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Going for a Swim

I don’t know about you, but I get excited to do something new with Audrey. Especially something that brings back my own child hood memories.

I loved going swimming with my Mom as a kid. LOVED it. I loved to splash and play and swim. I love the fun I had with my Mom and my brothers. I can remember the smell of the pool and the feel of the waves and the water that I felt when I feel asleep that night.

So I was excited to take Audrey to the pool the other day. The weekends are busy, but I had the Friday before our trip off. We did errands and had coffee with a friend in the morning. But I wanted to do something in the afternoon that would be fun and different. Something we don’t normal have time for. Swimming fit the bill.

And I have to admit of having this idea in my head of how much Audrey would LOVE it and how much fun we would have.

But I forget sometimes how young she is. My husband reminded me the other day when I heard the ice cream truck coming down our street, that our 16 month old does not need an ice cream 10 minutes before bed, even if I did equate that sounds with child hood fun and memories. Fun that I want to have with my daughter. There is lots of time in the future though for ice cream trucks.

We have just reached the really fun stage. Where we can play together. She talks now. She plays now. We can build a tower together and then knock it down. We can run in a field, chase each other, giggle and fall down together. We can go down a slide together. We can sing and dance together. It’s fun.

So I get all excited about doing all these things. Which is awesome. Because I am not typically a ‘go out and do stuff’ kind of person. I like to be at home and I don’t like crowds. But Audrey brings out the inner ‘let go and have fun’ in me.

So we went to the pool. And we got in. And Audrey was terrified. She clung to me. CLUNG. She cried if I tried to let her stand in the teach pool. But we had just got there. So I held her on my knee and we talked and splashed and poured water out of cups. And slowly, Audrey relaxed. Then, she gained confidence. Then she was ready to explore. Pretty soon she was toddling through the water and putting her face in to try and blow bubbles.

I didn’t push it. I waited. I held her. And I let her take the lead.

It was her trip to the pool, not mine.

Audrey teaches me something new everyday. Teaches me to be more patient, more calm, more understanding, more aware of who she is and what she needs. This kid is doing a great job of showing me what life is all about.

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