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The First Swimming Lessons

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This house is not big enough for 3 bored kids and a baby! If we're not out of the house by 10ish then either me or the Hubby get dangerously close to committing infanticide! Something my doctor said to me at my 6 week check this week was "boys are like large pets. They need feeding, plenty of exercise, and the bottoms of their cages cleaned" and she's right. What my boys need is stuff to do that will knacker them out!

I have been meaning to get the kids booked in for swimming lessons for YEARS but with one thing and another I just hadn't managed to get round to it. Well.... now I have. Jack & Tom are booked in for Saturdays at 8:30 in the flipping morning! What WAS I thinking???

In fairness we will be up in plenty of time anyway, and I have been itching to get the kids out and about early on the weekends as we have (while I have been pregnant / anaemic / nursing a new born) developed a habit of slobbing about the house and the kids getting bored and restless.

Today was the first lesson. Jack & Tom are in the same group as they are at the same level - which would be a fraction up from zero as they HAVE been in the swimming pool before with floats and arm bands, but they cannot swim AT ALL! There are about 10 kids in the class, all a similar age to my 4 & 6 year olds by the looks of them. Some have clearly had lessons before, if not all of them. The instructor was very good, he remembered my boys names - I know that from the number of times he had to call to one or both of them! I could see him building their confidence in the water though. We had expected Tom to have a wobble and not cope very well but he did ok, and by the end of the lesson Jack was starting to pluck up the courage to put his face in the water too which is something he had struggled with when he went in the water with us.

They're looking forward to going back next week, which is good because I've booked them in for 8 weeks of lessons!



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