Swim Tired

Summer vacation mornings of slow breakfasts and extended jammie wearing is almost over. School starts up again in just over a week. I am ready and also not ready. This year I feel like I got to the edge of acceptance that hot weather playtime means January, but I still hesitated. I have not planned any beach days. It does not occur to me because as hard as I try, my first thought it that those are for July.

We are not wasting our summer time though. I love the feeling of absolute exhaustion after a good swim. I had that yesterday when we came home from our friends’ place all rubber arms and prune fingers from hours in their pool. We even had to drag Clover out of bed an hour later than normal.

Today the twins started their first ever swimming lessons. We waited so long because the twins were not old enough to go in the water for lessons without an adult. It is really hard on parents of twins because unless you go on a weekend, usually both parents are not available to attend the class. I am disappointed that there are not better programs out there to help people with young twins. Water safety is so important and I would have had them in classes at 12 months (like we started Gemma) if I could have. We looked around for options for the last 2+ years and the best anyone could offer was bring a nanny with you. I am so surprised that with the sheer number of sets of twins (and more!) these days that places have not come up with a way to help us out. As predicted, the twins LOVED it.  Kieran cried when it was over. I bought a swim pass for the kids and I am going to make an effort to get us out of the house and use it.

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  • Rachael Thomas - Great comment on twin swim lessons. I have twins who are two and a half and also a 4 and 6 year old. I cannot imagine taking them all swimming. I have thought about private lessons? Not sure, probably wait till they’re older like you have.
    Cheers,
    RachaelJanuary 23, 2012 – 4:14 amReplyCancel

    • sesame - Admittedly, I did not do a WHOLE lot of calling around…only went to a few different places, but no one offered private lessons for twins at one time. We don’t have a pool at home or I am certain I could have had someone hired. The closest thing was the center where we ended up who have a creche (daycare) for the patrons to use. I could have paid to have on in the creche while I did lessons with the other and then dried off, and swapped. It was just too complicated for me to get my head around so we waited. It was super important to us for this summer now that the twins are around water at friends’ places and also trying to do everything that Gemma does.January 23, 2012 – 6:19 amReplyCancel

  • Rachael Thomas - PS, i just love your photography. 🙂January 23, 2012 – 4:14 amReplyCancel

    • sesame - Thank you!January 23, 2012 – 6:16 amReplyCancel

  • Kirsten - I love the photo of Clover in her swimmers.

    And I was wondering: have you already shared your great (and fast) new editing system that you talked about? Perhaps I missed it…?January 23, 2012 – 5:03 amReplyCancel

    • sesame - Actually, I was thinking about that today…I have not yet done the post as I need to do all the screen caps for it, but I have a lot to edit coming up, so I plan on using that time spent editing also gathering images for that post! Will be in the next few weeks…January 23, 2012 – 6:16 amReplyCancel

      • Kirsten - Oooh yes please. I don’t know how you get it all done!January 27, 2012 – 9:22 pmReplyCancel

  • Laura - I am so happy they are finally getting the pool experience! I agree, it is wonderful for the whole family. We went yesterday and we’re to the point where we all do laps together. We are making an effort to do more physical things together as a family.January 23, 2012 – 12:24 pmReplyCancel

  • imene - I love reading your posts about summer, the pool and warm weather. It makes my winter less cold.
    I am so glad the twins are having swim lessons. My boys were so close in age that we had to come up with a creative solution. I signed up at the local Y for two lessons. I used the drop off for one of them while in the water with the other. I am glad they can go on their own nowJanuary 23, 2012 – 7:17 pmReplyCancel

  • DawnK - Swimming sounds like a lot of fun! I’m glad the twins can take lessons now.January 25, 2012 – 8:45 amReplyCancel

  • amber - LOVE! So sweet. She seems like she is deep in thought. I too am a toddler photographer. I hope you can check me out and follow: http://obsessivision.com/aJanuary 25, 2012 – 11:07 pmReplyCancel

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