Two weeks ago Adelaide and I started swimming lessons!! Well, a more accurate description is probably structured swimming pool time, but you get the idea.
This was Adelaide’s first experience with a body of water larger than her bath tub, and boy did she love it! She was so excited when she first saw the pool that she instantly wanted to get in (talk about TERRIFYING! for me…). We did, however, manage to wait the five minutes for class to start and entered the water safely.
Our first class was all about water safety for parents with babies. There was some good information about ways to hold your baby safely in the pool, ways to enter and exit a pool safely holding your child, and tips for treading water while trying to hold a baby (SOOOO HARD!).
Our next two classes had more content for the kiddos. We sang songs and blew bubbles and had the kids float on their backs and helped them “jump” into the water from the side of the pool. All kinds of great things! Adelaide’s favorites are bubbles and the Humpty Dumpty song on the side of the pool (because she gets to “jump” into the water). OH, and she also loves when we spend time in the shallow end of the pool where she can stand on her own feet.
Watching a toddler try to stand in 12 inches of water really makes you realize how finely tuned our muscle control becomes as adults! Adelaide fell completely under water the first time she tried standing in the shallow end. She didn’t cry or swallow any water (thank goodness!) but it definitely shook her up. She’s been much more cautious around the pool ever since.
The lessons are twice a week through mid December, but two lessons in a week seems to be a bit overwhelming for Adelaide. We may have to drop it down to once a week. We’ll see how things go!
I don’t have any photos of Adelaide at swimming lessons (because it is impossible to be both in the pool with her and taking photos at the same time!) but I’m hoping Aunt Dana will join us for a lesson one of these weeks and maybe she can get a shot or two so I can share them with you!