Damn lying weather forecasts. 50+% chance of thunderstorms, starting earlier in the day on Sunday, blah blah blah, and of course it's 6 p.m. and not a drop of rain yet. It does look like we might get a shower, maybe.
My daughter did bring Miss D to visit around noon and we went to the pool, where we stayed in the water for over an hour, until we were all quite prune-y. Because if you are at the pool with Delaney, you WILL be in the water. Getting out and taking a break is for wimps.
She will be swimming by the end of the summer. She has a strong kick and can propel herself the length of the pool at a good pace, clutching her ridiculous parrot-head float ring, but of course, if she's clutching the ring, she's not using her arms. Mom got her to put the ring aside and brave ducking her face under once or twice (once on purpose, the second time not so on purpose). She came up spluttering the second time but not alarmed, and I pointed out that it's important to shut your mouth when jumping into a pool. She took this in very seriously and committed it to memory: "I need to close my mouth when I jump." She did dog-paddle a couple of feet to the wall on her own, as well. I swam to the far (deep) end of the pool and she wanted to kick her way to me with her swim ring, and I suggested we meet in the middle. She got there as quickly as I did; I was doing the "grandma breaststroke" - the one done while wearing prescription sunglasses in the water. She is developing a nice, strong kick, and as soon as we get her arms going, she'll be off and no turning back. She is DETERMINED to learn to swim; she is on a mission now, and we are going to make it happen with these regular sessions at our community pools (there's one a block from their house, and mine is a 5 minute walk away).
A nice long swim was followed by vegan burgers and salad and fruit for lunch, several episodes of Curious George on Netflix, and of course puzzles. She has to do her Melissa & Doug See-Inside Alphabet Peg Puzzle (best money Grandma ever spent) every single time she visits. She knows her letters, and is learning letter sounds. Mom asked her, "What letter does apple start with?" and she shouted, "A!" and so forth. I see that they have an upper and lower case version Melissa & Doug Upper & Lower Case Alphabet and I'm going to have to add that to the puzzle rack. She's got the upper case letters down, but lower case is still a bit confusing. Of course, she is TWO. I truly don't know where they'll send this kid to kindergarten. She has an October birthday, which means she missed the Cast in Stone birthday cutoff for kindergarten, and won't start kindergarten until a month before she turns six. Yeah. That's going to be...interesting.