- Places of business are not simply open when I show up. But MY wouldn't life be easier? The Springdale Aquatic Center opens at Noon. Not a moment earlier. We thought we were late getting started today when we showed up at 11:40. We were wrong. Colt almost used up his daily quota of patience while waiting for the gate to open.
- Realistic expectations are key. During a trip to Sam's Club last night for ice cream, we browsed around and found one of those swimsuits with a built-in life jacket. We dubbed it The Body Glove. Well, it turns out that The Body Glove is not what it's cracked up to be. I pictured Colt bobbing up and down in the water, without having to be constantly held – more of the autonomy he is demanding these days. Unfortunately, The Body Glove did not deliver. We gave up, Becky and I spent 20 minutes prying a wiggly baby out of a wet suit (imagery!), and went back to the trusty swim trunks. We'll try The Body Glove again another day.
- Right AFTER naptime is always better than right BEFORE naptime. This is universally applicable. And Colt decided I should learn this lesson the hard way today. We spent exactly 37 minutes at the pool before it was clearly and unequivocally – naptime.
Bonus Lesson: Nothing exhausts a 13-month-old like time spent swimming in the sun. That's right, friends – 13 months old today!