My new goal is to post once a week and I think he easiest way to do that will be to post right from my phone occasionally. Often by the time I get around to blogging I am so overwhelmed and behind and it is miserable. Hopefully this will help me keep up on my “journaling” and be less daunting.
Also, I destroyed my phone this week and lost a lot of pictures that hadn’t been backed up anywhere so I’m hoping to avoid that in the future.
This has been quite the week. Macklyn has had a lot of attitude these last few weeks and this week it felt extra hard to handle. I am trying really hard to focus on being positive with her and reinforcing her good behavior, but usually by the end of the day I feel like a monster and she is telling me how she loves her dad more. *sigh* At least she likes one of us.
On a brighter note- Macklyn had swimming lessons all week and has learned so much! I can’t believe how much they can teach them in 9 short days. She is totally comfortable being in the water without a life vest on, she puts her ear in the water to see what the fish are saying, and blows them bubbles to say hello. She likes to sing the “motorboat” song and go under the hula hoops that are submerged in the water. She is working on gliding and floating on her back.
Practicing her kicks
Swimming with friends
Practicing gliding arms
Exhausted from so much swimming!
Jumping in the water
“Motor boat, moat boat, go so FAST”
Macklyn and Jess
While I am so proud of how much she has learned and wha a confident little swimmer she is becoming, she currently has way more confidence than she has actual swimming skills to back her up.
After her last day of swim lessons we went to Salem Pond with some friends to feed the ducks. Because Macklyn still has her swimming suit on she decided to get in the pond with them.
She eventually went a little further out than I wanted (shocking… My brave little three year old didn’t want to stay next to the safe shore edge…) The water was up to her chest and I didn’t want her to trip and get scared. When I told her to come back she yelled “It’s ok! I’m being safe, Mom.”
The constant arguing with what I say will be the death of me.
Almost right after Macklyn reassured me about how safe she was she stepped out a little further and off an underwater cliff. She suddenly went from the water being to her chest to not being able to touch the bottom at all (and, again, having no real swimming skills). She yelled “MOM!” And then started sinking under.
I yelled “Watch Layla!” to my friend that was with us as I jumped in after Mack. It was such a scary realization at how fast s little kid truly could drown and I am so, so grateful we were watching her closely at that moment. What if we had just been visiting, thinking she was still close to the shore? Despite the back talk I don’t know what I would do without her.
I was in such a hurry to get to Macklyn I didn’t check my pockets properly before jumping in and accidentally left my PHONE in my back pocket. Needless to say- it didn’t make it. On the way home Mack said “Mom, thanks for jumping in the water and saving my life! I’m sorry your phone drowned, but I’m glad I didn’t!”
Because I was able to get to her so fast her “near drowning” wasn’t a big deal (health wise). There were some tears about how scared she was, some “I’m so sorry I didn’t listen” and sobs about how she would never swim again, but she ended up jumping right back in the pond later that night- with a life vest this time.
The next morning I wanted to mow the lawn before it got too hot out so the girls were playing in the playset. I suddenly heard SCREAMING coming from Layla, who had just been stung by a wasp.
Again, it could have been so much worse. There was a very active wasp nest hidden under the second stair- right at her face level. She was only stung once but if she had grabbed the nest (since curious one year olds seem to touch everything) she likely would have been stung several times.
My girls have amazing angels watching over them.
Layla’s face started to swell up immediately. I started to stress because I didn’t have a phone (it drowned in Salem Pond…) so if she had a horrible reaction I wouldn’t even be pable to call 911.
I FaceTimed Daryl from my computer so he could call the doctor. Because it was on her face I was worried somehow the swelling would reach her throat and she wouldn’t be able to breathe.
Leaving the doctors. Swelling is starting to go down, which is great!
Her nurses all coddled her and were impressed with how she was running around like a maniac even though half her face was crazy swollen.
Her doctor assured me the odds of it spreading like that were slim but it was wise to have her checked because that much venom in a little tiny body is going to be worse than if an adult was stung. He always reassured me so I don’t feel like crazy, overprotective mom and I appreciate it 🙂
Here is to next week!