This afternoon we had a few hours of sun in between rain storms, so I took the kids over to the Konicki's pool and met Nikki and the girls for some pool time. Corgan seriously makes me nervous around the pool because he will just jump (or walk) right in, so unless he's in my arms, I don't trust him at all. After a while of everyone swimming, jumping in, going under the water and lots of happiness, Annabelle tried swimming with Halle's kick board. Unfortunately, it was when no one was looking. Halle showed Annabelle how to use it earlier, but she showed her with her floaties on so I guess it looked easier than it was. I thought Annabelle was on the steps while I was paying attention to Corgan, when all of the sudden I heard gasping behind me. I turned around and saw Annabelle struggling to keep her head above water and she was a good 5 feet from the side of the pool or anyone/anything else to grab on to. The kick board wasn't even very close to her either. Of course I grabbed her immediately and hugged the heck out of her. She wasn't hysterical, but was definitely very upset. I tried to not show fear myself to keep her from getting more upset. I kept telling her that I was so proud of her for kicking and keeping her head over the water (although from the second that I saw, she was under the water, but kept kicking up enough to get a breath before going back under). She kept telling me that she got stuck under water and no one was helping her. My heart was breaking and I felt like the worst mom ever!
After all of this happened, the weather was starting to get back so we got ready to leave anyway. There was no more swimming after that. I hope this experience hasn't scared Annabelle out of her love of swimming. I don't think it will, but I do think it will make her much more cautious of swimming on her own.