Swimsuit season is here! Not for me (thank goodness), but for my daughter. She starts swimming lessons tomorrow. Big Kid swimming lessons. Which means that I will have to put her in the hands of a swim instructor (who will probably be only 17 years old and have no idea how scary it is to put your child's life in the hands of a stranger). Can you tell I'm a little apprehensive?
When we took swimming lessons last year, each parent was required to be in the pool with their child. I much prefer it that way. Instead, now that she's nearly 4 years old, they make the parents watch from the side, so as not to interfere. You can bet I'll be as close to the action as possible, though. I am driving myself crazy, picturing the chaos of 6 different-leveled classes going on in the pool simultaneously, knowing that it will be physically impossible for my daughter's instructor to have 2 hands on her at all times. However, I am putting on a brave front for the sake of my child. She is very sensitive to begin with, and she picks up on my nervous energy easily --as most kids do. I certainly don't want to project my fears onto her and ruin the whole thing. So far, I've been successful: she's very excited about tomorrow.
So, in effort to focus on the positive experience that's in store, we went bathing suit shopping. Can I tell you how much I love that she doesn't care what she wears (yet)? I still get to pick everything out for her, which thrills me. Dress-up has always been one of the many perks of having a daughter. I pulled several suits out for her to look over. She oohed and ahhed over all of them. Since I have a fondness for cherries that probably borders on obsession, I chose the adorable cherry swimsuit. It comes complete with a belt/bow combo and a ruffle. I was giddy when I discovered that there was exactly one left and it was in my daughter's size!
So, we're all set for a summer of swimming (if I let her get in the pool, that is). :)