This week Cameron had her first swimming lessons! It was a four-day course for children aged 6 months to 3 years. There was about 10 babies with their parents in our class which was held at a pool on our military base. I held Cameron in water that was chest-deep on me and we practiced splashing, kicking, going after a floating toy, and dunking under water.
Cameron loved it! She wasn't afraid and seemed comfortable in the water. She splashed her hands and kicked her legs like a frog. She didn't mind water poured over her head (we do that in the bath tub) and she didn't even cry when she got dunked... though she did look a bit shocked! She was certainly the loudest baby there, clapping and yelling when we sang songs as a group.
Johnnie came with us on the last day so we used my waterproof Olympus Tough TG-1 camera to take some photos in the pool during class :)
Here is a short underwater video of Cameron kicking her legs. She's a natural!
Cameron wore a variety of stylish swim suits this week :)
The pool is about 3/4 mile from our house and parking is limited so we took the bike and bike trailer every day. Two weeks ago we tried the bike trailer for the first time without success. This time, I moved Cameron over to one side, sat her on a small pillow to lift her up, and adjusted the seat straps behind her head to make more room for her helmet. Thank goodness it worked! We rode to and from the pool every day and she did fine. I won't be taking her for any long rides soon but we at least we can start using the trailer for short trips on base.
Cameron is progressing well with her walking skills. At first she would only walk toward one of us but now she has the confidence to walk in any direction. She is still slow and unsteady but her balance is improving daily. I know that Cameron's grandparents and relatives are eager to see her walking so we've been trying to capture some of her efforts on video. Here is a little montage from this week!
"Don't wait for your ship to come in... swim out to it."