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.