Yesterday I plucked up my courage and braved a trip to the swimming pool for the third time with Christopher, two weeks after our last abandoned attempt when we didn't even make it into the water! He threw a magnificent wobbly and got just a tad hysterical the last time, ripping his swimming shorts and arm bands off and crying so much he made himself sick! (that's what I get for taking a back tooth teething toddler to the pool I guess!).
I held it together until we were almost out of the building, then started blubbing myself, the recent weeks of hardly any sleep finally taking their toll on my nerves! The staff were nice though, they offered me a cup of tea and gave me a voucher to come for another swim, seeing as we'd be unable to get into the pool that time! (costs almost £5!).
We went back yesterday morning, and Christopher started crying as soon as he saw the building! So I took him to the window that looks over the pool and we sat there for a little while watching the funny looking synchronised aquafit people and eating chocolate buttons until calm again.
Chris cried all the way to the pool again, but wasn't hysterical so I was determined not to give up! He calmed down again after we'd been in the water for a bit, and cheered up even more once we were free to splash about on our own. We were trying an adult and child swim class, but decided it wasn't our cup of tea! I don't like being part of a group and having to sing songs and prance about in the water doing what the lady at the side of the pool tells us to do! Neither did Chris! We had much more fun on our own, getting him to slide into the water off the side of the pool, splashing about and throwing him up in the air. Hopefully the more times I take him there the more he will be happy and look forward to it!
Today I took him for a visit to the zoo. We went to see the giant pandas in their outdoor enclosure, something I've not been able to do before as I always made the mistake of letting Chris out of the buggy too soon and he would just run off somewhere else! We sat and watched Mrs Tian Tian pacing around outside in the sunshine, and Mr yang guang munching his way through truckloads of bamboo (they are getting ready to put them together in the same enclosure to see if they feel like making some little panda babies!). It was all very lovely, then I thought Chris might like to stand up and watch the pandas like the older kids around us...he immediately started thundering around and stomping his feet on the fun noisy wooden flooring, and got told off by the keeper for freaking out the panda! We slunk off somewhere else (or as slunkily as you can whilst holding a wild thrashing shouting boy in your arms!!) Sigh. Next time he is most definitely staying in the buggy!!
We had a lovely day though, despite that little episode! The sun was shining and everything was looking beautiful. Instead of rushing past everything else at a hundred miles an hour he let me lift him up to properly look at some animals, including the pelicans, the magnificent rhinos, the popcorny binturongs, a big snake, the pygmy hippos and the penguins and the darwins rhea! I'm lucky if I get to take the time to even notice what animals we are passing usually, let alone spend long periods of time with them!
After a lengthy play on the climbing frames and a quick lie on the ground tantrum and buggy wrestling match it was time to go home. I have been trying to persuade him to have a nap all day to recover from our busy morning, but he vaulted himself into his cot and fell asleep just before his dinner time!
I wish that I could have taken some photos of the animals today, but I forgot my camera, and only had my mobile phone. Ah well