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Apollo Takes a Dip: Apollo’s First Swim

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Apollo went swimming for the first time yesterday and loved it! I honestly didn’t think he’d go for it, but the second I was in the water with him he stretched out his chubby little arms and legs, letting them kick gently in the water. I think he was having flashbacks of the roomy pool he had while in-utero.

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So content! He wasn’t sleeping, he just had his eyes closed because the sun was so bright.

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Public Service Announcement: I just want to make it clear that Tucker was not holding  Apollo in this photo. I had both hands firmly on him and simply propped him next to Tucker for the picture. 

Tucker, age 4, at the pool 

Tucker, 4

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Kalina, 9

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Judah, 13

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Mordecai (7) jumped off the diving board for the first time ever!

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Enoch, 10

Hope your summer is as refreshing and joy-filled as ours!


  1. jess o.

    Wow…Apollo is definitely a child of you & Chuck! 🙂
    I’m so happy to have been able to keep up on Apollo’s birth and first weeks by reading your blog…thanks again for being so good at it.
    Finally….I’ve got 2 bags of chicken cordon bleu in my freezer with your family’s name on them…I’ll get them to you sooner or later! I promise!
    ~jess o.

  2. Renee

    People are strange…I just didnt want to give anyone the impression that I let my four year old hold the baby in a swimming pool 🙂
    Sent from my iPhone

  3. Lou

    Funny thing is (for a cross-cultural misunderstanding), when I read “PSA” I thought “oh, it’s about the baby not having a rashy on.” I didn’t even notice that a 4 yr old was holding him in a pool! (I don’t have kids…obviously.) But it is pretty rare these days in Australia to see a kid without a rashy. Esp babies. Full suits actually. (I see, however, that all your other kids have them.) (Mind you, we have an ozone hole kind of close to us!)

  4. Esme

    Well I’m not Australian, but I think I can answer that one for you (correct me if I’m wrong Lou).
    I’m going to guess that “rashy” is short for “rash guard” which is also known as a swim shirt 🙂

  5. Esme

    I actually saw an itty bitty one at Target that was so darn adorable I wanted to buy it even though I don’t have a baby! But that’s the only time I’ve ever seen one…

  6. Lou

    Yeah, sorry. I teach cross cultural communication. You think I’d realize I was using that word! It’s a swim shirt. We have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, so no parent EVER has a kid outdoors with them. and we even get them in iddy biddy sizes! And usually for little ones they are full jumpsuits till they are about 3 or so.

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