Hank started swim lessons last week at the local community center. It is awesome there. When you first walk in the childcare room is just around the corner. We stop there to drop off Gideon and off to swimming we go. From the childcare room we walk down the hall where we see a rock wall in the distance and through double doors, past family shower cabanas, through more doors and into a beautiful heated room where the pool is located. The first lesson we discovered that only two children signed up for the morning lesson and the other girl hadn’t made it so Hank had a private lesson! What’s more, his little swim buddy is also three and has a peanut allergy. I have really enjoyed watching Hank from the bleachers and visiting with the mother of the other pupil.
Hank has probably 4% body fat if that so despite the heated pool he shivers and quivers and shakes. We ordered a wet suit for him last Wednesday after just two classes with purple lips. It came quickly but was tragically short in the torso leaving no room for his undersides. He actually told me it hurt his bottom. 😦
Well, we sent that back to the manufacturer and ordered a different one. It arrived today and we are so delighted! I ordered a size 6 to be sure he would fit and it is a bit roomy but I think that is for the best as he will get more use this way. In case you are wondering where to get one for your toddler, we got this wetsuit and it is very nice and thermal throughout. Our boys are both very tall for their age necessitating the two size up order that an average size child would not need in my opinion.
He is really loving his swim class and following the teachers directions beautifully. I am encouraged to see he willingly does what he is asked for someone, even if that someone is not me at this time. He is hoping to assert his independence and has therefore been very contrary lately.
So far he has done torpedo’s off the wall with his arm forward in a point, head tucked between and legs pushing off the wall (assisted), back floats (assisted), practised crawl stroke arms, kicked his legs while holding the side of the pool, and blown bubbles by first practising blowing a rubber ducky across the pool. He calls it a “soccer ball duck” for some reason. 🙂
Dear Jesus, I pray that at Wednesday’s lesson he is warm enough. Thank you for helping me to save so much money with coupons at the grocery last week that it offset the cost of the lessons. Amen.