Friday, June 20, 2008

Swimming Lessons

E's first swim lesson was this morning. It was a riot. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much, but we learned quite a few things to do with the babies. Here's a list of some of the stuff we did: "If you're happy and you know it, splash your hands, kick your feet . . . "; kick, kick, kick, kick (said while holding them under their arms while they're on their bellies and moving in a circle); singing "Twinkle, twinkle" while floating them on their back (this didn't go over big with most); learning how to hold on to the side (long way to go on that one--very funny); pushing off from the side and then kick, kick, kicking back to the side; sitting on the side and jumping off--jump, jump, jump in the water, and then kick, kick, kick back to the side and repeat; rolling over from belly to back to belly (face out of water); grabbing and swatting at bubbles the teacher blew onto the surface of the water; watching mom or dad blow bubbles; holding baby under one of your arms, belly down, and then moving their arms in a freestyle motion. Oh, and pushing a ball back and forth to other parents and babies.

I don't know about other people, but 9:45 falls around the time of E's morning nap (generally speaking), so he was super tired to begin with and fell asleep in the car on the way home almost immediately. He nursed and went down once we got home and slept until 12:30, which has meant that he hasn't taken an afternoon nap today. But that's okay. We ran errands this afternoon and we're playing now and he's a happy guy.

Oh, I met another Austin Mama this morning (always strange but great to meet someone whose blog you read) and she seemed super nice (not that we got a chance to talk more than to introduce ourselves). She reminded me a little of my friend Keltie, who lives in Philly. I think there was another AM signed up for the class, but whoever it is remains a mystery to me thus far.

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