I’ve been taking Caroline to a splash fountain near by for the past week. She loves it and we both have so much fun. We go at around 9/9:30 in the morning when it is nice and quiet, and the sun isn’t too hot yet. It has been a wonderful way to spend our mornings!
So, I thought Caroline was having fun at the fountain. The fountain is apparently NOTHING in comparison to the POOL! Holy moly did she have fun at her first pool visit of the season!
Caroline has always liked water, so this is no surprise. She loved the pool last season when she was just 6 months old. She is such a little fish and even kicks and moves her arms. This year she knows what I mean when I say to kick her legs and move her arms. She loves the splash that it makes and has a blast listening to mamas directions.
Yesterday we tried out the small wading pool first. She was simply thrilled. She splashed with her hands and kicked her legs. She was giggling and screaming with delight the entire time. Took a face plant or two and was right back to it!
I then took her in the big pool. She had so much fun trying to swim, she was actually trying to push me away for more independence! I decided it would be fun to see if she’d jump in from the side (while I caught her in the pool). I honestly didn’t think she’d do it so easily. This girl was thrilled and jumped right in. “More, more, more!” she’d exclaim every time! She did it over and over. Again,she wanted me to move and get the heck out of the way. Too bad for her I’m not going anywhere just yet! LOL
She then noticed the ladder to get out. This girl is brilliant, I swear. Why I didn’t think to show her initially is beyond me, but I was glad she was interested. I took the time to show her how to get out. She climbed up and out with little assistance. Such a great idea to show her how to get out of the pool. She is WAY too young to be in the pool alone or even without someone holding her, but if something were to happen and she needed out, I love the idea that she knows how to do so. I am glad she brought this to my attention. I’ll keep showing her for that just in case emergency situation!
It also got me thinking about swimming lessons. I was planning on doing it even younger than she is now (last winter). I simply didn’t get around to it. Now that I am seeing how much she loves the water, however, I am excited to just jump in and do this now. I found a great swim school that has sessions starting in less than two weeks. I think we are going to take full advantage of this opportunity, because we will obviously be spending a lot of time at the pool this summer. This will be a great way for her to learn some water skills and for mama to learn how to safely give her a little more independence in the water.
UPDATE: We will not be doing swimming lessons at this age. From what I can tell, the ones for this age are simply to get them comfortable with the water (which Caroline already is)! From talking with other moms, they sound like really expensive playdates! LOL Looking into a different activity for us as a result….