Hello all, Happy June. I have been AWOL for quite a while. Very busy at work, and then I have this 8 month old baby at home. Oh wait ...
The best thing to happen to me recently was getting the Ergo carrier for Mother's Day. Yeehaw. So comfortable, & Lucy loves it. Even snoozed during Doing The Dishes a couple days ago. Thanks to all who steered me that direction.
Today she started her swim lessons. Her dad, a teenage lifeguard in a former life, took her in -- I was chicken & stayed on the deck taking pictures. The pool was having trouble with the boiler so it was pretty cold, not the best introduction possible, and the instructor was about 14 and not terribly effective. Lucy wailed for the first 10 minutes or so, but then her pop got her distracted with some spinning around, kicking & a rubber duck, and altogether it did not go badly. There were plenty of older kids in the class having their first lesson who were coming apart at the seams the whole time, so I thought she fared pretty well. Afterwards she was fascinated by all the kids in the locker room, and when we left, she was so clearly pleased with herself. She just kept grinning and chortling and acting all grown up. Then upon returning home, for the first time she stood up in her pack-and-play thingy while holding on to the sides & just stood there, again looking all proud of herself. Then she ate a couple of cheese crackers and I felt like she just grew up a month in about 12 hours.
Wow, this is fun!!! Fun, fun, fun. Hard, but fun.
For all of you who have done, or know about, the infant swim thing -- is there a good website on which to read about the Water Babies method or equivalent? It seems like we are going to need to educate ourselves about the theory of teaching a baby to swim, because our swim teacher is not inspiring confidence. I get how to play with her in the pool, but, um, putting her face in scares the crap out of me. How do I make it so she's happy I did that???
Lucy's grandpa & grandma (my partner's dad & stepmom) are arriving tomorrow from Kentucky & we have about a million things to do to make this place livable before then, so I had better get started. I will try to do better about staying caught up with this thread this month.