Kate's first swim team practice for Fast Dolphins was this last Tuesday. This is her third year on the team and she is still in "6 and unders" because of when her birthday falls. We put her on the team when she was 4--almost 5. A few months ago, when it was time to sign her up, I realized that Jake would be 4 (just barely). So, I signed him up, knowing that I could get a full refund if it didn't work out so well :) So, when last week came, Joe and I debated on whether we should let him try. I didn't really think he was ready, but Joe and I decided we would put him in the pool for the first practice to see how he would do. It would be so nice to have BOTH of them in the pool this summer!
There were way more little ones this year trying out for the team.
I think coach Krista was a little overwhelmed!!
Here's Jake with his amazing freestyle form-- don't you just love that little hand? He's so cute.
Gotta get those feet and buns up a little higher!
He was feeling great and so was I! Kate was doing so well that Coach Krista moved her over to practice with the 7-8 year olds. Then, with about 8 minutes left in the 30 minute practice, Jake started to get cold. His lip quivered and he looked at me and started to cry. "I'm all done. I wanna get out." I told him he had to stay in the pool for just a few more minutes and he started to cry a little more. I moved away from him so he couldn't just sit there and talk to me, and instead of turning back to listen to his coach, I heard with gusto, "MOM! I HAVE TO GO PEE!!!!" All the parents turned to me. Yes, I will get my son out of the pool, don't worry! Smarty pants. By the time we got back from the bathroom, practice as over. Nice. The next few days went much better. They turned on the solar so the pool was much warmer :) I asked the coach if I could go ahead and order Jake some jammers and she hesitated and said, "Welllll, not yet." I guess he has to prove by this Thursday that he can make it across without any assistance and then he'll be on the team. Then I can order him a suit. I'll let you know...