Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summer 2012 (Day 3) Summer Kicks Off Swimmingly!

With highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s, we couldn't have asked for better weather to kick off the opening of our small-town's aquatic center.

The countdown to the opening of the pool started a week earlier with the purchase of our family pool pass.  Twelve-thirty on Saturday couldn't come soon enough!

Kid Zone in front...Monster Blue Slide in the back.  Mary is officially tall enough to ride...Ben just a smidgen too short!

Toddler Zone/Zero-Depth Entry
I've got my hands full with three, that's for sure.

Ben is the one I'm most nervous about.  Mary is truly a swimmer, but Ben is still weak in swimming skills.

Usually, I'm preoccupied with Luke.  He's sort of "top-heavy" at this point, and so if we go to the kiddie zone (rather than the toddler area) I really have to watch him like a hawk. He tends to fall forward, but is not tall enough or strong enough to stand back up after inhaling a mouthful of water.

In that split second of eyes on Luke, I'm worried that Ben might go under.  He tends to want to chase after sissy and her friends, but the water gets too deep too quickly.

I feel like last year, I was better able to manage all three. Luke was not mobile (he didn't even walk until about 14 or 15 months) and always on my hip and so I had a free hand to corral Benjamin. 

So what does this means a lot less gabbing with the other moms at the pool and way more concentrated focus on my own kiddos!

As you can see, I let my little ones purchase snacks from the snack bar.  They were over the moon excited to order microwaved popcorn!

"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~


  1. Just for piece of mind, get Ben a float- top-suit. Just the simple ones they sell at Wal-Mart. We did that a few years with various kids if I was pregnant or just out numbered. It has not hurt their ability to really swim. Bagel had hers well until she was 5, but Jumba was too little for me to be able to catch both. Bagel is now one of the fastest and best swimmers in her age group in 4 different strokes on the swim team. I think it helped her find her security in the water.

  2. Neen,

    Thanks for the suggestion, I will have to look into that!

    I happened to overhear a conversation on Memorial Day at the pool between a lifeguard and a mother of a child wearing one of those suits...I'm not for sure, but I think the gist was that the City Pool has a policy against those swimsuits. Do you know if they are Coast Guard approved? I'm sure I can find out.


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