Hi ladies (and men!)
My daughter is going to be 2 in September, so she is 21 months old or so. She is a very curious, sweet child who has a stubborn streak that I assume must be part of being almost 2. She can get very shy or angry, and these things seem to manifest themselves in pretty basic ways (hiding her face in my skirt; stamping around while shouting and waving her arms). The things that make her shy or angry are also predictable--strangers, men with long pointy beards (lots of those around here, including my own brother), nosy old ladies, etc will make her shy; not getting what she wants (ie messing around with the stroller when she's not in it), or getting what she doesn't want (ie clean diapers when she has something else to do) will make her angry. So, I think she is pretty normal in most ways.
The thing that concerns me is something I noticed on Monday. It was totally unpredictable and seemed bizarre. We signed up for a parent/child swim class, which is meant to familiarize babies with the water. The swimming lesson was difficult. She was okay at first when we went in, then she got very scared and started to cry for Daddy (I was in with her, he was in the bleachers). When I went to take her out, she calmed down a little so we stayed in. But then she kind of started falling asleep, which I thought was a bad sign so I took her out straight away. I was holding her, like I had been doing the whole time, but she just put her head on my shoulder and started to nod off. Her tense and frightened body even started to relax into sleep.
What do you think of this? I think it is very strange. Have any of you experienced this with your own toddlers? At any rate, all of the other children at the lesson--her age and younger--either did fine or only cried for a second, so I felt kind of awkward. I want her to be comfortable in the water because I think that it is dangerous to not know how to swim, even for little children. I know it is normal for her to get scared, and to cry. But, this falling asleep reaction kind of freaked me out.
thanks for reading