Tiny Mumbler is now three weeks into our Puddle Ducks journey, we ended up missing week four but I’ll explain that in a bit! If you haven’t read our first blog covering our first two weeks and the infamous submersion you can read it here!
I was really looking forward to week three firstly, because I had arranged for Grandma to come with us and I knew I was going to have some poolside help when it came to getting changed but also because Mini Mumbler was on half term and she was super-excited to see her baby sister swim underwater.
I know that there are lots of mums out there that can’t bear the thought of getting into a swimsuit so soon after childbirth, It’s not on my list of things I want to do personally. However, I figure that seeing as though I’ve already lost all dignity being pregnant and giving birth twice, I’m certainly not going to let my own insecurities prevent me from doing something I really believe is good for my child. When I used to take Mini Mumbler swimming I had to share a changing room with a genuine footballers wife but I still squeezed myself into my costume and did the wobbly walk of shame before getting into the pool, where finally I could breathe! Being able to take Grandma along for assistance does make the whole experience less painful for me as I can get my clothes on asap and not have to worry about Tiny.
I think Grandma and Mini Mumbler were a bit nervous about seeing Tiny swim underwater, I started to worry that she might get really upset this week just to show off to Grandma how much of a mean mummy I am! Thankfully she didn’t she really enjoyed most of the lesson including the submersions, she is starting to get a little fussy when she is on her back, but our teacher was able to explain why that happens at her age due to a developmental milestone, and suggest a different hold so that she is happier in the water.
Bathtime has suddenly become less stressful too! I mentioned previously that Tiny hates the bath but in the last few weeks, she has started to relax and let me bath her without any tears and even a few giggles. She’s even happy to let us practise the submersion signal and tip water over her face!
Week 4 didn’t quite go to plan, Tiny had an upset tummy. I think its just teething, but I’m not prepared to risk and explosive leak and close the pool for others as that really isn’t fair, not to mention hugely embarrassing! Puddle Ducks are really great when you cancel your lesson and because they have so many classes each week they are able to rearrange a catch-up lesson.
Puddle Ducks Wakefield is giving £20 off for new customers who quote Wakefield Mumbler on booking.
We’re writing a series of blogs for Puddle Ducks in return for free lessons as always our blogs are an honest reflection of our own personal experience. Whilst I would never name and shame or bad mouth a business, I’m not prepared to lie and if I wasn’t happy with the classes I certainly wouldn’t keep taking my own baby.