Sunday, July 08, 2007


Yesterday was a gorgeous day here, so we decided to take Baby B to the pool--a real pool--for the first time. Naturally she had quite the dirty diaper that I had to clean up when we got there, though thankfully it was before we made our way into the pool, so I was able to rest easy knowing it was unlikely she'd have another dirty diaper while in the water. After cleaning up (while she giggled) in the bathroom, we headed to the water ready for fun. We first went to the huge shallow (at most, about three feet deep) kids' pool, complete with a huge pirate ship with spewing water in the middle. (This is certainly not the kids' pool of my generation! We just had a small 10-foot-square pool with stagnant, pee-laden water to swim in. And we walked uphill both ways in the snow to get there. And we liked it.)

This pool has a gradual, sloped, beach-style entry, so there's shallow water that laps up onto the "shoreline" of the pool. We sat down with Baby B in the inches-deep water and let her get used to everything around her. She was very curious about all the people around, and the most fun she seemed to have was when other people, especially kids, would come up to her and talk or make funny faces. We walked her around this pool, closer to the pirate ship, for a while, then sat back down at the "shore" and splashed around. She wasn't quite her normal giggly self, but she also wasn't crying like I saw several babies her age doing when they'd get in the water.

We decided to move to one of the adult pools where we could more easily do things like let her float and jump up and down with her in our arms at chest level. She was still really intent on looking around at everything and everyone, and so many people made comments about how cute she was. We got out after a while and dried off, having spent about two hours there. I thought we'd be lucky to last a full hour, so I'm very happy with how her first pool trip went.

It was fun to look around at all the kids that seemed to be about the age Baby B will be next summer and see that there's even more pool fun in store for us. I'd like to make maybe one or two more pool trips this year (hey, might as well while she's free!), and in the meantime, she's still enjoying her little baby pool at home.


At July 08, 2007 11:49 PM, Blogger Alli said...

Awwww! Fun! So glad you guys had a good time. What was her little swimsuit like?

I think I may have gone to the same pool you did as a youngster. LOL.

At July 09, 2007 12:02 AM, Blogger DMB said...

Alli--You know, I tried looking in four different stores for a swimsuit, but I never found ANYthing in her size!! The smallest I found at any of the four stores was 12 months, which wasn't going to cut it. So, we used some sleeveless onesies as makeshift swimsuits for this year (see the picture two posts down), then hopefully we'll be able to find one in her size next year.


At July 11, 2007 10:57 AM, Blogger Brandy said...

No pics of Baby B in the big pool water??

I think I went to that pool too as a child!! I can still remember the look and smell of it all. Yuck.

Oh and we got our little guy trunks in 3-6 month size at Ol*d Nav*y - they had baby girls bathing suits too when I got our guy's trunks. If you can't find anything this summer I'm sure you'll find a ton to choose from next year.


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