Today we went swimming. Miles’s first ever.
They do swimming pools very well in Germany, die Welle made Romsey rapids look like a paddling pool. It had a main pool with big open slide, a wave pool, a children’s pool with lots of fountains, an hot outdoor pool, a flume, a small hot pool and an enormous jacuzzi. For the summer there was also a lido outside and another flume.
I wish I could include a photo but the camera would have drowned so here is a picture of Miles’s swimming nappies which thankfully weren’t leak tested during the swim.
We were a bit nervous about the swim. We could easily have found that we got there got changed, went in to the pool and that he cried immediately forcing us home. As it was he was very happy in the pool, despite the fact that we didn’t spot the children’s pool to start with and so took him in to the colder main pool. The only time he got a bit upset was when I put him underwater, and even then I think it was more surprise than anything else and he settled again straight away. He didn’t actually do anything that could be called swimming or even splashing, he just floated with us holding his head but I’m glad that he got the chance to get used to the pool, hopefully it will set him up to be a water baby later.
We didn’t get there until about 1300 so we ate after our first little swim while Miles slept in a little nest made from two chairs and our towels. The cafe had a clever system that let you pay with your RFID wristband (which also operated the lockers). Then we had a second swim and I had a go on the flume. It felt like quite a long session at the pool but it was nothing compared to some families who were basically treating it as a day at the beach and had come with picnics and books. That level of organisation also meant that all of the loungers were reserved, in traditional German fashion.
Miles was the youngest baby we saw there and easily the cutest. That’s not just parental boasting, he always turns heads and we hear a chorus of “Ahhh, isn’t he adorable” behind us wherever we go. They’re strangers and impartial so it must be true, it certainly makes us proud.