Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Swimming Daze!


I guess our new hangout is the pool. Paprika has her swim lessons every day, and after that there is open swim, so we've been sticking around for it. Over the weekend, Mr. M and I took both girls to the pool for open swim, and it was a hit! Paprika learned more on Saturday and Sunday (we went to open swim both days) than she did in 3 weeks of daily swim lessons!

Yesterday after swimming, Paprika had a little playdate scheduled so I took her there right after lessons. Well...that did not go over very well at all. I guess since we had been at open swim on Saturday and Sunday, she thought we would be staying for open swim every day.

So, today I decided that after swim lesson, I would stay by myself with Paprika and Ginger for open swim at the pool. I was really nervous about it- being that the pool is 4 feet deep at least, and neither one of them can really swim, and I am 6 months pregnant. Oh, and there's like a gazillion summer camp kids there during open swim.


But, it actually went okay. You can rent Coast Guard approved life jackets at the pool (we have tons of lifejackets and swim stuff, but none of it is Coast Guard approved...which is all they allow). Ginger kind of rode on my back while I helped Paprika with her swimming. I don't know that we'll do it every day, but today it kinda worked! And they were both soooo happy!

I can't say enough good things about how helpful swimming has been for Paprika. The things most helping her right now are her occupational therapy, bouncing on the mini trampoline we have (joint compressions), and now swimming. All that physical feedback is really helpful to her- and I think it would be for anyone with a lot of sensory issues. Of course, a crowded swimming pool is not the best sensory wise (lots of noise and splashing)- but we do the best we can and that's all we can do, right? So far so good!



Sheila said...

Hehehe! I love the one of both of them in their shades. P in her water goggles and G as the queen of hearts! Just Adorable :)
I was so in need of a bit of sweetness and light. Thanks for posting these heartwarming photos.

Lisa said...

You're an awesome mom. Great exercise for the four of you. =)

ereiberg said...

good job mama! two kids at the pool is tough work. wonder red wears these and they are awesome and coast guard approved, highly recommend!!