OK, so Malka LURVES water. She loves sprinklers, the ocean, the sink, and up until last week, her bath.
She started swimming lessons last week. She sat on the edge of the pool, and giggled like all the other kids. I slid on in the water, and brought her to me. She was fine. For about 5 seconds. She screamed and clung to me the ENTIRE TIME. She would stop for about 30 seconds, to laugh at me blowing bubbles. But then she continued screaming.
I figured, hey, it’s her first lesson, most kids have “issues” with it, right?
Narda took her to her second lesson, wash, rinse, repeat.
That night, in her bath, I was able to amuse her by literally sticking my face in the bath, and blowing bubbles. She laughed, and then spent the next 30 minutes playing in the tub. Which is a HUGE shift, as lately, she’d be “all done” after about 5 minutes.
Last night, and tonight, for bath, she ran to the bathroom, all excited, got naked, but then flat out refused to get in the tub. Screaming, wailing, saying, no, no, all done, all done. I literally, got in the tub with her, just to get her clean. (it’s been hot AND humid here in NYC, so not bathing is not an option…)
Yet, today, at the children’s museum, she all but RAN to the water area, playing, splashing, getting wet. But as far as getting IN the tub? Narda had to help me.
The ONLY thing I can think of is that with other elements of water, Malka feels in control – SHE controls the water, and what it does to her, AND there’s a bottom. In the pool? NO BOTTOM (for a 34 inch toddler). Either that, or she’s having flash backs to the Mikevah – I really have NO idea.
ALL of the other kids in her swim class, even the ones who are ‘fussy” are OK in the water after a while. not Malka. I really don’t want her to grow up afraid of water. But the odd part is that she LOVES water. Just no the pool, or sadly now, the bath.
OY – any thoughts? Ideas? Similar experiences?