At three and a half, I figured it was time for her to get aquainted with a method of swimming that doesn't involve gripping my neck while I hold Michaela Byrd in one arm and try not to drown. Or get my hair wet.
I decided against just tossing her into the deep end and settled on the swim lessons offered by the pool we recently joined.
I made sure to talk the lessons up all week; so by the time we headed down the block to the pool, Natalie was pretty excited.
The lifeguard called out names and she was the smallest child and only girl in her group. If you know Natalie, you know that didn't phase her much at all.
She introduced everyone to Michaela Byrd, who had a blast playing on the pool steps with someone's discarded G.I. Joe.
There she is...that little one on the far right. They started with blowing bubbles.
They had a heckler over on the pool steps. Michaela Byrd practiced blowing her own bubbles (and drinking some pool water, I'm sure). She then proceeded to shout "Bubble!" at the top of her lungs and splash wildly at the big kids. I moved her to the baby pool so she'd quit distracting the future U.S. Olympic Swim Team.
After the lesson, the kids were offered a chance to jump off the low diving board into the deep end as a treat.
The lifeguard probably earned sainthood in Natalie's eyes with that gift. She's been asking me about jumping off the diving board ever since we first laid eyes on the pool. I said it would be okay, and Michaela Byrd and I headed over to cheer our brave girl on.
The boys all refused to try.
Waiting in line. Still time to change her mind.
Walking the green mile.
Slightly unsure now that she's sees how far down it is. Can you see the high dive over her head?
Splash! Miss W held her hand while she jumped into Miss M's arms.
She was so proud of herself. She asked me right away why she couldn't go off the high dive!
I'm gonna start dusting off the bookshelves for some swimming trophies. I bet she'll give Michael Phelps a run for his money. Haven't seen him jump off a real diving board lately!