H recently began his second session of swimming lessons. His first session was just about 1 year ago, so it has been a long time in between (which they do not recommend doing).
The first class back after such a long break was a total disaster. He spent 15 minutes of his 30 minute class pointing to the stairs and yelling “that way!” and obviously was very distressed about being in the pool. The second class, Abe wasn’t there for the first half of the class and then watched from a distance for the second half of the class. I’m not sure if it was because H was more used to the situation or if it was because he couldn’t see daddy, but he did so much better. He really tried and did very well. The third class, he was like a fish. At one point he told me to let go because he thought he could swim on his own. He really was doing a great job kicking his legs, but I knew he’d just sink without my help so I let him go under water a few times but that was it. He really loved it and didn’t want to get out. The progress he’s making is really great, and I would like to keep it going if we can.
Typically during swim class or the beach or whatever, we will use whatever swim diaper I can find at the store – Huggies or Pampers and they work just fine. Note: swim diapers only purpose is to hold a #2 and not weigh your kid down too much. I just happened to come across the Honest re-useable swim diaper at Buy Buy Baby the other day and gave it a shot since I had a coupon in hand ($14 retail). Result: Love It. I wouldn’t say that I don’t care about the environment, but my life requires the fastest/easiest methods for this kind of stuff. It was soft, light, way more comfortable for H than the disposable diapers, held no water, and was easy to get on and off. I highly recommend it. My links don’t work for some reason, but they come in a variety of cute patterns and you can get them directly at Honest or at Buy Buy Baby like I did if you’re interested in this sort of thing.
I don’t really know what summer holds when we’ll have a newborn and a toddler, but I hope that H can still get to go swimming quite a bit.
We’ve also made some serious progress with H’s meal times. He used to eat in a lobster seat attached to the counter with an iPad in front of his face. This worked really well at first when he would just like zone out and I could shove food in his mouth. After a while though it wasn’t ideal, and he got almost too heavy for the lobster seat/our crappy counter. We thought that we could get him to transition to sitting at a little table instead, so we got him a little picnic table. I wouldn’t say it was a failure, but it really wasn’t working well and it was just really uncomfortable to sit there with him because of course he didn’t want to sit there by himself. So then I took him back into the dining room and sat him in his old Boon high chair, and we’d eat together at the table. This worked OK… and then suddenly he stopped wanting to sit in that seat, and wanted to sit on me instead when I was like 3 bites into a meal. That is really annoying. One day I asked him if he wanted to sit in a big kid seat, and he said yes, and he’s been sitting/kneeling in a normal chair ever since. The downside is that he often gets down and runs away and then comes back. But the upside is that we are all eating in the dining room without the TV or an iPad. Meals are a lot quicker now, but that’s not really a bad thing.
Easter is coming… I don’t think we’ll be visiting the bunny at the mall –> nightmares FOREVER.