I have four fish disguised as children.
They love all water, ocean, pool, puddles ... anything water related. We even had a water slide birthday party. Water is our favorite thing to play with. All four have jumped waves, body boarded and even surfed. Their pool tricks have no limits. Jumping is too simple of a water activity. We need spinning, cannonballing and flipping. The more it scares me, the more they love it.
The amount of time my children can spend on water-related fun is almost incomprehensible. They will be purple-lipped, prune-fingered and covered in goose bumps, and will still ask to stay for another hour. I have driven on home on more than one occasion, with all four crying because I was making them leave, even though we had been at the beach for over six hours. That same day they cried all the way to the beach because they wanted to go to the pool instead.
According to my children, I cannot purchase enough water toys, or bring enough with us.
The only exception to this water affair, is Chandler and the tub.
She loves to take a bath, and she loves bath toys. She has even taken a bath with a dog named Fergie. Her love of tub time is deep and real. She will spend countless hours in the bath, up to her chin in bubbles, bossing all of her rubber ducks around.
But, the moment you come near her to wash her hair, well, let’s just say ear plugs are recommended. The scream that comes from that tiny little body is not reasonable. It makes nails on a chalkboard sound like butterflies dancing on rainbows.
I have absolutely no idea why she hates it. I have asked her, and she gives no explanation except to say “I don’t like it.” We’ve gone shopping to let her pick out her own shampoo, which she loves to do, but then she won’t let us use it! We can’t let her go without washing her hair. I mean, good grief, she hardly has any hair as it is, it needs to be clean!
All I know is, I wish eardrums could regenerate like the liver, because then, this would not be an issue. As of now, I am very concerned about hearing loss, and I don’t think I should have to chose between hearing and my child’s clean hair. But hey, that’s just me ...
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