Greetings Floaties Families,
I wanted to take a moment to re-introduce myself, as some of you may not know me. My name is Angela Wild, I have been a swim instructor for over a decade and have enjoyed working for Floaties as an infant instructor for nearly 5 years. My husband and I had our first child last November, and it was one of the best days of my life when I brought her to her first swim class. Since then, I have been occasionally writing of my experiences of being a Floaties parent. My previous two entries highlighted my nervousness of handling a newborn in the bath and the challenges of finding quality family time.
Transitioning into the role of new motherhood has been fraught with so many challenges and choices. As parents, you know all too well how quickly they grow and develop. Nearly every day this past year, I have found myself taking a moment to be grateful for having a happy, healthy child. As Avery’s 1st birthday approaches, I marvel at how a tiny speck has blossomed into a smiling, waving, walking, talking social creature complete with attitude and sass.
Avery will be turning the big O-N-E on November 10th, and she has been swimming since she was 3 months old. In that time, we’ve (my husband and I) watched her start swim class somewhat hesitantly. Nine months later, she loves her swim lessons. She is always happy to see Mr. Lee and Ms. Tracy, loves splashing around, LOVES sharing toys with me and other kids, and enjoy being around all the people. I am so grateful for this wonderfully supportive environment. The term “it takes a village” could not be truer in this sense, and my tribe of aquatic brethren have welcomed their new member with open arms and loving heart. My husband and I have a lot to be thankful for.
At Floaties, we know that the next two months can be stressful with traveling, visiting relatives, family drama and all the mouthwatering food temptations. I am going to try and not let it all get to me, and one of the ways I am going to do it is by participating in the “Grateful Box” activity. Both at home and at Floaties, I will write down one thing I am grateful for. I have asked both my mom and my husband to write their own entries. We have agreed that when we sit down for our Thanksgiving meal, we will read to each other what we are each grateful for. Some will be funny, some serious and some will probably be ones only other mommies with understand. (“Wonder Week?-anyone”).
Since I have an amazing year to be grateful for, my list will be pretty long, but just for you readers, here are a few I can share:
1. Eating at least 1 cupcake every day of my pregnancy, I only gained 22 lbs during my pregnancy. Thanks, genetics.
2. Gingerbread Lattes are back at Starbucks.
3. Boot season is finally here! ( if the weather would cooperate).
4. I have a job. I love my job. I love my company and the people I work with.
5. My “new mommy” chop off haircut is finally growing back out.
6. I was blessed with the ability to breast feed my daughter for 1 full year – and counting.
7. My mom’s amazing relationship with my daughter has healed our rocky one.
8. I thank my lucky stars every day for my wonderfully supportive husband.
9. Who ever invented those baby food “squeeze pouch” things is brilliant.
10. Facebook and Instagram- for all the mom blogs, threads and pictures that remind me every day that things could always be better…..and worse…. and that I am not alone.
As you come into Floaties, we hope you will take a moment and stop by the Front Desk and grab an “I am thankful for..” slip. Jot down anything, whether it is serious, sentimental, corny, or heartwarming. Your thoughts will be transformed into “leaves” that will be posted in the facility so that your gratitude and blessings can be shared with other Floaties Families. Happy November!
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