I have to share something that happened this week.
As much as I don't want to believe this happened to me...
As much as I am embarrassed and ashamed that it did...
I have to share, because this post could have been so different.
The lifeguard at our neighborhood pool had to jump in a get Cooper on Sunday.
Just so you know, Cooper is fine now and was never completely under the water.
He was struggling though, and it was too close.
You might have noticed in my last post I talked about our lovely yellow life jackets.
The boys have been great at putting them on and keeping them on, no questions asked.
But this day was different. Since both Blake and I were there, they wanted to try to swim without them.
Owen has been doing really well.
Cooper was really not even trying, he was just enjoying hopping in the water and feeling free.
He was between the 2-3 ft markings and they were playing together. Both Blake and I were (or thought we were) watching them.
I was in the water with them holding Sadie.
A lady behind me asked me a question about Sadie and I turned to answer her.
It happened that quickly. Cooper had hopped just far enough that he could no longer touch. And I had turned to answer this lady.
I happened to be facing the lifeguard and saw him run and jump in the water.
When I turned I saw my baby struggling to keep his mouth above water.
I was about 10 feet from him.
My legs were Jello and useless.
I had Sadie and there was no way I could get to him faster than the lifeguard.
Cooper was fine but scared. I was beyond shaken.
Please when you read this don't think this could never happen to you.
I know there were things we should have done differently.
I know that we have learned from this. But I beg you, please learn from my mistake.
If you have multiple kids, keep them in life jackets until they can safely swim on their own.
Drownings happen when we let our guard down because we think there are more eyes watching and in reality we are not watching as closely.
It's more like me to be prideful and not share that I totally screwed up here and could have lost my Cooper. But, I just pray that someone will read this and think twice about life jackets.
I know you may have to fight them on wearing them, but do it!