Learning to Splash

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These past couple of days it has rained. Rain is great for staying indoors, cuddling up watching movies and eating bowls of soup. Our little adventurous farm girl has other ideas when it comes to rain – puddles. This past week Isla has discovered the art of splashing.

On Monday at our local outdoor gym, Isla watched one of the other ladies pour out some water into a bowl for her dog. It was a killer hot day. Before the little pooch could get over for a drink, Isla had crawled over and splashed all the water out of the bowl. With great force her hands were pushing out the water and her little face was just priceless. She was so happy and content.

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Yesterday Roy and I took Isla for a stroll down the driveway as she is practicing her walking as she loves being on two feet. Half way down the drive the water was running across and Isla thought it was time to stop and sit down. Well actually it was time to get splashing.

I am sure many of us have eaten our fair share of dirt in our time however I know a few mums out there are going to be horrified of the photos of Isla. I am a firm believer in building the immune system, I let her go wild in the puddles for a bit, then it is time to wash off and rug up again. Small doses of play and exploration in the puddles give Isla a sense of joy. The only downside is that I can not let her play in puddles all day.

At 9 months my little explorer has started to figure out things like outside is great, chickens are fantastic for chasing, puddles are for splashing, books are for tearing apart and food is fun to play with. So much fun stuff.

I forgot to mention that we recorded 53mm on Thursday and another 84mm on Friday. The ground is super soggy and my plans for major gardening have been delayed. I just have a big rotting mess, overgrown with weeds to deal with at another time. Yay, yes that is a sarcastic one.

Did you get some rain?

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3 Comments

  1. What wonderful photos and wonderful memories and totally what kids should be doing. Look how happy she is and all you have to do is wash her clothes and give her a bath. This is what parenting is all about and I say go for it. I just posted photos of Sienna who is 8 going on 9 in 4 weeks time and she is doing the same ting and loving it. She vp couldn’t be happier and in fact before her shower last night she asked me is she could go outside and splash in the puddles before her shower and I said just pipit your togs on and go for it. Big smiles and you just have to let kids be kids. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

  2. We should all go out and play in a puddle.

    We did get quite a bit of rain down here but it rolled off into the canal – no puddles. 🙁

  3. Thanks for giving me a smile, how beautiful!

    I was rather worried about germs with my first baby until he managed to share his bottle with the dog before I could reach him to intervene. It was a great lesson – don’t have a dog! Just kidding, I stopped worrying so much which was great, especially for my boys.