Ethan’s mother and baby swimming lessons ended before Christmas, we said that we would take him swimming as a family. This hasn’t really happened and I was worried that he would forget how to swim. He isn’t a fantastic swimmer but it has taken so long to get him where it is it would be sad to lose that skill.
Thankfully we found a swimming club that suits his ability and can cater for his needs. So last week we went for a trial.
The big difference between swimming club and the lessons Ethan is used to, is that we are no longer required to swim with Ethan. There is a team of people who support the children in the water. This did cause a bit of an issue as Ethan didn’t want to go with his assigned team member and when they were swimming widths, every-time he saw us he looked like he was going to burst into tears.
It was a terrible thing to watch but we know we have to play the tough love card as Ethan will probably learn more from this swimming experience than he would from us.
So this swimming trial was a big thing for Ethan and for us. I’m having to learn to trust other people with my baby. Watching Ethan on the side of the pool, knowing that he may just throw himself into the water at any moment, and praying that someone else is keeping their eye on him was a big achievement for me.
Thankfully the trial went without a hitch and we will be joining the class again next week. We feel there will be some obstacles to overcome when Ethan has to leave us again but we will work through them.