Oh my heart. Piper's first swim class was last night and it was everything I dreamed it would be. Literally, I have been dreaming of this day for a very long time. It may sound odd, but it's true.
I feel like there are moments that can define certain stages in your life. The moments may be different for some. For instance, the moment when I moved out into my own apartment from my parent's house seemed to fit my own personal definition of becoming an adult. Even though I had been adult for a little while, that moment was significant in making me feel more like an adult.
The same goes for me now having a child in swim class; this was a big moment for me. Maybe more-so because I'm a stay-at-home mom. It was the moment when I first started seeing Piper take direction in a class-like setting; making me feel like she is more child-like than baby-like. Piper is becoming more of her own person every day, and being there for her first swim lesson was just so monumental to me, and my husband.
Swim class meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. We went to our first class with Piper's swimsuit under her clothes, but were happy to find that there are some very nice locker rooms available for changing right there at the pool.
Piper did really well being patient as she waited to get into the water. The instructor had the group start with the children kicking their legs in the water. Then, the parents got into the water and started dipping the children in up to their chest. Basically, getting the kids use to being in the water before starting to learn some new skills.
Piper caught on quick and had so much fun with kicking while resting on her back. She did some pretty strong kicks, and we were so happy to see her enjoying herself.
Piper's kicking while on her belly was not as strong as it was on her back, but I was so impressed with how she handled herself. Nick and I both kept saying afterward how proud we felt of her. She did so well, and she was happy throughout the entire class!
I really like Piper's swim instructor; she is very patient and obviously does well with toddlers. The instructor even took Piper once and had her try to swim toward Nick, with the incentive of grabbing a rubber duck on the way. It was so cute!
One of the best things about this swim class is that we get to do it with another couple of our friends, who has a little boy only 3 months younger than Piper. I think it helped that the kids were familiar with each other, and it was obviously so cute to watch.
As the swim class was coming to an end, the group got into a circle and sung a couple songs while the kids floated with their parents. It was so adorable!
Piper loved being in the water so much, the only thing that got her to come out without any fuss was the distraction and incentive of being able to climb out on the ladder. Once she was out, she was a little sad, but quickly got over it when I told her we'd be coming back, soon!
In case you didn't know, it's official now. I'm the parent of a big girl who loves taking swim lessons!