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Over our fence lies the park, and past that the pool. It’s hard to know that Wonder Boy can hear his friends swimming when he’s stuck home, when I’m trying to do dishes or clean, or anything else.
So I make sure they have a little fun with water, be it a leftover bowl from a salad spinner that cracked, or filling up the water table and letting them splash all of the water out.
Since I’m getting more and more busy, I’m making sure there’s a good diversion for when I’m working, be it watercolors, a schoolish workbook, or homemade play dough, one of the things on my list to do tomorrow.
And making sure they have a cool time outside when I am at home and making sure they play with all of their toys, not just try to talk me into cartoons.
It helps that in the summer I have a shirt-optional rule, meaning that if we’re home, all I require is shorts to hang around and play. It also means Lil’ Wonder is in a diaper only all day- way easier on the laundry pile!
Lil’ Wonder hated his little swimming pool I got a hold of for him, refusing to sit or stand in it after I filled it up. Until this weekend, when I figured out just a little water would make him happy to crouch besides it or maybe, just maybe in it and splash away.
Of course, this is the same kid who cries at bathtime but loves to get soaked and stand on the stairs at the pool, repeatedly stepping off them and having to be saved the next second because he wants to be with the big kids and forgets he sinks like a rock (I’m always two feet away at most).
I just don’t get this kid some days.
Wonder Boy loves to wade through it and kick all the water up. I thought he playing in it would entice his little brother, and it did, but only when no one was wearing enough clothing for me to actually take pictures.
Wonder Boy is beginning to actually swim, which is really exciting, since this time last year he was crying whenever his head went under water. I’m hoping by the end of summer he is actually swimming! He’s been taking swim lessons at the YMCA for months, which helps his pool cravings swimming twice a week with a gaggle of other silly little boys and girls.
Note: the pool is from Backyard Ocean and it’s really nice. You can blow it up to make a soft bottom and the squares make it less slippery than what I used to play in as a kid. Wonder Boy likes to kick and splash in it. So- baby-intended, big brother approved I guess?