Archie loves being in the bath, splashing & playing but when it comes to going to the swimming baths then it’s a completely different situation, he screams before we even get anywhere near the water! I’ve tried to take him swimming on about five occasions, each time it has been a nightmare.
With my anxiety getting worse I just didn’t think I could face it again but I knew I had to persevere. All week I was determined to take A to the under 4’s swimming session but when the time actually came the excuses started and as usual I started to talk myself out of it, but unusually, I pushed myself and got ready to go and I’m glad I did.
We had a great time, A is still not comfortable in the pool but there were no tears this time. No screaming, no funny looks from other people like I’m torturing my child and that I shouldn’t be there. A clung to me in the water with his legs wrapped tightly around me but he laughed and splashed and it was wonderful to see him enjoying himself.
I think the key to the success this time was that we went as soon as the session started at 10am, this meant it was less busy with only a few people in the pool so Archie senses weren’t overwhelmed. Once it started to get busier he began to get a little nervous & upset so we just paddled at the edge of the pool until he had had enough & tried to escape through the shower block but we managed a whole 45 minutes!
I’m proud of myself for pushing my anxiety aside to take him but I’m super proud of Archie for coping so much better, and hopefully this will mean that we can go more often & I can get some additional exercise!