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I have a little fish! [Jul. 11th, 2011|12:23 pm]
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Little Dude can totally swim without me now, given a floaty barbell to hang onto. It gives me palpitations to see him blithely heading out to the deep end, one hand grimly gripping his barbell and one hand outstretched for rubber-ducky collection. I feel like a goalie, or an orbiting moon as I follow him. If I get too close, though, he's all "No mommy do it. Baby do it by self."

He's taken a couple duckings for his pride, and of course, I never want to be so far off I can't just fish him back out. Still, it's a mixed set of emotions, watching him swim off alone. Pride, fear, admiration...

It's funny, because I have heard some people say they felt the same way when their kid learned to walk. I was pleased when the Little Dude took his first steps, but I think I just took it for granted more. Everyone learns to walk, sooner or later, unless one is subject to some physical disability.

Seeing him strike off on his own in the water, though - fearless, determined, joyful... It pulls at my heart.
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[User Picture]From: jjaquinta
2011-07-11 04:27 pm (UTC)

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Maybe we need to put him in Diana in the same pool. Despite several weeks of swimming lessons (unfortunately scheduled during her naptime) she only actually swam freely once and spent the rest of the time limpeted to me tighter than a barnacle. Maybe Nathan can up the ante...
[User Picture]From: richenza
2011-07-11 04:37 pm (UTC)

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Hmmm. I will look into it. My gym has Family Swim Sundays, and I could probably get you a guest pass.

Swim lessons are a mixed bag. I think they were really beneficial for laying groundwork, but he hasn't really been willing to fly solo until we started doing the family swim thing.

The swim classes are super-short - half an hour - and very structured. The family swim runs from 4-7, and they just throw a bunch of toys in the pool and let the little ones have at. Plus, they really boost the heat in there for those hours, so you're not battling temperature. I find that a less-structured environment makes Little Dudes more willing to explore.