We spent a wonderful weekend at 2 different lakes with a couple of Jake's friends and their wife and kid(s). Our rule is anywhere near the water and the kids have life jackets on even if we are right there by them. No matter how deep or shallow they always have jackets on.
Well on Saturday Emery had a little incident. He was playing with a tube that you pull behind a boat, I'm not sure quite what happened as I was looking at another kiddo. I hear Jake's friend's wife yell to her husband "Dylan grab Emery!" She had been standing on the dock watching everyone and saw him go down.
It was a split second that it seemed to happen. It amazes me how quick a brain processes things. I glanced over to see Emery flopping in the water. It was maybe a foot of water. He has a little lifejacket with the "pillow" on the back.
He somehow fell backwards and got scared, as he tried to turn over to get up he got flipped to his back again and went under. He tried to get back up and just kept flopping and spinning in the water. He was surfacing and gasping for air.
I was farther away than Dylan even with him in the water. Maybe because he didn't know right where Emery was as he had been watching his son or it didn't process quick enough WHY he was to grab Emery. I knew precisely where Emery was because I had JUST been watching him. Jake was up the hill sitting with Abby so he couldn't get to him.
As soon as I heard Sarah tell her husband to get him and I saw what was going on I somehow flew to my feet and ran the 10-15 feet to him. In my dreams it always seems as if I'm running through water, that feeling of moving so slow because water is holding you back. It didn't hold me back then, I'm still surprised how quick I made it through the water to him even with flip flops on. I remember thinking in my head where to grab him best but I don't even recall where I grabbed ahold once I got to him. I just know I grabbed him by his jacket and pulled him up into my arms. It seemed as if he flipped and flopped about 6 times before me as I was running to him. Time went by so slow to watch it and yet so fast as I was running and yanking him out and up to me. I will never forget the look of terror in his beautiful wide blue eyes. He was sputtering and crying as I told him it was ok, mama had him and wiping his face off.
Scared the beejeezus our of me. It took all of maybe 30 seconds to happen. I tried to explain that if he falls in the water to lay on his back and the pillow and jacket will keep him floating. It was a little bit of a reality check for me.
I already am the person who comes up with scenarios and works through what I would do. Sometimes I just have to shake my head and tell myself to knock it off. Jake gets so annoyed with me and is always saying that will never happen. It's not always so left field though and some things very well could happen but apparently he thinks he is invincible. It dawned on me a couple weeks ago that it must be from Grey's Anatomy. Things that are 1 in millions happen on that show. I was that way growing up even and would have anxiety but between Grey's Anatomy and becoming a parent it has gotten much worse.
I've decided that we're going to sit down and practice. Even at 10 and 5 the boys could use a lesson along with Emery. We're going to discuss water and fire safety and what else I can think of that is good for refreshing and teaching the ones who don't know yet.
I think everyone was on their toes the rest of the day. Things can happen so quickly and I learned that day that kids can still drown in a life jacket if they don't know how to properly let it help them.
Thankfully it didn't phase him. I was afraid he would be scared of the water and not want to go back in. After just a minute or two on shore he was back in the water playing. Must be a little fish like his mama used to be.