Swim Fishy, Swim

It’s been a minute… I have missed writing but as many of you know, finding time to sit and write a quality blog post can be challenging. So, I’m making the time to write because it’s quality me time and it’s part of my self care.

But, whew! What a busy few months. Emilia turned ONE! That day and the planning that led up to it was purely magical.

Emmy Turns ONE!

But, we also completed our six week stint in ISR swim survival training. Let me just say this because it’s important to know before reading this post. I almost cancelled the day before her first lesson because I was scared out of my fu*king mind. But, it’s truly one of the absolute best decisions I have ever made to follow through with it.

Let me preface this by saying, this post is just about our experience and my opinions, I am by no means an expert on this subject. So many of my friends who had their kiddos a few years before me had tackled ISR and it was just something that was so foreign to me. What the heck is ISR, right? In a nutshell, it’s survival swim training and helps teach our babies + toddlers how to float should they fall in the pool unexpectedly (I hate even just picturing that let alone saying it)…Emmy’s Fifth Week of ISR

Our journey with ISR had a few hiccups along the way but it’s what made our journey so special to complete. It also makes me want to stress that everyone has their gut instincts and if they feel like something just isn’t right, it’s OK to speak up + make a change. That’s what we did!

We ended up switching ISR instructors a week into Emmy’s lessons which only furthered my nerves but also knew that it was the right move. A dear friend of mine who has worked in the pediatric medical field for over twenty years was able to attend one of Emmy’s lessons on her first week. She was attending only to support me and my nerves but ended up helping us in a much bigger way.

I expected Emmy to cry during ISR, I expected her to feel uncomfortable and out of her comfort zone. But, Emmy who is such a chill little human was all out of sorts that first week. She was swallowing a lot of water, throwing up during her lesson and just crying beyond what I was comfortable watching. But, after our friend was able to observe, she solidified my concerns. Do babies swallow water? Yes! Do they cry during lessons? Mostly! Do they get out of whack? Yes! That wasn’t the issue…

The issue was the lack of attention + detail during our lesson and the lack of medical protocol of filling out a “BUD” sheet during every lesson. In fact, I hadn’t even heard of that when my friend asked me about it at our lesson.

BUD stands for bowel, urine, diet and sleep. It’s for the instructor to monitor their behavior and activity from the day before for each + every lesson.

So, was our previous instructor a bad instructor? Absolutely not. But, she just wasn’t the right fit for us. She taught a lot of my friends kids and they loved her so again, it’s just personal choice.

We switched instructors to the lovely Holly Nelson in Gilbert, AZ and she helped Emmy soar in the water.

Swimming in Clothes

Emmy still swallowed water, cried at first and was out of sorts with ISR but her overall energy changed completely. She loved the water and as a parent, you don’t want them to lose that joy. Holly was firm yet gentle and she just made me feel more at ease with lessons.

No parent likes to see their kid submerged in water but it’s also such a beautiful feeling to know that you’re giving them a lifeline should they need it. Emmy was happy in the water during lessons but she also knew that it was all business and she completed ISR in just about six weeks. Watching her get dropped in the water, flipped upside down and out of sorts but still manage to find her way to her back + float was pure magic.

ISR is s huge commitment. It’s ten minutes a day M-F and trust me, there were times where I just wanted to hit the pause button. But, then I would go to a lesson and watch he progress and it kept me going knowing we were doing the absolute right thing.

I think what helped me was a mixed batch of things. Advice from friends who had already been through it, doing my research and reaching out to professionals who can help you make an educated decision.

SO glad we did it. Just so stinking happy to have completed it, I feel like I graduated too. Ha!

Graduation Day with Dad!

My take aways: follow your gut, ask questions, do your research + find people that have the knowledge to help guide you in a positive direction.

Special shout out + love to Monique Nelson who helped us make a change and is such an incredible support to our daughter. Your knowledge and patience made it easier to make tough decisions, we adore you. Also to Chelsea Kunde at buildingblocksaz for letting me pick your incredible brain on this subject and supporting us in everything we do. Your knowledge on all things baby + toddler is a huge resource. xx

Swim fishy, swim!