Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Cold Pool

Preston had his second swim lesson today. We skipped last weeks Thursday class because Preston woke up early that morning, threw up, and promptly went back to sleep after a bath to clean him up. I wasn't sure what was wrong with him so we hung around the house all day. He didn't act like anything was wrong when he woke up in the morning so I'm guessing that the chips and dip Brad gave him the night before, that prevented him from eating any of his dinner, upset his tummy.

Back to swim lessons. If you can really even call it swim lessons. That implies that he got in the water for more than two seconds. First he wouldn't get in the pool because he didn't believe he could touch. He could have if he would have just straightened his legs out and calmed down. Then when the pool we were in got contaminated (Ewww) (Double ewww, it was one of the geriatric water aerobics participants that did it!), we had to switch over to the cold pool and he refused to get in because it was cold. Which means that Preston spent the rest of the lesson sitting next to me on the bench.

We go back again on Thursday for another lesson. Preston promises that he's going to get in the pool this time as long as it's the warm pool. You know the one he doesn't believe he can touch in.

I'm dreading it. I hate that I paid for these lessons and he's refusing to even participate. And I'm running out of ideas to get him to actually get in the water and play. I know he's not really scared of the water because by the end of summer he was hanging out in our pool no problem whether I was in or not. I'm just running out of ideas and I know that if he would start participating he would really enjoy himself. I tried bribing him. I thought about just handing him to his teacher and having her take him for a swim, but I was worried that he would get himself so worked up that it would make the whole thing worse. Any suggestions?


Unknown said...

Tell Preston I wouldn't get in the cold pool either! Could you see if the teacher will let you get in the pool with him, at least in the beginning? Or did the teacher have any other suggestions herself?

Holly said...

Yeah Kim, I guess it's time for you to get back in the pool too even though you were really looking forward to not wearing a 2 piece.

Yankee Girl said...

I have no advice, but I think you may have to get in the water with him.

I know, not what you wanted to hear, but it just may work.

Or maybe he is just going through a phase. Maybe you should take the fall off and try again in the spring.

Good luck!