Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A week of firsts... a week ago

Last week was a fairly busy one for us. My parents' church had Vacation Bible School. I signed Little Elvis and Baby Plum up. Since Baby Plum is 2, then I needed to work. Which meant that Cheese Puff got to come along as well. So, every morning, we four set out and let Bob get some time alone to continue working on our bathroom.

Then, every afternoon we headed out for Little Elvis' swimming lessons.

A lot of things surprised me last week.

First, Baby Plum, who said he didn't want to go to VBS, was very willing to go. He hugged some woman we didn't know while I signed him up. Then he happily walked into a classroom full of kids he didn't know and with women he didn't really know -- he probably recognized one from MOPS.

I got reports when I picked him up, and he did a great job! He had fun with the other kids, and really boogied during the music time. Our shy baby is becoming so much more open to others. He doesn't hug my legs and hide, he happily walks into new scenarios and has fun! I think his improving language skills have to be helping on this front.

Now, while he's not shy, he's also not Little Elvis. Little Elvis walked into his class the first day and said to the entire room, "I'm here everybody!" Last year, he pitched a fit of some sort on the first day. This time, he held off until Thursday. He also apparently talked a lot on Friday. While I'm sure that wasn't fun for the teacher, I was so happy that he didn't pitch a fit. He's a talker. I have a feeling he'll be getting Us on his report cards for talking all through elementary school. (I'm pretty sure I got Ns or Us for talking when I was younger, too.)

Cheese Puff hung out with me in the nursery. My "working" was rocking with my baby and chatting with other women. Not too bad. Although Cheese Puff seemed to think that meant he needed to be fed even more than he already eats. He loved the constant holding.

As for the swim lessons, last year we signed him for 2 weeks of lessons in a class of 5 boys his age. They went nowhere. I think it was a combination of the teaching style and him just not being ready. This year I signed him up for 1 week of one-on-one lessons with a woman who used to work with my father.

Her teaching style is different, and it really worked for Little Elvis. He is swimming! Really. Today (we had a make up day due to rain) he jumped off the diving board and swam to the ladder. Last year we couldn't get him to jump off the side of the pool into our arms. He didn't even really want to put his face under. This year he was just ready.

For the make up lesson, Bob and Baby Plum also got in the water. Baby Plum has no problem jumping off the side. He also had no problem putting his face under. The bigger accomplishment? He had no problem going to Little Elvis' teacher.

I didn't write about it, but right around Easter, Baby Plum fell out of my dad's boat and into the lake. He had on a lifejacket and Bob caught him by the ankle before the life jacket even had a chance to work. Still.

This child. He is a bit accident prone. And a little fearless. Just a little. I'm a lot of a worrier. A lot. I now want him to have lessons as well. Bob thinks it's too early. The teacher didn't have any openings soon, but she loved that he had no fear of the water. We watched how she taught Little Elvis. We're going to attempt it with Baby Plum.

And I have no pictures. I will do better on that front. It was just busy last week.


Blogger Ann Wyse said...

Hurray! I'm so glad that VBS and Baby Plum got along! Phew!

The swim lessons sound great, too. I'm also ditching the lessons with 4+ kids in favor of a smaller class this year for Noah. We start tomorrow. I would love to have Noah as confident as Little Elvis by the end. He sounds - wow! - really independent! Fingers crossed....

12:09 AM  
Blogger Jeni said...

Yikes on the falling off the boat incident! Whenever the boys are near a large body of water they are always wearing their life jackets, or "super" jackets as Skyler has dubbed his. Mason is not as big a fan.

4:59 PM  
Blogger lisa said...

He sounds ready to me. Each child is different, but think about it this way - some people start their children out at a few months old. Maybe that will change his mind.

9:43 AM  

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