Thank goodness for the local outdoor pool… I’m not sure what we would have done in this recent heat wave without it!
Oliver asks for it every day, although I wasn’t sure that would be the case when we arrived there on our first day. He was so overwhelmed by all of the kids and noise that he didn’t want to get into the pool at all.
I’ve always felt that any pull-back in social situations is a result of the child’s personality and that interaction shouldn’t be forced, so we sat on the bench for a few minutes and watched the kids play. Then I stood along the edge with Emery and we dipped our toes and hands in. I sat down with my feet in the water and he followed. We kicked our feet to make splashes. I commented on the other kids playing and splashing. And then I stood in the water and he followed.
It was so neat to watch him make the steps from completely withdrawn and frightened to smiling and walking along the pool’s edge. He’s so brave! And he goes at least one step further every time we are there… sitting on his knees to sitting on his bum to approaching other kids. He is amazing. I love watching him develop.
I thought it would be hard to manage the two boys alone but every day I set the tone by telling Oliver what is expected of him when we first get there (no running, listening to mommy, etc) and he is very well-behaved. It is a bit of a scramble getting both of them dried off and changed but the car seat helps… I get Emery ready when I notice Oliver’s attention starting to waver, strap him in, and then can manage Oliver easily.
Here are a few shots from a couple of recent pool visits.
Cousin Megan visited us for a few days. It was so nice to have helping hands and eyes. I can actually get in the big pool with Oliver when someone is there to watch Emery.
Lately we have been bringing a ball with us. So far there have been no “Mine!” struggles between him and other kids; if anything, it has been a good opportunity to teach him how to play catch.
This picture says, “Yes mom. I have heard you calling my name over and over, trying to get me to look at the camera. I’m onto you. Just snap the picture already!”.
Here he is sitting on the bottom. Well … almost. He does get there but I guess you’ll have to take my word for it.
I love this shot. I think Oliver was tired of photos and saying, “Mommy… sit down in pool now!”. So I did.
And a rather rare shot of mommy, playing with Oliver. The other reason I love having someone else around the pool is getting some one-on-one time with Oliver.
He’s so much fun.