This boy, he continues to amaze me. In all that he does, whether it is his swimming, football or his reading and writing he just seems to be taking some rather big steps lately. All of which are really exciting but since our summer holiday just a few weeks ago I can’t help but feel that this gorgeous little boy of ours isn’t so much my baby boy anymore. If truth be told its something I am struggling with. Maybe it’s because I have had a really long week at the office and each time I return home his excited little face greets me with another achievement.
For so long now he has been my baby, lacking in a little self confidence, often afraid to dive right in. Despite having so much confidence in some things that he does he also shies away from so many situations, mostly contact sports and in all honesty I think that’s because he’s so much smaller than his peers. There are the times when he still needs me in those moments of self doubt, when he looks up at me in the hope of a little reassurance. And then completely out of nowhere, and more so in the last few weeks you can see his increased level of confidence oozing out of him. On so many levels he is growing up. He has completely come out of his shell, showing us what a special little boy he is and just how hard he is trying.
In one breath I feel so proud of all that he has achieved recently and then I remember just how quickly he is growing up. Where is that time machine? I have always felt so proud of him, but recently he has completely overwhelmed us with his confidence when it comes to his swimming. He really is a little water baby. From just a few months old we have taken him to a weekly class where he has been taught safety skills as well as those all important swimming techniques. He has had some wonderful teachers over the years who have worked with him so well, tailoring their teaching methods to how our gorgeous boys learns.
In the last twelve months we have really seen a change in his confidence which is all thanks to GUST Swim School. For a long time he needed one of us in the pool with him, however with the support of a SwimFin swimming aid, which is a great way to build water confidence and leave your arms free to practice swim style strokes and a caring and nurturing teacher focussing on just three or four students at a time he no longer needs us. He has become so much more independent. I just love my Thursday nights, sitting poolside watching as he takes another step towards the next level in his swimming journey.
And so when we started to plan our little family holiday to Spain we were a little concerned as to how he would cope in the water and the sea without the security of his teacher. We were a little apprehensive however on Lil G’s request we packed a SwimFin and honestly we needn’t have worried at all. Having the SwimFin on is a great confidence booster for Lil G as well as helping to put our mind at rest. We spent many a day at the pool watching him jump in and swim until he was all shrivelled up. And lets not forget the beach, oh how he loved to go for a little swim in the sea with Mr H.
Does your little one swim? I’d love to hear about your swimming journey.
* Disclosure – this SwimFin was gifted to us in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are our own.