.be/InIDGaqk2-c
Alex & Aden now semi-private lessons May ‘13: http://youtu.be/xDqjmcV_Et0
Alex and Aden diving for rings May ’13: http://youtu.be/rMkGPfckC0I
Alex and Aden learning to dive May ’13: http://youtu.be/pDWaDVQPZGc
Aden and Alex’s 1 Year Anniversary at Martar July ‘13: http://youtu.be/NUO-m5Q5s7I
Alex swimming the length of the pool July ’13: http://youtu.be/_wvKKon2g4Q
Aden swimming the length of the pool July ’13: http://youtu.be/HuAPUvUFptQ
Alex starting the backstroke July ’13: http://youtu.be/OlmzqHYyOHo
A year later, both can swim independently without floatation devices. They are both comfortable in water and they love the pool. I no longer fear them falling in and drowning because I know they can stay afloat or swim to the side without panic. Unlike other extracurricular activities, learning to swim is something that could save your life.