Sometimes I forget that this is Simeon’s second summer in our family. Last year, summer was all about helping Simeon breathe, diagnosing problems, and keeping him alive. This summer is different. We’re trying new things, we’re making ice cream, we’re taking neighborhood walks– I love it.
|Women’s Swimsuit from Anthropologie 2011 (isn’t it magical?) // Sun Hat from Sim’s Aunt Amy (the monogram queen)|
- Choose a pool that is relatively empty. No splashing kids or teenagers making waves.
- The trach must be capped while in the pool, which will limit the amount of water that could get in if Sim were to go under.
- Hands on baby at all times (no independent sitting on the pool stairs).
- Shallow end only and stay near the edge.
- Try minimize the amount of funky stuff in the water– for us that meant staying away from lakes, rivers, or crowded public pools that may be more likely to have tons of chlorine.
Have you ever seen a baby squeal for 30 minutes straight? If not, then you really ought to come with us to the pool sometime. The way this kid splashed, giggled, and plopped his face into the water, you would think he had a contract with Coppertone. Getting Simeon into the water was scary but it felt so good to see him all elated. Looks to me like swimming with a trach can be done and we can’t wait to go back.
As far as I can tell, this year, we’re doing summer right.