Adventures, Thing 2

It’s fun to stay at the…

We made our first family outing last night to the YMCA to introduce Nikki to the swimming pool. I tried for ten minutes to get a cute shot of her in her adorable swimsuit, but this was the best one I could get now that she’s become mobile and doesn’t understand words like “sit,” “stay,” or “roll over.”

We had a ball at the pool, though. She loved watching us go under water and come back up again. She would just squeal and laugh and giggle and it was so awesome because we all enjoyed it as a family. It’s nice when “firsts” can be a family event, and since we miss out on so many with her being a daycare, we like to make big productions out of the ones we can control ourselves like First Swim, First Ice Cream, and First Beer…the usual.

There’s a weird system of locker rooms at the Y. They are labeled Men’s, Women’s, Boy’s Family and Girl’s Family. Now, after much confusion and thinking, “What if a father and his little girl were in the ‘Girls Family’ locker room at the same time as a Mom and her little girl?” I realized the last two should read Women’s Family and Men’s Family. One is for Dads and their kids and the other is for Moms and their kids. I may have stood guard in the hall for 15 minutes watching who went in and out so I could make sense of it all. I know it seems like a simple concept but I like to make things really difficult and awkward.

There’s also a “shower before entering pools” policy that I blew off until LilZ snapped at me, “You are supposed to SHOWER FIRST, Mom. It’s a RULE.” And, you know, nothing makes you feel good about yourself as a parent like having your pre-teen reprimand you. I dropped my head in shame and went back to shower off. And then I grounded him for the hell of it, you know, just to remind him who’s boss.

15 thoughts on “It’s fun to stay at the…”

  1. Man, MrZ is gonna have to fight em off with a stick! That girl is just the cutest thing in that suit!
    I, however, fear what I will look like in a suit this year. The Krispy Kreme and the super nacho’s have not been kind!

  2. That is such a cute picture. She looks like she’s dancing.

    I took my son swimming for the first time at the YMCA too and our family locker room is for everybody. I walked in there last week and had to walk back out and check the sign when I walked in and saw a large man toweling down.

  3. Shower before swim? Wha?

    Makes me want to toss an unwrapped Baby Ruth in there just to have more of the pool to myself.

  4. NO! The only locker room in which mixed sex families can go into together is the first one, the “special needs” changing room. The other ones are still all sex-segregated. The just plain “women’s” and “men’s” are for 18 and over, while the “women’s family” are for girls and women, etc. etc.

    Now you see what I mean about all the crazy rules! They are really confusing at first.

  5. NO! The only locker room in which mixed sex families can go into together is the first one, the “special needs” changing room. The other ones are still all sex-segregated. The just plain “women’s” and “men’s” are for 18 and over, while the “women’s family” are for girls and women, etc. etc.

    Now you see what I mean about all the crazy rules! They are really confusing at first.

  6. Haha, I just pictured you literally hanging your head in shame and going back to shower off. Damn kids. Good thing you set him straight though 😉

    NikkiZ in that bathing suit is just too freaking cute. I’d love to see her with my Angel. That’s it, we’re moving to Alabama.

  7. Do I need to say the “aww how cute” or is it just understood at this point? 😉

    My gym has always had that shower before pool/sauna rule as well. I hated it. Until I encountered the people that were the reason behind there being a rule that is.

  8. We love going to the Y to swim. Just don’t try to take a picture in there. I had a lifeguard leave his pretty permanent post to come and tell me I couldn’t take pictures. Great. Thanks.

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