Since having the baby I’ve been trying to find ways to spend quality time with Kaila and Brooklin. We’ve hit the pool almost every single day since it opened. I have always enjoyed swimming and as a kid I’d spend all day swimming at my Great Grandmothers home.
It’s still gloomy and rainy here in Oregon but we have had one very sunny day so far, we need more. Even if it’s gloomy and cool we still find ourselves at the pool. Both girls started this year not being able to swim, like not even able to swim to the wall. Kaila seemed to have forgotten the swim lessons she took years ago and Brooklin has never been in a pool. Those first few days at the pool were spent along the sides, like they were holding on for dear life.
I have to give a lot of credit to the swim vests which are half a vest with arm floaties. We scored these at Costco and after seeing how wonderful it worked for Brooklin, we went back and got a set for Kaila. I watched Kaila quickly become less afraid and now she’s swimming all over the pool.
My favorite moments are about half an hour after arriving at the pool. After awhile Brooklin asks to go home because many of the times we go swimming after 5 p.m. and its later in the day. She goes inside with her dad and crawls next to him on the couch and goes to sleep. I stay in the pool with Kaila for another 1/2 and hour to a hour. We play and swim and today I was a shark. I’m teaching her how to swim and jump into the deep end and she’s telling me about all the things she wants to do and how lately she has been wanting to be a zoo keeper when she grows up.
These moments are my most favorite ones probably because growing up I didn’t feel close to anyone other than my sister. My aunt who raised me tried but I never opened up to her much. I dont want to be that way with my daughters. I think it’s these moments alone when I can be playful and cheerful and silly with her are the best. In these moments we are friends. I find myself trying to say “no” less and “yes” more. I try to let go of all the control in these times and let Kaila have fun in these moments.
I’ve realized lately how quickly childhood passes by and how much I want my kids to have fun in the moment. I realize how important time alone with each of my kids is. We’ve all found the perfect outlet with our summer swimming.
Even Mia sits around looking fashionable.