One of the items on this year’s bucketlist was to teach Athena how to swim. I can proudly say that I can cross it off my list as she’s almost as comfortable in the water as I am. Just a few months ago, she was too scared to put her face in the water in the pool. Now, she’s diving, doing handstands and going down water slides. Today at Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort & Villas, it really hit me how far she’s come.
We’ve been at Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas for the last few days but we’ve been busy with tours and activities so we didn’t spend much time onsite. Today, we decided that it would be a relaxing pool day for our family. From 10 am until 5 pm, we didn’t leave the pool other than to eat.
As soon as we stepped foot in the pool, Athena started swimming under water. I put the GoPro under at the same time and caught her with her eyes open and she was smiling. She looked so natural like she’d been doing it her whole life.
I took a few adorable shots of her like this before asking her if she could do any stunts.
Proudly, she said she could dive to the bottom and do a handstand. I was doubtful and sort of laughed but I said, “Ok. I’ll video you while you dive down to the bottom of the pool.” She pushed off the side and touched the bottom with both hands before flipping over and coming back up for air.
She didn’t need to plug her nose or wear goggles. She just did it! I don’t even like doing flips under water because some water goes up my nose. Where did this kid come from? It was one of the proudest parent moments for me yet. Hours of pool time really paid off. She was a confident swimmer.
We spend the rest of the afternoon practicing our synchronized swimming routine, being mermaids and racing around the pool. Gone are the boring days of sitting on the stairs because Athena can’t swim. Gone are the days of floating around while Athena uses a Puddle Jumper. It’s really fun to play games with her and “Daddy” in the water.
When we travel, we like to be active and see as much of a place as possible, but this trip to Phuket is almost a month long. After two weeks of exploring and moving around, we took some time at Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas to enjoy the pool and relax. It’s the perfect little getaway in Laguna to make us feel like we’re at home.
It’s moments like this that become so deeply ingrained in my memory that they find their way to my soul. My baby is becoming a little girl and she’s a super cool one at that. Life is good.