When I asked for some blog topics you guys would like to see, I got a lot of requests about the pool.
How do I take three kids to the pool?
What do I take to the pool?
How do I watch all my kids at the pool?
These were just a few of the pool-related questions I got. I had another sweet reader who recommended a "How Erika Does..." series (thank you, by the way!) and just like that this blog post was born. :)
Today, we're talking THE POOL, which is one of my favorite things. If you've been reading here during the summer months then you know my people enjoy the pool as well. In the summer if you're looking for us and we aren't home, you should check the pool.
In the perfect world every time we headed to the pool, it'd look like...
It looks pretty easy to keep on eye on all the kids at this one.
But in reality most Texas pools in the summer look more like...
hahaha! Right? Or maybe that's just how it FEELS when you're taking kids to the pool solo.
We've been taking our kiddos to the pool since they were babies. I should add that I'm trying to speak to all the Mamas about how I take kiddos solo to the pool, but all my pictures are including Tab! The reason is-when I was solo at the pool-picture taking just wasn't happening.
When Ebby Lee and Nixon were both little, the pool was hard but that was not gonna stop us from getting out.
I ALWAYS went with friends. Granted, my friends had babies too but we always kept all our eyes on our little people. An extra set of eyes was huge!
I found a flotation device that worked. Don't let that picture of Nixon with that little floatie ring fool you, that was not the kind of flotation device I'd use if I was solo at the pool. On this particular day, we'd forgotten his floaties so he was using what was available and there were tons of adults present. When my kids were younger, they used floaties. I think at the time puddle jumpers were to new? I don't know. I don't remember them at the time. Those floaties with the soft material on the outside (not the hard plastic) were our go-tos.
Two summers in a row (when Nixon was one and two) Nixon had NO fear of the water. I'm talking jump right into the water and wait for someone to save him. He'd come up smiling. I threw my pride out the door and got him one of these full on life-jacket body suits. Did he look super cool? haha! NO! But I felt so much better knowing he was wearing this when we went to the pool.
I took my kids to swim lessons at an early age. Starting at the age of two, my kids have gone to swim lessons with Mrs. Sally. She's tough. She made them get their eyes wet way back when they didn't want to, but now I have her to thank for my two big kids who are great swimmers.
We found the right pool. As crazy as that sounds, there are lots of pools in Texas. My girlfriends and I found a pool that worked for our children's ages. When they were younger, we always hung out at this kiddie pool that had a big covered area, was super shallow, and fenced in. It was the perfect place for us to be! Mind you...if we had a dollar for every time someone had to save Nixon in that little baby pool none of us would ever have to work again. My girlfriends can tell you...he was CRAZY!
We make GREAT memories. Sometimes my kids are swimming with friends. Sometimes Tab and I are challenging them to cannonball contests. No matter what we're doing, I can guarantee we're making good memories at the pool.
I got really laid-back with that third kid. Can you tell? With Ebby Lee, I would have left the pool immediately if she needed to nap. Not with that third kid! I wanted my big kids to get to swim and have fun so I quickly realized if Bowen was tired and needed to nap-we could make it happen at the pool! Bonus...it was WAY easier for me to keep up with the other two if the baby was asleep. I remember Bowen falling asleep on a pool chair and my friends helping me pick up the entire chair (with Bowen on it) to put him in the shade. #truefriendship If you have older kids and are stressed about how you'll make the pool happen this summer, try to be laid back with that baby's naps.
We spend a lot of time in the pool. This has helped my kids become good swimmers at a young age and it's helped them be comfortable around the water.
We live for summer days at the pool. :)
I've always done what feels right. For instance, Nixon could "swim" but I made him wear his floaties all summer long while I took him to the pool solo (without Tab). Bowen is doing great so far at swim lessons this week, but no doubt-he'll wear his puddle jumper for most of the summer when he's at the pool with me. It just makes my mama heart feel better knowing they're all safe.
Here's to many summer days and nights spent at the pool in 2016! XOXO
I hope this post helped you guys that had lots of questions. If you have a more specific question, please comment and I'll do my best to answer. Thank you!