How is it possible that Ellie Graye is old enough to be in a swim lesson without me? I know she follows directions really well, listens, and pays attention, but holy moley, the child isn’t even two yet. She’s perfectly fine with the whole thing – it’s me who isn’t ready for this! That being said, as I watched her sit patiently waiting for her turn to jump in and dive for rings, I couldn’t help but be a little proud. It’s a pretty amazing thing to see a child so little be capable of so much. I’m so grateful to have been able to give her the opportunity to develop such an important and empowering skill! And the fact that she loves it so darn much is a plus.
She loves it so much, in fact, that tonight as we went through our usual routine, she insisted that we talk about her new “pull-wee esson” (swim lesson). She went through each activity that they did, and was terribly upset when I did not discuss each event in the order in which they occurred. We ended discussing the fact that her friend Emma cried much of the lesson. Ellie’s commentary about this situation? “NO CRYING!” So cute.
Here’s a video of EG swimming last week in San Jose. I obviously could have used a second set of hands to take the video, but at least it shows a bit of what she can do!
Yes, swimming with my baby is a huge part of my every day life, but I wouldn’t give it up for anything. To me, it’s a priority! My intention was never to have her “comfortable with water”…it was to have RESPECT for water, then ability in the water, then self-confidence and THEN be comfortable with water. Now, of course, it may have gotten a little out of control. She’s now obsessed with water, swimming and her teacher Kelley – but I’m ok with that, because Ellie Graye can save herself.
Aaaah, the joys of being opinionated.
Ok, time to put aside the amazing qualities of my 22 month old daughter and talk about things that you actually care about….like bargains!
Today I made a quick visit to one of my favorite stores, TJ Maxx. I swear, even if I were to win the lottery, I’d still shop there. I LOVE the thrill of the hunt and the reward of a spectacular result for fewer buckaroos. I went in specifically looking for side tables. My brother Jake will soon be moving into the shop (we’re building an apartment for him, but for now he’s going to stay in Jeffrey’s newly built office) and we’re trying to get things set up since the move in date is right around the corner.
So, his room is set up, but since I used a table that had been in the living room….I had to see if TJ Maxx had anything decent. I mean, come on, I can’t live without a side table, can I? I poked around, looking at dresses for my friend Katie’s wedding (still nothing), and then happened upon two tables that I fell in love with from across the store. When I got closer and grabbed the price tag, I fell in love even deeper. $39.99. I repeat: $39.99. Solid wood, one or two repairable scratches, and voila, there where the tables that I had hoped to find, and totally within my price range! I snatched them up and headed back to DPF. I found the perfect homes for them, and I now have a favorite new spot to relax, read, and…….blog!
Jeffrey had to head down to San Jose tonight, but the Mother’s Day gift that had been on backorder finally arrived. I’m thrilled. It’s a wonderful Mother’s Day gift, because I can use it with EG. I’m not sure how many of my readers have seen a “Learning Tower” but they’re awesome for giving a toddler safe access to countertops, sinks, etc for helping out in the kitchen! Thanks, Babe, for the great gift!