30 Days of Blogging, Day 17

Avery’s in Duck swim class now. She was in the Starfish class when she was 4-8 months old and she loved it. Today was the first class of the season and she hated it. I don’t really understand why, since we’ve been swimming with her since her last lessons (September was the last time), and the starfish and duck classes include the parents, so I was holding her the whole time. She started screaming (not just crying – angry screaming) the second her toes hit the water, and only calmed down after 15 minutes. The instructor brought her a toy boat and whale and eventually she let her guard down enough to play with them a bit, but she was glued to me, and giving the instructor the side-eye. I just let her get used to the pool for the whole lesson and didn’t push her to try any of the floats or kicks.

Swimming lessons this season are actually going to be her Mo’s thing, but my wife had to be out of town today so I took her. Luckily for me, my mom was visiting and I had an extra set of hands in the change room. It’s really a lot easier with a second set of hands. I had visions of sitting at home in my pajamas on Saturday mornings, drinking coffee and reading a book, while my wife took the kid to swim. But I’m realizing that I’m probably going to have to go with them to help with saturated swim diapers, sticky bathing suits, and towel caddying.

Here she was over a year ago as a 5 month old, enjoying her first swim.

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4 thoughts on “30 Days of Blogging, Day 17

  1. Apologies if you’re not in the market for advice but we struggled mightily with toddler and preschool swimming lessons after smooth sailing baby lessons. The latter was because of noise and splashing mostly, but the former was because she had witnessed another kid do a skill that she (Clementine) was neither ready nor eager to do and was TERRRIFIED that I/the teacher was going to make her do it. It took us all eight weeks of the session to get this information out of her.

    Also, for your wife, the routine really does get easier with practice. Believe in her and you may get your coffee yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. I find toddler swimming SOOO much easier with Mr. MPBs help in the change room. Thankfully we live in a time of universal change rooms because I have no idea how solo parents handle the change room!
    I hope she starts enjoying swimming asap. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. The change room is the biggest challenge! Our pool has family change rooms which are awesome. I can get H changed and then he’s contained in the small room with the door solidly locked. Then I can get changed without fear of him running off while I’m half naked. Once we had to do the open women’s change room because all of the family ones were taken and I got myself dressed first and then H. It seemed the easier routine as he was less likely to move as fast with wet bare feet on the wet floor than with dried off, shoe covered feet. You really learn how to get changed fast when you have a toddler with you! You almost need a leash to keep around your wrist and hers to hold her in place haha

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