Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Splish splash

If today was my last day on earth, I'd feel like I spent it wisely and with a happy heart. I love my child beyond words. He is growing and learning every day and he is such a rock star.

Sam had his second swim lesson today. I arrived at the Y about an hour before his lesson so that I could do the step/strength/kill-Shannon class. Sam was a bit apprehensive about the day care, but thankfully Pam was there to calm his fears and more importantly play with him on the playground! I made it through the class with 5 minutes to spare before the girl from the day care came to get me. I hurried to get my little man, with a sigh of relief as he saved me from the remainder of the grueling ab routine I was struggling through. He waved goodbye to Pam (my savior) and we went to the locker room for a quick change.

Sam recognized the routine from the day before and let out a few whimpers in protest. When his lesson started, he entered the pool with a bit of trepidation, but quickly picked up where he left off from yesterday. We still focused on wall work, but today we did more underwater drills and he actually swam a few feet to get himself to the wall! I was squealing with delight and clapping and singing Sam's praises. Through his protesting, he would stop and clap for himself and then sign "more." When Dawn put Sam on his back today, he relaxed much more than yesterday and was able to float, with assistance of course.

The best part of today's swim lesson was when Sam and I were back in the locker room. I had changed him into a dry diaper and warm clothes when he turned and gave me the biggest hug he has ever given me. This wasn't just a casual hug. This was a wrap-his-arms-around-my-neck-and-squeeze hug. He didn't let go right away. He stood and hugged me tight as I sat cross-legged on the floor of the locker room. I rubbed his back and thought to myself, "THIS is what being a Mom is all about." I could feel Sam communicating to me, "I love you, Mommy." And in my firm squeeze back, I was saying, "I love you too, Sam."