Monday, January 30, 2012


That's the group that B is in at his swimming class, which started yesterday. It turns out that starfish are better swimmers than most of the babies, and have more effective means of moving themselves through the water, but it still was unbelievably fun and very cute.

I have been ridiculously excited about these swim classes, and, because I live in NYC, I've had to spend a whole lot of my time getting him signed up for the classes near where we live because the weekend classes sell out. (And I can't even talk about how much it costs for the privilege of swimming at 8.30am on a Sunday.)

But mostly I have been just super excited about B learning to be comfortable in the water. Perhaps because I spent so much of my childhood in pools and lakes or perhaps because this is the first physical activity I can actually teach him, I just have been besides myself with anticipation.

Turns out B loves LOVES the water. I kind of knew that already, since he loves bathtime and we went in the pool in California over the Christmas break. But he did great -- went under with no problem, was able to kick and lie on his back with his ears in the water and basically just had a fabulous time. As did his mommy.

One huge takeaway -- I should have brought my husband along. The logistics of getting a wet, tired baby and his wet, tired mom rinsed and dried and dressed really requires an extra set of hands. By the time we got home we were both completely exhausted. Next week, daddy comes too.


  1. I can't wait for swim classes! It sounds super fun (and yeah, the logistics of packing up are sort of mind boggling).

  2. Awwww! I hadn't been considering swim classes but you make it sound so wonderful! I'm sure it won't be long before he's a dolphin or a manatee or whatever else the super swimmers are called.

  3. Mads and I yave been going to swim class at the YMCA since early Dec and it is a lot of fun -- I totally hear you. But damn, the logistics of changing clothes SUCKS. I had really been looking forward to Dh coming home so he could help, but given his asocialness, he won't go to even watch. Oof. Now that M is so freaking mobile, changing her is even harder.

  4. It sounds so good. I'm signing up for a class and WONDERED about the logistics thing. On dry land I often feel I need another set of hands, so...yikes:)

    (And I'd love to meet up with you and S next time)