Swim Lesson Stress

Today was our first day of swim lessons. Oliver was overwhelmed by the loud noise when we entered the building and he cried until we got into the pool, where he cried even harder and louder. He was handed a toy and was good with the toy, but cried again when he was accidentally splashed by another baby. When we were getting out, I set him on the edge first, then began to get out myself, but he started to run away instead of sitting for the 1/10th of a second that it took for me to get out. I had to yell to the instructor to grab him and having a stranger restrain him really freaked him out. He, then, cried for the next ten minutes as I dried him off, changed him, changed myself, put in the stroller, and strolled out to the car. We did a 4 week swim lesson series when he was 13 months old, but he wasn’t walking or showing many of his “autistic” traits yet, so he enjoyed the experience. All I have to say is that I am so glad that they are only once a week, because I’ll need a week to decompress from that stress.

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