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!
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.
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!