Part fish, part baby

Quinten was purposely left off the swimming class list. If I’m paying for kids to be in swimming lessons, the baby can wait. I suspected that he would love it since he loves the bath tub, but he’s going to have to wait until his time. We went to a pool birthday party this weekend. I walked with him into the zero depth area and he opened his mouth and cried. There were no tears, but he made his opinion known. I made him stand there for a little bit with the water lapping over his chubby feet. Then, we went out. Five minutes later we tried it again. This time I plopped him down and he gave me thelook, again. I splashed the water and saw the lightbulb go off in his head. This is a giant bath tub! It didn’t take him long before he was crawling around in the water!

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After we got bored of the zero depth, we took the boys into another pool. Right away I put Quinten’s head on my shoulder and he didn’t have a care in the world about laying on his back. I expected some resistance, but there was none. We walked around the pool and then I turned him over on his stomach. Again, no worries. His legs were out straight and he chewed on his hands a little. It blew my mind so much, even though it was exactly what I thought would happen. I’m used to having Maximus in the water. As far as he’s come from that first class, he still knows fear so he gets skittish sometimes.

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Since Quinten appeared to have no fears with the water, I told Bryan he should put him under to see what he did. At 13 months, I assumed we were past the stage of instinct. Nope. No cares, again. Under and out with his eyes open, mouth open, and no choking or coughing. A few times he wiped at his eyes, otherwise he put his fingers back in his mouth when he came back up. Now, he wasn’t smiling or laughing so I don’t think he loved it, but he didn’t hate it either. And he wasn’t scared. He was just indifferent.

Quinten’s first dunk in the water from Kyley Leger on Vimeo.

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