This summer Ava started swim lessons. The first day was great! She did fabulous.
The next day was the same way but I did what she said and stuck it out even though I was so embarrassed. I felt like all eyes were on us. The mom’s in the group totally understood and actually felt bad for me. Which was nice, but almost made me feel even more uncomfortable.
The teacher suggested bringing an underwater camera for the last day to take pictures. I had zero interest in it. It was the morning of the last swim lesson. I put Ava in the same swim suit that she wore on day one hoping it would maybe bring me some luck and put her in the same happy mood she was in on the first day. I said several prayers on the way there and had a heart to heart with Ava. We arrived, stepped foot in the pool and Ava was silent. I checked to make sure she was ok. I think I even pinched myself. There was no crying or screaming that day. Once or twice she got a little fussy but that was it! She actually enjoyed it and the last day was a success! Now I felt like the champ!
As we were leaving I apologized to some of the moms for Ava’s behavior. They all laughed and told me not to worry about it one bit. They explained how their children have been the same way before whether it was at a restaurant, in the grocery store, at a party, or really just anywhere. The stories they shared made me feel much better. I know swim lessons won’t be the last melt down Ava has but it was definitely the first. I was such a rookie.
Now, two months later we have experienced a few more melt downs including her’s and mine. Haha!