Dominic the Duckling - Autumn
Well our little Dominic is now not so little – he is definitely no longer a toddler and has become a proper little boy now over the summer holidays. Probably to do with turning the grand old age of three.
Several important milestones have been achieved which those with pre-schoolers will identify with. No bedtime bottle (hurrah!), no nappies (big hurrah!), no sleep during the day (sometimes could do with the rest myself but still hurrah!) but most importantly – no more Mummy in the pool with him during swimming lessons!
The one change that he definitely has noticed is that he now has to wear a swimming hat which did not meet with one’s approval.
Yes, he has made the momentous step from Adult & Child stage to being in the water on his own. Our lessons continued over the summer so his confidence didn’t waver at all. To be honest, he doesn’t really seem to have noticed that I’m no longer next to him in the water, he just gets on with it.
The one change that he definitely has noticed is that he now has to wear a swimming hat, which did not meet with one’s approval. Given his latest fascination with ‘The Wiggles’ I came up with a cunning plan. Again pre-school parents may be nodding here but for the uninitiated they are an Australian ‘pop’ group for young children who have made millions out of performing such classics as “Fruit Salad (Yummy Yummy)”, “Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car” and my personal favourite “Wiggly Party”. Anyway I digress. In the same way that I can get him dressed quicker in the mornings if he thinks he is wearing his special ‘Wiggles' trousers, his swimming cap has become a special ‘Wiggles’ cap. Don’t ask me how, but it works. And he looks very cute in it too!
He has been progressing well in the lessons – lots of splashing around and having fun by the looks of it but also serious stuff – they do alternate weeks of swimming on their backs and fronts and he is quite happy on his back which he struggled with for ages. No more legs at 90 degrees!
Of course this now means I have a golden half hour to myself. Do I sit and read a trashy magazine? Do I chat to other mums about last night's 'Coro'?
Of course this now means I have a golden half hour to myself. Do I sit and read a trashy magazine? Do I chat to other mums about last night's Coro? Do I stuff myself with chocolate from the machine? Of course not – I go swimming! 30 minutes – just enough to get lots of health and well-being benefits don’t you know. Not only that but I have inspired one of the other mums to do the same. If you are one of the ‘viewers’ – just try it one week and be a ‘do-er’ instead – it’s really refreshing and you can feel smug for the rest of the day that you have done some exercise!
Look out next time for more on Dominic’s learn to swim adventures and maybe some Wiggles tunes connected to swimming, such as “Henry The Octopus Lives in Our Backyard Swimming Pool”... can you wait!