We started our second session of ISR swim safety class. I say “we” because it may be P in the water but there’s alot of work in it for me. It’s a fantastic class. Last year we did it when P was 8 months. Since then, I’ve never been worried about her being near a pool (which we have) or lake or large fountain, as is more the case here in LA. I know she knows how to roll herself over, float and stay above water.
This year she will learn to float, swim and float until she finds the edge of the pool to pull herself up. I love the classes for what it teaches her and the confidence she builds with it but it’s so hard for me to go through. These are definitely not for every parent.
Because the child is monitored closely and the lessons are very detail oriented I need to keep track of everything P eats, drinks and when. When she goes to the bathroom, sleeps and if there is anything unusual about any of it. The diet has a few restrictions, so the gallon of apple juice I just bought will stay unopened in the back of the fridge for the next 4-6 weeks. They also can’t eat or drink for 2hrs prior to each daily class. With P’s appetite this is a challenge. That’s all really the easy part about it.
The hardest part is hearing P cry. It’s part of the deal at 8 months. Truly, you want the babies to cry because how else would you know they are in danger in the water? It’s still hard though to hear them feel they are in trouble.
Today was easier because she’s older and doesn’t look so helpless. BUT, when I hear the “Mamma…” God, my heart breaks and I just want to start crying but I know I have to be strong for her. I watched an 18-month old last year and by week two she hardly shed a tear so I’m hoping that will be the case for P.
On the flip side there is nothing better than watching the toddlers come up for air, get into a float position and then get themselves to a safe place. When they are done the look on their faces are amazing. They beam with confidence and they know they have just accomplished something grand.
In the end, P’s safety is why I will go through whatever it takes…even if I’m crying with her, on the inside.