Bayli attended her first swim meet, the CHAT mini meet.
We left it up to her to decide if she wanted to do a meet or not. Back when she first started swim team, the sign ups for this meet were due. We told her that she would have nearly 2 months to prepare. We took her to a few meets to watch the goings on and cheer on a few of her team mates. Finally, Jed told her that if she would do a meet, he would pay her $5 for every entry that she completed. I love letting my kids make choices for themselves, but sometimes they need just a bit of persuasion.
After nearly two months of training since she initially signed up for the race, I think in hindsight she would have changed her mind about doing the butterfly and done the back or breast stroke. But, that's how we learn right.
So at Thursday morning practice, Jed pulled her coach aside and asked him to work with her on the turns to ease up her nerves. We love the coach staff! They have been so supportive of these new swimmers. He spent a good amount of time working with her on her turns and dives. After practice, she told me that she felt a lot better about the meet.
Bayli slept well the night before her meet. Jed and I on the other hand, woke at 4:30 am to nerves eating at us, glad it was us not her. The pains of parenting.
We had a game plan going into the meet. Jed was going to be her poolside support, because she would have completely fallen apart if she had made any type of eye contact with me. She was teary when she entered the water for warm ups, but as usual once she started swimming she looked comfortable.
We looked at the schedule and discovered that she was the first event (girls 8 and under 50 M free-style) and the first heat. Yikes! A bit un-nerving for her first meet.
My favorite memory was after her swim. She climbed up into my lap, shivering. After a few minutes of talking about the swim, she leaned in close, pointed her finger towards the pool and whispered, "I loved that!!!"
Her next swim was the 9th event (girls 8 and under 50 M butterfly) with only 4 entries. Huh, more evidence that it is the hardest stroke. She was still a bit nervous, but held her composure going into her second event. She looked a lot more relaxed on the block.
|stickers make everything worth it|
Not to mention, the 10 bucks that Jed gave her wasn't too bad either.
I hope that she doesn't expect that kind of reward at her next meet, she chose to do 5 events! What a Rock Star!!!