A friend suggested a splash pad play date and I was eager to go because sun and water do wonders to tire a body out and I was desperate for Natalie to have a nap (especially because I'm into a good book - I promise I'm not selfish, but like I said: nap time is sacred.) We got there at eleven and Natalie played for an entire hour without stopping - she LOVED it. She squealed and jabbered and checked out every water pole and made sure she was involved if the bigger kids were looking at something and mostly just ambled around all over the park, having the time of her life. She had no qualms about getting wet in that freezing water; in fact, I think she played in the actual water more than most of the other kids. She sort of skirted the perimeter at first but then walked right on in.
With her arms held up and her wide stance, I think she looks like a crab when she walks haha. It cracks me up every time, and it's even better in her cute swimsuit and sandals. (Is there anything cuter than a baby in a swimsuit? Love it.)
She surveyed the scene to make sure it was something she wanted to get involved in...
Decided that it was worth her time and energy to at least play with the mini fountain...
Then reevaluated the actual splash pad situation...
and decided that not only was it worth it, but the most exhilarating, curious, wonderful thing she's ever done!
You guys: she was in heaven. She practically frolicked through the fountains and sprays and loved every minute. She would venture out to follow other kids around and play with some of the equipment, but she was always drawn back to the water. I couldn't believe how fearless she was, and how long she wanted to play. I loved watching her - it's a great feeling when you see your children doing something that makes them really happy.
|after an hour of playing in the water! she's a prune like me|
|enjoying refreshment and dry clothes|
(But seriously, she is finally having a successful nap and you have to come drill outside her window right then?)
Anyway, send happy afternoon nap thoughts our way as we work on this nap transition...in the meantime, you can probably find us getting all tuckered out at the splash pad!