Well, the gremlins had their second swim lesson today. I guess there is good and bad news.. /sigh/ The last swim lesson Luna did great and was in the water paddling and kicking, but Star was NOT feeling it. She kept crying for me (I was sitting on the bleachers on the opposite side of the pool), and even when I went over to them and sat right by her, she refused to go in. I figured this time, I'd just leave the pool area entirely and just watch from the lobby (there is a window upstairs that looks onto the pool). I was a little surprised, since they are both usually really excited about going into the water. I did observe though that everything was fine up until her sister got comfortable with the instructor and her usual happy outgoing self.. As soon as that happened Luna just retracted into her shy shell.. The more Luna came out, the further Star sunk in.. /sigh/
I figured maybe it's the acoustics of an indoor pool (there's an aquatics aerobics class going on at the same time, and maybe the noise was too much), maybe the new environment, the new person, maybe it was just too much for her to rake in. So, today, I showed up a half hour early and sat with them on the bleachers and we watched the class before them, I talked to them about swimming, about going in the water, etc. and they BOTH seemed really excited. When their turn came, I said my good byes and headed upstairs. Everything seemed to be going just fine until the third student showed up, and Luna looked up and saw me at the window.. Then the waterworks and screaming commenced. It took everything I had inside of me NOT to go running down and grab my little gremlin and kiss and hug her, but I stood my ground. I figured if I did that it'd just signal to her that every time she screamed I'd come running, and that is probably NOT a good thing..
So, I just hung out upstairs like a coward, peaking every so often at my screaming toddler.
I FINALLY went down 5 minutes before the class was over, and procured my two gremlins, a little sad that Star was NOT cooperating, but totally understanding..
The instructor then advised me that if she does not start participating she will recommend I try a mommy and me class.. All good, (been down THAT road before) except... Luna will be fine remaining in her class by herself, I can just entertain Star for that 1/2 hour, BUT who will watch and entertain Luna while I'm In the pool with her sister? We've faced THIS dilemma before, and THAT is why we haven't had classes before now. /sigh/
Well, it looks like I'm going to have to try something ELSE. They have family swim every evening from 1830-1930 (which will wreak HAVOC on our dinner and sleep schedule but I DO realize it's NOT every night and NOT permanent, so we MAY just have to suck it up) so, we may have to take advantage of this and maybe help get Star used to the indoor pool and her surroundings a little with me and daddy, people she's accustomed to. Another thing I'm going to try is different classes for both of them, maybe being separated might help. The classes were canceled due to inclement weather last week and we need to reschedule a MAKEUP class, and I just may schedule them at different times/days, and see if this makes a difference...
Wish us luck...
Have any of YOU faced this dilemma? Any advice? Ideas?