** First of all, I have to say thank you to everyone for the kind words and encouragement about my last post. It was pretty hard for me to write that... and I expected a little more shock and anger at my stupidity for leaving my solvent out, rather than stories showing me that you have been there, done that, and that I'm not the only mother on the planet who has made a terrifying mistake. Thanks so much!!***I have two little water babies. From the minute she was born, Gracie was in love with the water. As a baby with colic (oh the nightmares!!) Gracie only found comfort in the bath tub. Now, at three, bath time is still her favorite time indoors... and swimming time is her favorite out doors.
When we were in Austin a few weeks ago, we went swimming at my grandparent's house, and Gracie blew us away. In her little life jacket, Gracie bravely walked up to the top of the diving rock and jumped off. Just like that. No hesitation, no fear.
She loved it so much that she spent the better part of an hour practicing all of her fancy diving - mostly flapping her arms like a bird, but there were two belly flops thrown in the mix. Will is in 7th heaven, watching his little swimming and diving champs. I'm not too keen on swimming, as I'm like a cat in the water... but Will has always loved swiming and has always hoped our daughters would too. Even Annelie can swim from one end of the pool to the other without anyone holding her. She does have her life jacket on, but that still takes amazing balance for her not to flip onto her back!
We watched the Olympics with the girls this year and the swimming and diving events were fun for all of us. Gracie and Annelie were mesmerized by the fancy high dives and the synchronized diving. And they jumped and cheered along side me and Will as we cheered on Michael Phelps.
Next summer will be swim lessons for both girls. I hope they always have this joy for swimming that they do now.