Bathing cutie

Last summer, it was all about lengthening your legs poolside with a pair of metallic heels. This swimsuit season, the look for legs is softer. Softer and a lot squishier. And did I mention that rolls are going to be big?

Really, really big. Clean-them-out-with-a-Q-Tip big.

Look out, world! Maddi is coming to a swimming pool or beach near you!

After an auspicious start last summer at the Halcyon Hot Springs resort and eight months of practicing in the bathtub, our little fishie has finally made her public-pool debut. This morning at 9:15ish, we loaded up the car and headed to the nearby Johnson-Bentley Aquatic Centre, where our wee one enjoyed a rollicking half-hour of floating, splashing and playing with oversize bath toys. She was a little hesitant at first, but her friend Alex from playgroup was there, and he’s an old hand at this swimming-lesson thing.

He showed her how to play with a beach ball, although it didn’t really sink in, as she wouldn’t get her hands anywhere near the thing and basically tried to pretend it didn’t exist.

Maybe it was a matter of temperature, because once we moved from the graduated pool to the warm tub (not to be confused with the hot tub, which we would never inflict on such a tiny thing!), Maddi perked right up and thoroughly enjoyed Ring-Around-the-Rosy. She didn’t much appreciate having the big yellow ducky taken away from her at the end of class, but then, who among us does give up this season’s “it” accessory without a bit of reluctance?

Anyway, much fun was had at the pool by all. Here’s a picture of our little water baby sporting the hot new chubby-thighed look. (Mommy’s trendy thighs are simply too fabulous in their chubbiness and will blind the undeserving; thus, they have been concealed beneath board shorts so that other people won’t feel insecure about their stringy, scrawny chicken legs.)

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