After not running for 4 months, I’ve been trying to get back to it… I’m attempting to run once a week. Don’t worry, my doctor says its okay and I’m taking it really easy. My run last week was on an ominous day. Actually, every day for the past week or so has been rather ominous… lots of gray clouds and threats of rain with only sporadic bursts of actual rain. I love running on days like this. The sun isn’t beating down on you, there is a little bit of a breeze and the sky is so interesting to look at.
Bug started swim lesson on Saturday! Ok, short run down on Bug’s swimming progress over the last year:
- Beginning of last summer (exactly 2 years old) – Bug LOVED the water. He would hold himself under as long as he could, jump in off the side all by himself (with someone there to catch him, of course) and by the middle of summer would even swim underwater from you to the wall about 4 feet away. He had a swim vest thing that barely let him float and he’d kick all around the pool wearing it. We’re all, he’ll be swimming by himself in no time! No lessons needed!
- End of last summer (2 years, 4 months old) – Bug realized that water is something he maybe, possibly should be afraid of. Awesome. Refused the swim vest. Absolutely no jumping in. Wouldn’t leave the steps… not even holding on to Mom & Dad. He would still put his face under, but only from the second step down.
- This spring (April – 2 years, 10 months old) – First pool excursion since last year (finally warm enough). Bug would go into the water holding onto me for dear life. He would also jump in, but only if I held both of his hands.
Back to swim lessons. I fully expected him to freak out as soon as the teacher pulled him into the water. I think I knew that he actually wouldn’t freak out, but I prepared myself for it. He did fantastic. He was excited the whole time, and each time he was in the water, he did exactly what the teacher instructed. Now, she never let go of him, but he didn’t hold on like crazy either. He had another lesson on Sunday and did just as well. She dunked each kid underwater and he came up smiling. I would like to mention, though, that my child definitely was the least attentive while sitting on the steps waiting for the other kids to have their turns. Not that he was intentionally disruptive or misbehaving, but there was a lot of splashing and talking involved. Credit that to either a) he’s the youngest in the class or b) he’s Scary Uncle Adam’s nephew.