We took David to the pool for the first time this past weekend. The ratio of time spent in the water to time spend prepping for the pool was . . . well . . . large.
If you want to bring your baby to the pool, just follow these steps.
1. pack 3 bags of necessary supplies when going over to someone’s house (in this case, an apartment). This includes but is not limited to:
pack n’ play, 2 blankets, 6 diapers, wipes, 2 bottles, formula, purified water, tylenol, 8 burp cloths, 6 bibs, spare change of clothes, 5 toys, random pair of socks from newborn days, snack for yourself, swim diaper, swim diaper cover, swim suit, extra swim diaper, extra swim suit in case of spit up, sun block, bath, bath towel, washcloths, shampoo and body wash, lotion, sleeper, sound machine, etc.
2. Arrive prior to nap time so child can take nap at destination, then immediately head to the pool after he wakes up from his nap (and by immediately I mean 45 minutes after he wakes because that’s how long it takes to gather everything up despite the 30 minutes you spent prepping prior to him waking).
3. Wake from nap, feed, then change into swim gear all while trying to avoid spit up.
4. Contemplate if it’s all worth it.
5. Decide it’s worth it.
6. Remember at the last second to put your own bathing suit on.
7. Begin your walk to the pool.
8. Realize the sun is gone and it’s drizzling slightly.
Begin to cry. Stay strong, swallow that lump in your throat, and walk through the rain to the pool.
10. Celebrate when the rain stops as you arrive to the pool.
11. Give youngins’ a glare for blasting rap music and disrupting this otherwise picture perfect moment you are sharing with your son whom you love and adore.
12. Find a chair, deposit all the bags and towels you carried.
13. Walk over to shallow end of the water and place your toe in to check the temperature.
14. Discover it’s rather cold.
15. Swallow lump in throat.
16. Reconsider whether all this work is worth it.
17. Decide it wasn’t worth it after all.
18. Hold baby who doesn’t have a clue what is going on and crouch down to let his feet touch the water because you didn’t go through steps 1-17 for nothing.
19. Make happy noises and celebrate even though baby isn’t dumb and doesn’t enjoy the sensation of cold water on his feet.
20. After 0.111567 seconds in the water, stand up with baby to remove him from the area.
21. Return to home, put that baby in a sleeper, and go get frozen yogurt. You deserve it.