Having a pool in the backyard has always been a lifesaver for me during the summer. If its hot, the girls swim. If their bored, the girls swim. If I want a break from kids, the girls swim. However, this year was a little nerve racking given that kid number 3 is mobile this summer. I was super nervous about Kayla accidentally falling into the pool. So we made strict pool rules. Things like: The ladder is to never be left in the pool when you are not swimming….etc. Punishment for leaving the ladder in was huge.
Anyway, if you didn’t already know this…Kayla is a major water baby. If she’s sad throw her in the tub or shower and she’s as happy as can be. Another reason why the pool in the backyard would be a major baby temptation. So this just meant that Mommy had to get in the pool with Kayla a lot. Very soon though Kayla was screaming if I held her in the pool. She wanted to navigate the waters on her own. In the beginning this meant a lot of hanging onto the ladder like this.
Then, she was able to go lower on down the ladder and try to tippey toe while still holding on to the ladder.
Very soon the ladder was not enough. She wanted to walk to Mommy. The one side of the pool is slightly lower then the other so she could barely reach. But, she was ok if she walked slow on her tippey toes. The far side of the pool was deeper.
Of course, this was soon not enough either. The kid wanted to walk around the entire pool completely unassisted. If her face went under the water due to depth. Who cared. A little water in the face never bothered this kid.
Needless to say I think we are in trouble. This kid has absolutely no fear of the water. This is probably a good thing. A swimmer has been made. But, can we possibly go one day without screaming for the pool.