A couple weekends ago my mother-in-law offered to take me and the kids to a hotel pool in our town. She had coupons and the kids wanted to swimming so it was perfect!
I knew Sweet Pea would jump in and swim right away. She's taken a few years of on and off swimming lessons and can swim well enough to have fun in the water. I wasn't sure though how Babydoll and Little Man would do. When BD was in the preschool level swimming lessons last summer she started off great, she was the gutsiest kid in her class, eagerly jumping off the edge into my arms, not that afraid to go under the water a little, she loved it. She had loved it so much I bought her a pair of those little arm floaties. You know the one's that look like giant neon biceps on a tiny child? The next time we went swimming where we could use them, she had started doing a little bit of swimming with the floaties on and without me holding her. Well I guess I pushed it just a little too far and she ended up scared to swim on her own. So when we went to the pool this month, she had on a "puddle jumper" life jacket. It's not a real life jacket, just something to make them float so they can get comfortable "swimming" on their own. BD would not let me let go of her for a second in that pool! Not only did I have to be holding her, but I had to have two hands on her pretty much the whole times.