The Monster hates getting his face wet (especially at bath time) so, though he loves swimming, it is often filled with tears as he splashes his face. He is being brave if he dips his face forward and gets his lips wet. I wasn’t expecting anything different from normal when we took the kids swimming yesterday. Yes, I dug out the goggles from last year’s holiday but as he had hated them then I didn’t think that yesterday would be any better.
So imagine my surprise when he started dunking himself under the water. And once he’d learned to blow gentle bubbles under water he had me dunking him and pushing him through the water as though he was swimming below the surface! A couple of weeks ago he told me he’d never go underwater and yet now he is a water baby!
I’m so proud of the Monster for taking such a big step, though (like most of his recent achievements) it’s bittersweet because it shows how much of a big boy he’s becoming.