Recently I started Toddler in swim lessons. She’s three now, and while we don’t have a pool ourselves, my in-laws and my brother both do, so I thought it was time to learn some water safety. I didn’t know how it would go, particularly because she kind of, sort of, isn’t a fan of water on her face. And by that I mean screaming bloody murder if she’s anywhere near a spraying showerhead. The lessons are also very costly. About a dollar a minute. But what the heck, it’s a heated indoor pool with teachers who are great at what they do. If a few lessons gets her to not be afraid of the water, I figured it was worth it.
And I’m very happy to say that… it’s been a blast! She’s been making steady progress with every lesson. We went from not wanting to put any part of her head in the water at all, to being able to dip her entire head under and pop back up. After only 3 lessons. So, full steam ahead. Hopefully she’ll be able to swim by the time she’s done with our 8 lesson package.
I had no idea that I could be so proud of her overcoming her fears. I feel a little silly cheering for her by the side of the pool when she does a back float, but really that emotion just cannot be contained.
And I realized that I really, really want my other kids to be a part of this too. The twins are 7 months old, too young to participate in these sorts of activities, I thought. But I saw a set of 8 month old twin brothers in the Parent and Me class. And the instructors tell me they take babies as young as 3 months. While I haven’t seen any that young, it’s definitely true that that the babies are the ones who take to the water with no fear. While the 2 year olds are crying and refusing to try stuff, the babies are just happy as can be, kicking the water like they’re in a comfy bath.
So that brings me to the real reason for this post. If I had only one baby I wouldn’t hesitate to enroll in another class. How great would it be to have the peace of mind of knowing your baby would know what to do in an accidental fall-in? But mostly because it would be fun, something all the kids could experience together, and a nice way to spend the summer. I could schedule back-to-back lessons for Toddler and baby, so baby and I could cheer for Toddler during her class, and Toddler can watch or play in the kiddie pool while I’m in the water with baby. However, I don’t only have one baby. The process would be much more difficult with two. I would either have to take them one at a time, or get another person to come with us. Neither option is really all that feasible, requiring the coordination of lots of schedules/people, and they don’t account for my third child.
Unless Husband is really enthusiastic about doing a family lesson on the weekend with all 3 kids (and even that would be a little tough), I’m going to take a pass for the babies this summer. Which is too bad, because I already bought an adorable tiny swimsuit and swim trunks for them.
And I think, will all activities in the future be like this? Mommy and Me classes where we’re the Mommy-and-Me-and-Me? At some point I know they won’t need me as much and joining activities will get much easier, but until then, are we relegated to not attending? What activities, if any, are conducive to a 2 to 1 ratio?