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I admit that I derived pleasure from participating in my first ever Śmigus-Dyngus or Wet Monday. Niko and I (well mostly I) couldn’t resist partaking in this Polish tradition that Borys and his dad filled us in on yesterday. Basically it’s an Easter Monday custom where people are permitted to splash others with water all day, catching them unaware – I am guessing it has something to do with the messages of rebirth and renewal signified on Easter.

I looked the origins up on Wikipedia and among other things found this part interesting: “With much of Poland’s population residing in tall apartment buildings, high balconies are favorite hiding places for young people who gleefully empty full buckets of water onto randomly selected passers-by”. This sounds to be both painful and shocking. For now, as this is the first time we’ve celebrated Dyngus Day, Niko and I merely splashed a few droplets of water on Daddy’s face while he was sleeping, only for him to roll over and with a half smile grumble, “Śmigus-Dyngus, Śmigus-Dyngus”, and then cover his head and fall back to sleep.


What to do with a three year old and a six month old? Swimming of course! Niko’s been practicing his floats and was dying to show them off to his new friend Mya. So off to the pool we went for Niko’s first public swimming experience: but it’s March Break and things were a little, (actually a lot) hectic.

As we squished our way (baby car seat and all) through the narrow change room and out into the pool area it felt like we were in some sort of slippery wet nether world. What I mean is, it was SO packed; we were in a single file just to get out of the change room, although that also had something to do with the design of the space, meeting with the sheer number of patrons visiting the pool on this March Break Thursday.

Actually the water was packed too; there were a tonne of kids and parents splashing around, having a good time. I did a quick calculation and figured it was about one swimmer (or more) for every square foot of space – so you can just imagine how busy it was. When we first stepped out on the deck, my friend Jen put it disgustingly well: “It’s like DNA soup”! Ewww! And by soup she was referring to all the pee that was no doubt intermingling with all the swimmers (which was soon to include our petite entourage as well)! Did I say Ewww…cuz EW! Thank goodness for the powers of chlorine.

Once in the water we quickly discovered that those giant flutter boards were prized real estate: Mya had one but it got jacked pretty much the second it slipped from her tiny hands. However, despite the busyness of the place, we all had a great time and found comfort knowing we didn’t see any floating Band-Aids (but I guess that doesn’t necessarily guarantee that they weren’t there).

Recipe for DNA Soup: Take one public swimming pool and fill to capacity (say 350+). Let nature take its course. Then kick, splash and blow bubbles to your heart’s content.

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We’ve got a little fish on our hands! Today Niko and I started baby and Mommy swimming lessons, with Traci and Eli. The lesson lasted half an hour and to get there on time, with one errand thrown in beforehand we left our house an hour before it started. I find anything with a baby takes longer – it’s such a process – but if I give myself enough (or more than enough) time the stress levels go way down.

All in all the lesson was a great experience, despite the fact that Niko cried when he first felt the water, but who could blame him? Up until now the only water he’s really been exposed to is the warmth of a bath. Anyway, once he acclimatized and I put on and used my best “let’s be happy and enjoy this” face and voice, he was good to go. He floated on his back with his ears in, he was on his tummy with his chin in and then we got to end off our lesson in the hot tub where the instructor encouraged us to dunk the babies – if we felt comfortable. I remembered from my lifeguarding days that this was encouraged for babies, that apparently they don’t mind it, and it helps them to really get used to water. So, after a round of Ring Around the Rosie we all fell down, and Niko was completely submerged and back up in a second. And how did her react, you may wonder? Like it was no big deal! He just blinked back the water from his eyes a few times in a row and we continued on our merry way. I figure if he does one good dunking per lesson then he will really get used to the water – and who knows maybe we’ve got a mini Michael Phelps in the making!

With registering for swimming lessons followed the purchase of a teeny tiny bathing suit for little Niko. When I first looked the only one I could find him was for 12 month olds, although post purchase I found another one that was for 6 – 12 months so picked it up as well – I mean I just have tonnes of time to make returns, right? It turns out that I went with the bigger size anyway, because then he has a little room to grow, and it didn’t appear that the shorts were swimming on him too badly.


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