So it’s been a little crazy around here for the last few weeks. We joined the YMCA on Aug 22nd and I signed the kids up for classes. That Wed I took Alex swimming because he was a little nervous about the new pool. The following week we swam again on Wed. The week after that, classes started.
Alex’s first swim class was at 5:05 Wed night. Beth stayed at Barb’s until 6pm when Eric picked her up. Technically I needed to pick Alex up by 4:30 to be on-time for his class, but since I’d have to pay for the entire hour, I picked him up at 4 instead. I made arrangements with my co-worker Lisa to meet us at the Y around 4:15 so that Alex and Adrianna could play for half an hour before going to their respective swim classes, which we deliberately scheduled at the same time. The hope is that we’ll be able to swim for 20 minutes or so after their classes starting this week, but Lisa has had another obligation lately that prevented that.
Alex is finally in a no-parent swim class. The Y starts them at age 3 (if you want) and there’s no height restriction. So Beth will also be in a no-parent class by mid-March. So while Alex has class, I go in the other pool and swim laps for 25 minutes. He’s been making great progress now that Mommy isn’t in there to coddle him. He puts his face in the water without complaining. Lisa even saw them doing them Dead Man’s Float yesterday! He had a private lesson last week because no one else showed up. This week two new girls joined the class.
That Friday was Alex’s first “Three Times the Fun” class. It’s a 2 hours class from 4:30-6:30. Every week they will do an art project, then an activity in the gym, and then go in the pool. Adrianna is in that class as well. Beth stayed at Barb’s until 7pm. While Alex is in class (since I have to stay on-site), I swim laps, have a snack, and then use the Fitness room for a while. So far I’ve just used the stationary bikes, but I’m attending an orientation on Monday night so that I can learn to use some of the other equipment and could do some strength training instead.
Saturday is Beth’s Moving and Grooving (aka “dance”) class at the community center. She has really enjoyed this class in the past and I started bringing Alex with us since he didn’t have any other Saturday classes and you pay per family, not per child. After class we go to playgroup in the same building. So we get home about noon. Bonus here is that Alex does not have the opportunity to spend all morning on the computer, which is something we struggle with. And Eric has almost 3 hours with which to get some things done around the house without little bodies getting in the way. 🙂
That Sunday was supposed to be Beth’s first swim class, at 12:25. Eric and I decided to utilize the onsite Kid Care and play racquetball before her class. So we played from 10:30-11:30, hit the whirlpool for 10 minutes, and then got changed to pick up the kids, picking them up around noon. Eric took Alex home and I got Beth ready for class. Since we were ready about 15 minutes early, I decided to just take her in the pool, since there was open swim. We swam until class time. At which point I had to ask someone what was going on because there didn’t appear to be an instructor anywhere. He had someone check and they came to talk to me. Turns out they had cancelled the class because we were the only ones that signed up. The person in charge had forgotten to call us. They said I could switch into another class. But I think they felt bad for us because someone came in about 5 minutes later to hold the class for us.
We switched to the Tuesday night swim class. So two days later we were back for Beth’s 6:05 class. Kinda late for us, but the only other class we could make. I asked Alex where he wanted to spend the extra hour of child care and he picked Barb’s over staying at school. So I pick him up at school and drop him off at Barb’s when I pick Beth up. Then Eric picks Alex up at 6pm. Again, I head straight to the Y and let Beth play. She lasts about 20 minutes before she starts getting bored since she isn’t adventurous enough to go up in the play equipment yet. So it’s mostly running around and reading a few books. At that point we head for the pool, getting in about 15 minutes early. Then we have class and get home around 7:00. (I’ve found that 45 minutes is about her limit in the pool – she starts getting squirrely.)
So that’s our life right now:
- Mon: Nothing!
- Tue: Beth Swim
- Wed: Alex Swim, then Mommy goes to bellydance class
- Thu: Get together with Bill & Olya
- Fri: Three Times the Fun
- Sat: Moving & Grooving and Playgroup
- Sun: Racquetball – We played this week even though Beth didn’t have class and hope to continue. Jenna will be here this weekend and she will be given the option of learning to play racquetball with us or swimming.
Trying to feed the kids has been a challenge because of the crazy class times. I’ve stopped at McDonald’s a couple of times on our way home, but honestly they’re not eating it well and I’m tired of paying for food that gets thrown away. Last night I packed Alex a dinner of a Lunchable and Smores Goldfish and that went better. He was going to Kid Care for an hour while I went to Zumba.
So if anyone has suggestions of easy to pack, kid friendly foods that I could attempt to feed them during our crazy days, feel free to chime in! Alex eats pretzels almost every day at school and he usually takes a salami sandwich. So I’m trying to avoid those two things. Oh, and it has to be car-friendly too!
For now, I think maybe on Tue I’ll just pack Beth some fruit snacks, which she always eats. Alex can eat dinner when he gets home on Wed. Fridays he gets a granola bar before class, string cheese, goldfish and chocolate milk during class, and then I’ll pack another snack-y thing for after class and he should be fine for the night. Neither kid eats very well at dinner anyway.
We have four more weeks of this schedule and then things are going to change up. I’m not sure what exactly we’re doing because it’s dependent upon Adrianna and whether she’s willing to try a new gymnastics class on Saturday mornings with Alex. I do know that Beth will be doing a pre-ballet class at the Y instead of Moving & Grooving. One one hand, it’s nice that we’re no longer sitting around the house doing nothing. But on the other hand, I think we’re a little over booked. Hoping to combine some of Beth & Alex’s classes so they take place a the same time instead of on 4 different days. There are way more classes for Beth once she turns 3, so this should get easier next year.
Oh, and for the record, Eric and I were very sore that Monday after our first racquetball game in about 8 years. 🙂 Plus that day I swam with Beth for 45 minutes. And then we took a short hike at my co-worker’s house down to the lake. And then back up the very, very steep hill!