Over the last three weeks there have been lots of milestone moments for Roo. She flew on her first aeroplane to Florida, got her first official stamp in her passport from US immigration, saw her first movie in a cinema when we took her to see the new Disney Pixar film Brave and began to swim on her own unaided in our holiday villa swimming pool. Even giving up her dummy on our return from the holiday!
Then this weekend we took her to her usual swimming lesson’s with Baby Bubbles. Julia at Baby Bubbles has been fantastic with Roo, encouraging her week by week but even two weeks ago Roo still wouldn’t jump in. She wouldn’t put her face in or under the water and there was no chance of unaided swimming of much letting go of Daddy E. This Sunday however it all changed.
Roo couldn’t wait to jump into the huge leisure pool all by herself. She took great delight in showing Julia how far she could now jump, how good she was at going underwater and holding her breath and how she could swim unaided without Daddy. This had all come about as a result of us having access to a pool for the last two weeks and both Daddy E and myself (mainly Daddy E it has to be said) building her confidence through games, swimming together, and water toys in the water so she realised that she could do all the things we had been telling her to do at swimming and that she could do them confidently.
At the end of the lesson I saw Julia ask Roo to swim from one side of the pool to the other. No arm bands, just swim and reach Daddy E on the other side. I was transfixed as I watched her little arms and legs splash up and down, propelling her across the pool. I beamed from ear to ear as she made it and she got the biggest hug from Daddy E. Roo got out of the pool and ran to the glass to tell me she’d done her badge! I was so proud of her.
After swimming we got to get her 5m distance badge and certificate and nanny has been tasked with fixing the badge onto her Speedo Tots Girls Hot Tot Suit (which she adores since we got it before the holiday).
It got me thinking that I am going to start recording those milestone moments that we get as parents. I will try to jot them down in my diary or on the blog as I know that in years to come I will want to look back at the progress Roo made when she was younger and treasure these memories. It’s not a case of gloating over “oh my daughter did this at X age” I think it is a great way to remind us all of those special moments when our kids make a huge achievement in something. After all memories are such a precious gift it’s natural to want to treasure them.
Do you record your child’s milestone moments, and if so how do you do it?