Birthdays and Big Girl Swimming Lessons

Monday saw my baby turn into a ‘big girl’.  It is funny when your children turn three, they are no longer babies, not even toddlers and heading at a rapid rate of knots towards school.  A is already wise beyond her few years.  You can have a pretty decent conversation with her about Tom and Jerry (her current absolute favourite thing in the world), she loves to ‘help’ with lots of jobs and when she flies out of the playgroup door to throw her arms around me, she really does give the best hugs too.

She has been extremely over excited about her birthday and as it was on Monday, she had a three day birthday spectacular with family visitors over the weekend.  She loved all of her presents especially her regulation pink Hello Kitty bike and has had the best time

Who says I can’t ride my bike in the living room?

But the most incredible thing that A has done this week is start her ‘big girl’ swimming lessons.  The boys have lessons in a private swimming pool and although it is overdraft increasingly expensive, it has been money well spent as both boys are becoming fine swimmers.  A and I have been going to a mother and baby group at the same pool for over a year and to begin with, it was a really lovely half an hour of dancing around, singing and playing games in the pool.  I loved it and it was amazing to see how A grew in confidence in the water in just a few months.  

The she started to get a little too confident.  It was like wrestling a crocodile trying to get her to do what she was supposed to.  When we had our ten minutes without arm bands we had a real battle of wills as she was convinced that she could swim and didn’t need me to hold her.  A few weeks ago, the swimming teacher tool pity on me and said that they would find a session for her to start lessons on her own as she was clearly ready and although a bit young, she was confident that the time had come.
A was over the moon.  She kept telling me (over and over) that she didn’t need me any more and the two week wait until her first lesson seemed like a very very long time.  She went into the pool on her own wearing her goggles and arm bands.  She sat patiently on the side waiting her turn.  She listened and did everything she was told. And she swam her little socks off from one side of the pool to the other.  

It was incredible.  It was certainly a very proud mummy moment and even the teacher said how amazing she had been as the other two children in the group are older than her and she did just as well as them, if not better.

She came out of the pool with the hugest of smiles on her cheeky face and told me; “See mummy, I told you I didn’t need you any more!”  Well until she needed carrying out of the car as she had fallen fast asleep after the exhaustion of the lesson that is.



  1. Laura CYMFT
    December 13, 2012 / 10:10 pm

    Looks like she had a fab birthday! I can’t believe she is only 3, she looks so tall for her age. And well done at swimming lessons!

  2. December 14, 2012 / 9:44 am

    Happy Birthday A! Sounds like she had a great time.

    Wow, big girl swimming lessons eh? Again sounds like she did really well. Well Done.

    They do grow fast don’t they? I remember my youngest turning 3, it seems ages ago and he keeps asking me when he’ll be 4. They’re always saying they don’t need us, hurrying to grow up, but it’s nice to know that they really do, even if they don’t know it.

    Great post Nicola!

    Morgan x

  3. December 14, 2012 / 2:31 pm

    Go A! That is fab. She looks so proud and confident. I love watching my girl swim too.

  4. December 15, 2012 / 7:33 am

    Sounds like she had a fabulous birthday. H started swimming classes on his own at 3 and I was so glad as I didn’t have to go in with him anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I like swimming, but I never got to swim and getting 2 people dried and dressed is much harder than one. Sounds like she’s a natural in the pool and maybe she will be swimming without the armbands soon.

  5. December 16, 2012 / 6:28 pm

    Fab – Happy Birthday A;
    We had upset from E when it came to swimming at school this week! He is very water confident but thinks he’s a better swimmer when he is and was upset not to be put in top group – so we’re looking into private lessons too – eeek! x

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