Monday, February 7, 2011

Ocean Girl

Anna woke up on Friday feeling great and totally over Fifth disease. However, our pediatrician told me to keep her home so that's what I did. It's difficult to work from home when you also have a toddler to take care of, but I managed.

On Saturday and Sunday, we went to the beach in the morning. Anna LOVES the ocean. I think she's going to be a little surfer girl - maybe we won't have to save up for Harvard after all! The weather was nice but not as warm as I'd like for ocean swimming, it was around 60 both days when we headed to the beach. But Anna did not care about that! On Saturday we went to Will Rogers beach and the waves were crashing right on the sand, she got clobbered by a wave and was a little hesitant to go back in. We talked about how the waves were too big. Then on Sunday we went back to the Ocean Park area and the waves were breaking further out - so she was back in like nothing had happened. The problem is it was still kind of chilly outside so Anna was shivering a little after being in the water for 15 minutes or so. Every time I tried to get her to sit on the sand wrapped in a towel to warm up, she was just so upset. She would cry and complain until we took her back down to the water. She played in the waves for about 40 minutes until we finally dragged her out to go home.

So we'd love to find some kind of wetsuit or something for her but she grows so fast - I'm not sure what the solution is. I'm going to look around. Also I'm thinking this summer might be the time to think about swimming lessons. If she truly loves the water this much, we need to start teaching her the basics. Although I took lessons up to junior lifeguard and Uri was on the swim team, so I don't see why we can't just teach her ourselves. I can't imagine some 17 year-old kid would be better at it than we are. What do you guys think? Have you considered swim lessons yet or had your kids take them? A brief search on Amazon turned up tons of books on teaching your child to swim - has any one tried any of these books?