May 30, 2004

Water Bugs

Who knew Alex was such a water bug? We knew he enjoyed his baths, but the beach is a whole 'nother level of fun! We unexpectedly spent yesterday with Granny Hurdle, Aunt Ann, and Cousin Janie (all related by choice, if not by blood) in Annapolis, and had a marvelous time. The weather was perfect, the beach was gentle, and Alex and Janie (who's almost two) were total water bugs. I put Alex down on the beach and he immediately crawled directly into the water and refused to leave. He splashed and played and had a grand time on the sand, too. He used this opportunity and the added bouancy of the water and the slope of the beach to perfect standing on his own (as opposed to pulling up on nearby objects), a skill which seems to have stuck on dry land. He loved using the rake and the shovel, and piling sand in Janie's wagon. He started out in a bathing suit, T-shirt and sun hat, but quickly ended up stripped down just to a swim diaper. Thank god Waterbabies sunscreen, SPF 50, really works! We slathered him several times, and he did not get any sun at all (Mommy and Daddy, however, forgot to do each other's backs, with disasterous results).

After the beach, the babies took a quick bath together to de-sand and had a little sing along at the piano (luckily, Twinkle, Twinkle and the Alphabet Song are the same tune!). Alex then proceeded to sleep on the way home, from around 6:30 p.m. til morning (with a few brief wakings to nurse, but still!). He was plum worn out by all that fresh air.

Mommy forgot her camera, but Granny Hurdle took TONS of pix. We'll post some here when she does!

Posted by Dineen at May 30, 2004 06:38 PM
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