Tonight Natalie was "that kid" and it happened at the neighborhood pool. What happened? What could cause my ordinarily happy, outgoing daughter to become "that kid"?
She had her first "all-by-herself" swim lesson.
Okay, that's an overstatement.
Back story: Last June I did a mom-and-me swim lesson with Natalie at the indoor community pool. We both got "suited up" in the locker room, spent 30 minutes in the pool splashing and singing songs, and then made our way back through the locker room - five days a week for two weeks.
For this round of lessons, Natalie will be "solo" in the pool ... with an instructor and three other little swimmers. Except, remember I said, "overstatement" ... well, Natalie didn't actually get in the pool. She sat on the side with her feet in but refused to join the lesson. Because ... her toe hurt. That was her reason for missing out on this fun experience. (See the instructor and the two happy swimmers ... and Natalie planted on the side.)
The big toe on her left foot has a tiny scrape just above the nail. Not sure the age of this wound, but she apparently re-injured it just before leaving for lessons. We tried adding a band-aid to the toe, which only made matters worse. She treated that band-aid like a cast - hobbling around like she needed a cane or something. I swear an on-looker probably thought her toe (or perhaps her entire foot) was broken!
We insisted that Natalie stay for the entire lesson. I gave her a choice of sitting on the side (like a grouch) and watching the other kids and listening to the teacher ... or ... getting in the water and having a good time and learning how to be a good swimmer. She went with option A for the entire thirty minutes.
Chad and I watched from nearby lounge chairs and shook our heads and tried to figure out how something so seemingly insignificant could keep her from enjoying the pool - she loves the pool! We also wonder if this was just a one-time detour down "that kid" road or if we'll be traveling there again tonight ... and for the remaining seven lessons.
Natalie then burst into tears, had a meltdown, called for her "moooommmmmy," and requested her binky just before the lesson was over. We left the pool without even saying good bye to the teacher. Not good!
At least CPV (with a new haircut) and CJV (with her baby mohawk) were looking pretty darn cute!
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