Monday, September 27, 2010

Jumping Into the Kiddie End of the Pool

Yesterday, our little guy had his very first swim lesson! I'm not exactly sure what to say on this topic, but I know that an occasion of this magnitude demands to be blogged.

Here are a few random thoughts:

  • We're taking this course through Arlington County. It's our first attempt at a county class and I've got to say I'm impressed. We were met at the door of the pool by a nice lady who greeted us and took us on a quick tour. It was all very welcoming.
  • I know I shouldn't brag -- but I can't resist. Our little guy was an absolute rock star. He loves the water (and anything that's potentially hazardous to his health: stairs, throwing himself on random things in his play room, climbing the walls of his pack-n-play, etc.) and was eager to get into the pool. For about 40 minutes he was in absolute heaven just splashing around.
  • I couldn't fathom what the actual course material would be for teaching a 1 year old to swim. Turns out, the real student here is the parent. The goal being to teach us to create a safe and fun environment for a baby to get comfortable in the water. This is definitely an admirable goal and one I'm glad I'm learning.
  • The other parents were quite nice and I could see how this would be an ideal activity to connect with other parents.
  • The best part of the experience: our little one was so wiped out from all his "swimming" that he took a 2½ hour nap when he was done. Compare that to the 20 minute nap he took this afternoon at daycare. Swimming rocks.

All in all, I'm really glad we took the plunge (sorry, couldn't resist) and signed up for the course. It definitely seems like a winner.

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