I signed Nora up for swimming lessons and the first one was last Saturday. She's in the 30-36 month group and it's a sort of transition group where we, the parents, are supposed to spend at the most the first 4 lessons with them in the pool, guiding them along, and the last 4 lessons away from the pool to let them be independant in the water and just part of their group so they can graduate into the next level, which is all alone with the group-- no parents.
So basically, I had to get in my suit and get in the water! It was OK for me since I was pretty covered (VERY covered compared to everyone else!) but still a tiny bit awkward since it was mostly dads with their kids in my daughter's group.
Nora did so great! After the course was over, she didn't want to leave and tried twice to throw herself in the pool (but ended up leaving without a fit). Her only problem is the same as at the daycare she goes to... she doesn't take direction well. She likes to do what she wants when she wants and during the course, she was just happily spashing and swimming away from the group, not really caring that the instructor was giving her directions to do something else.
At the end of the class, the instructor came to me and told me her supervisor needed to know about my bathing suit... She was uncomfortable talking to me about it obviously... She asked if it was for religious reasons and I said yes. Then I told her it's a bathing suit, made with the same material as any other. I don't wear this on the street! She came back after consulting her super and said it was fine. I SURE HOPE SO! There'd be no reason to deny me the right to wear this bathing suit, I think!
My cousin and her baby have a class at the same time and she jokingly said, "So Candice, you're ready for winter?" when she saw me. lol