Small Wonder :: Summer # 4

by Stefani on 12-May-2009

He Swims!

The one in which the last of my babies has learned to swim. 

He's doing it. 

He's really really doing it. 

And while he's not quite strong enough to take off to the slides and the deep end yet, I can see that day on the not too distant horizon. 

It's scary and thrilling, bitter and sweet… pretty much like all the other little ways that they are growing up on me. 
Sarah Jackson May 12, 2009 at 10:05 pm

That is the best ting ever. I was so happy when my babies learned to swim – especially since we have a pool in the back yard. They use it every day.

High 5 to the big boy!!

tara May 13, 2009 at 2:58 am

They do grow up so fast…after a summer full of sunshine and popsicle juice my boy always seems to have grown 3 inches!!!

steadymom May 13, 2009 at 5:02 am

Amazing! None of my three have reached this milestone yet. It does seem like it represents a certain maturity.


September 10th May 13, 2009 at 8:43 am

I know it must be bittersweet, but congratulations to your son on the swimming! =)

Sarah @ May 13, 2009 at 8:46 am

Um, I’m sorry, I don’t know why I showed up as September 10th. But that comment above is from me!

Stefani May 13, 2009 at 10:57 am

Oh yeah! It’s definitely so good that he can swim. I remember his first summer… he spent it on my hip while I chased his brothers (who could not yet swim) away from the deep end. I was a nervous wreck at the pool!
We’re SO close now to being able to relax and enjoy it!

Stefani May 13, 2009 at 10:57 am

Right? Weeds and kids love that summer sun!

Stefani May 13, 2009 at 10:58 am

He is doing it WAY before the others were. But then I think the third kid is like that… he walked, was potty trained and rode a two wheeler well before them to. He’s just so determined to be able to do anything they can do. He will NOT be left behind. 🙂

Stefani May 13, 2009 at 10:59 am

That’s funny! Is it a special date for you? Maybe it’s a sign… your ship will come in on September 10th!

Stefani May 13, 2009 at 11:02 am

Oh it is… but more sweet than bitter. It’s just that he has to do everything so blasted soon! He won’t slow down for a second!
But… I used to look longingly at those mamas of big kids at the pool. The ones who got to chat with their friends or even read a book while I chased my dare devils around and tried to keep them from drowning!
It’s going to be nice, as his skills grow to get to breath deeply and relax a little at the pool!

darlene May 13, 2009 at 12:15 pm

he looks like he is doing great! my four year old is plunging head first into lessons trying to keep up with big sisters!

Diane May 13, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Sweeeeet! You’re well on your way to being one of the mamas reading a book pool-side only needing to check on them every thirty seconds instead of every single one…

: )

Gretchen Skovron May 13, 2009 at 7:09 pm

that is so awesome! I can’t wait till my boys are on their own. Asking to join the swim team…I wanna be a swim team mama!

Lina May 13, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Oh Stefani, I read this post earlier today before taking my guys to their swimming lesson and my son, who up until March was petrified of water, swam for the first time too. Such a huge milestone but you’re right, completely bitter sweet.

Stefani May 13, 2009 at 7:45 pm

I can’t even IMAGINE such luxury!

Stefani May 13, 2009 at 7:48 pm

My husband was on the swim team when he was young… the very same one my boys would be on. Don’t think he hasn’t shown them all his ribbons and bragged shamelessly about his awesome aquatic feats. 🙂

Stefani May 13, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Oh!!! Congrats to you and your guy!
My Ryder was never afraid of a thing (which means his mama is afraid for him, ALL THE TIME!), but my oldest was VERY timid.
One thing I’ve learned about those timid kids… they take a long time to warm up, but once they do, there’s no stopping ’em.
I bet your guy is a total fish by summer’s end!

Lina May 13, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Thanks Stefani – he’s only timid when it comes to water (kind of a blessing
really), pretty full on and fearless with everything else!

Lina x

Miko's Girl May 14, 2009 at 6:11 am

It’s so amazing to see them begin the mastery of a new skill. G. and I did baby swimming lessons when I was pregnant with my second – the water buoyed up my big belly. C. was a natural born daredevil. She used to crawl in the YMCA baby pool, let her arms and feet go flat and lay with her face in the water. She jumped off the diving board at the neighborhood pool at 2. They both now swim like fish and have NO FEAR of the water – a good thing as where we live is surrounded by water.

nytesong May 14, 2009 at 6:39 am

So exciting! My littlest was just grasping at the earliest stages of it at the end of last summer. I am looking forward–and not looking forward–to her complete grasp this summer.

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