I think that I may have mentioned it before, but Gavin does NOT like to be near or in water! He is a very easy-going boy, but if you give him a bath...watch out! He has a fit and doesn't forgive you for about 30 minutes afterwards! He sometimes even starts to cry or complain if I am holding him and I just turn on the sink! Just the sound of water sets him off!
This makes bathtime so difficult at our house! I feel so bad for him and I get quite the workout trying to control him while also washing him up. It is not fun and he and I both dread bathtime!
My goal for the summer is to get him to tolerate water a little better. I'm hoping that he will even like it someday, but for now I'm just hoping for him to tolerate it. I plan on getting him wet a lot this summer! SHH, don't tell Gavin!
The other day it was about 97 degrees out, so I filled up his little pool and let the water warm up some. Then, I started by putting his feet in the pool.
Surprisingly, he tolerated this very well! Maybe because it was SO HOT out!!!
Next, I took off his clothes and sat him in the pool with his diaper on. He even tolerated this fairly well!
Since he was doing so well with the water thing, I decided to give him his bath in the pool!
I guess that I pushed my luck! But, he did do better in his pool than he does in the sink or bathtub!
I can only remember one time that Gavin ever liked being in water. We were staying at a hotel with a lukewarm hot tub, so I took him in with me. He didn't cry at all. So, I'm thinking that he might do better if he is being held in water??? We just bought a pool from the bargain corner. (Well, actually the guy was willing to give it to us for free, if we took it down! This is a huge job and Joel is NOT thrilled about it, but I told him, "It's for Gavin!" :) Plus, the boys and I will love it too! We just need to figure out how to install it at our house and buy a new liner for it!) Anyway, I am hoping that once we get it up and the water warms up a little, that Gavin will get used to the idea of water and hopefully like it while being held by me.
I've been told that children with Down syndrome usually love water and swimming. I guess Gavin didn't get to read that memo! Oh well, I'm not giving up! Hopefully by the end of the summer I'll be updating you on how much he loves to be in the pool.....I am surely not going to hold my breath though!
Do any of you have ideas on how to get a boy with such a waterphobia to like it? Please let me know if you do! Because, pretty soon I might just give up bathing Gavin! Between his not liking baths and his not being able to sit up for them, it just wears me out too much!
"O God; early I will seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water." Psalm 63:1