25 months and We are Swimming Again!

I decided this would be the year Anjie got into swimming regularly!

We’ve gone swimming a couple of times since she was born and it was interesting… The first time I’d say she liked it-ish. She was about 5 months so what did she know, we just went there, we played in the water for a bit and got out. The 2nd time, she was just over a year and she wasn’t quite keen. I’m sure she spent more time walking around the pool than actually being IN the pool! But at least we sha got into the pool.

So 2014, I said let’s do it right! Because my daughter must know how to swim!!

I went looking for swimming lessons for toddlers because I said to myself, the only way I’d get us to go swimming was if I paid for it! Yes, I’m that kind of person – I’m lazy like that :). However, once money is involved, I’m a whole new person! There’s no way I’m going to pay for swimming lesson and not attend it! Even if we have to go there kicking and screaming… which sort of happened!

So, I found the closest toddler swimming class – it was about 15mins away from us, and figured, that’s alright. Its a term thing so just about 8 weeks – 8 sessions and after that? We’ll cross that bridge when we get there!

The first lesson was on Friday so I closed early from work, went to pick up my daughter from nursery, a little nervous but also excited, considering I know she wasn’t too keen on swimming last time.

The swimming lesson was supposed to start at 4.30pm and last for 30mins. Anjie and I got there 4.45pm :(. Big mistake! Well, what can I say, I got lost, even with my sat nav AND phone to navigate me. The stupid address wasn’t on the maps so had to ask directions. I knew I should have done a recon mission a day or two before – this will NOT be happening again!

By the time my daughter and I changed and actually entered the pool it was 4.50pm.

Then my daughter cried the whole 10mins we were in the pool.

After the session I spoke to the instructor and she was quite understanding. Explained that the other kids (there were about 4 other kids with their mums – Anjie was the youngest though) also started out that way too and it usually takes a short while to settle them – music especially helps.

So next time hopefully it’ll be better, because yes, there will be a next time! And it’ll be happening this Friday. Why? Because I’ve paid for it and my money will not go to waste.

And just in case, I’ll be doing a recon mission before Friday to make sure I know where I’m going this time! πŸ™‚

Wish me luck, because I’ll be needing it. Also, if you have any tips for swimming with kids and toddlers please help a sister!!

P.S

If you’re wondering why there are no pictures in this post it’s because I was too upset and stressed to take one, even though I got her this cute swimming suit and all :). Maybe I’ll get lucky the second time? πŸ™‚

x

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9 comments

  1. yes, that was the first thing i looked for before reading…..a PHOTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😦
    Also, seems like you are a thorough Ijebu now…..
    P.S. a few typos you may wanna read through.

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    1. Lol, yes oh!! After all, I married one so guess he’s rubbing off on me! πŸ˜€
      Yeah hopefully there’ll be pictures next time, fingers crossed.
      And thanks for the heads up, think I’ve got most of them… x

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  2. Enjoy your swimming time πŸ™‚ We’ve been doing baby swim classes with both of mine from about 3/4 months and, yes, the only way I can get myself into the hassle of taking them to the pool is through prepaid organisational motivation. I’m afraid my babes love the water so not many tips apart from maybe pretend a bit in a deep bath at home with some splashing before next time.

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    1. Hi! thanks for the comment! Yes, I’m really hoping the next class goes better and she starts to enjoy it too because she does love a deep bath at home, but maybe that’s because she can actually sit or stand in the water! We’ll see how it goes this week! πŸ™‚ x

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  3. Have you tried any fun toys in the water? We have one of those noodles that kids can play with and use to float in the water and Abby LOVES it. Good luck with the lessons. I think it’s a necessity that children learn how to swim and fend for themselves in the water. Never know how it will help them later on in life!

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    1. Hi Amy, yes oh! We’ve got loads of toys in her bath at home and she’s quite happy to play in that! I think the size of the swimming pool was a little bit daunting for her, because they did have water toys and night lights too but she wasn’t interested in them! Thanks for the encouragement! On to the next class, lol x

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