Henry and I have been filling our time together with a variety of activities (many free) in the last few weeks. It has been a tough transition for both of us since he no longer goes to daycare. I try to round up plenty of playdates and activities for us while working from home for part of the day. We both treasure this time together because come December, my attention will definitely be divided and it will be a big change for him.
Mark did not have to work today so he was able to swim with Henry for the first time. Henry was the sole swimmer (most people were out of town due to the holiday) which seemed to be good for Mark because he could learn the swimming routine without interrupting any other swimmers. Mark enjoyed the time with Henry and he was much more animated than I am when I swim with Henry. It was sweet to watch. Henry got a little more tired than usual, being the center of class and having to perform without any breaks. Class was cut short by about ten minutes and Henry fell asleep right when we got home.
Henry has really improved at his swim class. He went from a screaming baby in the pool to, I think, actually really enjoying it. His skills in the pool have improved on a weekly basis as well. This is thanks to a great teacher, but also a boy who has become more fearless in the pool. He has learned to float and realize when to hold his breath in preparation for going under water. He kicks and splashes too. It is amazing how babies learn from visual cues. Guess I won’t flip him the bird anymore.
I was happy to return to my family on Thursday night. After two nights away, I was ready to hug my baby. It was good for Henry and dad to have some one-on-one time though. Henry is at an extreme Mommy stage and I was happy he could learn to be without me for a few days. Of course, watching videos of Henry from afar made me realize how all viewers of our site must feel. After seeing him on the computer, I just wanted to hold him and hug him even more.
I don’t have pictures, but Henry has improved in swimming, to the point that I think he actually enjoys it now. Yesterday, he floated by himself and I put him under water several times more than I had previously. He was also trying to kick and splash. It helped that he didn’t have a toy in his hand (a little duck from the pool toys) to divert his attention. He really focused on the swimming.
I took Henry to the park Friday evening. I was surprised how excited he was to just sit and watch people (and pigeons). I guess even babies get spring fever.
Jacqui signed up for parent/child swimming classes at Imagine Swimming. Today was their second session, but so far Henry’s been a little apprehensive about the idea. We’ll see if he warms up to it eventually.