Well, made it through Kensie’s first swim lesson without crying. Referring to me not her. Haha! I kid, I kid. I was a little nervous but it went AMAZING and KB loved it a little too much. For all those that were concerned or told me she was going to drop my child into the pool and “let her figure it out” because “that’s how you teach a baby”…wrong. Completely wrong.
Kensie is going to Swimsprout with Mrs. Heidi. She was recommended to us by a friend that knew her through teaching ISR! It’s seriously amazing to watch her with any of the kiddos she teaches, at all ages, and how quickly they learn. She’s very knowledgeable and explains everything to you. The first “goal” is for Kens to know that when her chin hits water, she’s supposed to turn and float on her back and breathe. At this age it’s safety/survival. Actual swimming is the next step.
KB didn’t cry for a while when they started. The instructor explained that when infants cry, it’s easier to teach them breathing patterns. Kensie was really relaxed floating on her back and even the first few times under water didn’t phase her much. She finally got annoyed enough and started half fussing, half crying.
Heidi also taught me about an interesting reflex babies have – when there’s water in their eyes, they’ll hold their breath. You actually have to teach them to blink! Mind. Blown. She worked on it with K and gave me some “homework” to do during her bath each night to help teach her as well!
At the end of the lesson, she laid Kensie on her towel and K sat up, turned to Mrs. Heidi and smiled and clapped. 😂
I’m so grateful we found her and looking forward to watching how much Kensie learns these next 6 weeks!
We went straight from swim to see Dr. Christina for Kensie’s adjustment this month! My mom taxi skills were in full force today. I felt like I was practicing for the teenage years when we have to go from school to practices and all over town. I was exhausted when we got home.
Unfortunately, I was the only one. Somehow Kensie barely napped today after her not so great night of sleep. She slept 10 minutes before swim, about 30 minutes on the way to the Chiro and 5 minutes on our way to the gym in the afternoon. Um, WHAT!
I found a sleep chart that suggested time/lengths for naps and bedtime and one suggestion was no nap after 4p to help them sleep better at night. I figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a go!
I also found a few moms comment on the blog that were discussing having success with the 2-3-4 method. I had never heard of it, so I looked it up. Basically after they wake up you wait 2 hours then put them back down for a nap. Once they wake up from that, 3 hours. Then 4. It’s supposed to be good for balancing not being under or over tired. We couldn’t try it today because we were all over the place and Kensie just decided to nap in the car, but I’ll give it a shot this week and keep you all posted!
Kensie started to get cranky around 5 when Chris and I were about to workout but I didn’t want to put her down for a nap. Luckily, Emily came to the rescue!
(Please excuse her black jiffy feet. It’s from crawling all over the mats. 🤷🏼♀️😂)
The no napping did pay off at bedtime because K went straight down without a single tear! If only the lack of naps were enough for her to sleep through the night…