Chloe’s started swimming!

Chloe has been on the waiting list for swimming lessons since forever.  It feels that way anyhow.  She knew she could have lessons when she was three and on her third birthday started asking when Ben would be teaching her to swim.  We put her on the waiting list from around May last year expecting a short wait and her to be swimming by September.  As it was she was offered lessons almost immediately however they were early on a Thursday evening and there was just no chance I’d have been able to get her there when I was working so we had to decline them and get her back on the list. 

Every week she patiently watches Ben have his lessons and asks when it’s her turn.  Yesterday. Finally. I got a phone call saying she could start this afternoon! 

This was her reaction to the news: 

I warned her that the water would be cold, it wouldn’t be like getting in the bath!  She said she didn’t mind but I can’t say I wasn’t worried she might not enjoy that element of things!  We talked about having to get changed and go and sit on the side with Ben, about listening to her teacher and doing as she was told and then getting changed again afterwards.  She was so excited and told everyone she saw for the rest of the day! 

This morning she got up and asked if it was a swimming day then ran around her bedroom excitedly before quickly having a little strop that she needed to put her school uniform on telling me “But you said it was a swimming day!” – I had to explain that she would be going to school as normal and we’d go swimming after we’d picked Ben up at tea time. 
When we got to the swimming pool I walked behind them as Chloe asked Ben “So how do you swim then?” and he explained carefully that she should “kick her legs, hard but not splashy” and then she’d move but the teacher would tell her how to do it properly – they were very sweet.  I was really impressed by how quickly and sensibly they both got changed, it certainly made my life a bit easier!  By the time I got upstairs they were both sat next to each other at the side of the pool waiting for their lesson to start. 

I could see she was excited but I was nervous that she might not be so impressed once she actually got in the water.  I was so proud of her for getting in to the pool straight away, no messing, no fuss.  She was obviously nervous but listened carefully to what she was told to do and tried really hard.  Much like Ben when he first started swimming she really wasn’t keen on lying on her back so we might have to work on that in the bath a bit.

I even managed to take a sneaky video for Daddy – don’t tell anyone!! 

When she came out of the water I asked her if she’d liked it and she told me she hadn’t because it was cold.  I think in actually fact she had quite enjoyed the swimming but just didn’t like the getting out and getting changed bit – and who can blame her, getting dressed after swimming is never any fun is it?  Much as she was hard work to get dressed she did cope pretty well.  I think I might need to invest in some onsies for getting them dressed a bit faster even if they are something of an abomination! If anyone has any tips for getting them both dried and changed quickly then do let me know!


  1. January 27, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    Oh that video! She is so cute!! Love her! LP goes swimming every Wednesday after preschool and has been going since September. It is, without a doubt, my hardest day of the week – having to get her changed and then dried and dressed after all whilst wrestling with Little Man. The last three weeks she hasn't enjoyed it at all but hoping tomorrow she'll love it again! x

    • January 27, 2015 / 10:38 pm

      Yes swimming lessons really are their own special kind of hell aren't they – I've always had Amy in the carrier, trying to keep an eye on Chloe roaming the changing rooms and Ben to get dressed. Today it was almost easier having them both shut in the same changing room & the lesson itself was definitely easier with only one to look after while the other two were in the pool!
      Hope LP has a great lesson tomorrow x

  2. February 3, 2015 / 10:58 am

    Lovely reaction on the video! The changing bit is always a bit "brrr" but the time in the pool will hopefully make up for it. Thanks for linking up with #SSAmazingAchievements

  3. Jane Escapades
    February 3, 2015 / 7:45 pm

    Love this post. Her reaction to being told she was having lessons was so cute. It looks like she did really well during her first lesson. I have no idea how to get two dressed on your own, I doubt it is an easy task x

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