One of the days last week I was still feeling under the weather, but it was a rare sunny day sandwiched between rainy days and I wanted to get Jude out of the house. So we went on a little stroll with Wickett to the nearby park.
Luckily for us, the stars aligned and it was warm and sunny that morning but the recent rain had left giant puddles in the ball field at the park. Jude wouldn’t stop saying “Agua!” which is the Spanish word for water, and I didn’t have the heart to say no. So we just went for it- I had no towels, no swimsuit, so change of clothes or even extra diaper. I didn’t even have wipes, just Boogie wipes. I was very unprepared.
He ran right up to the puddles…
Stuck his little feet in, pointed to the puddle and double checked he was allowed to get in.
He was so happy I told him it was fine to play and run in the water. He warmed up to the idea pretty quickly and just went for it. All in. And then came the sweet question, “Mama?”
So I took my shoes off and went running around right alongside my little man and my pup.
After a full 30 minutes playing and running, I was exhausted and even though he would never admit it, Jude was ready for a snack and a rest. So I stripped him down to a diaper and wiped him off best I could with my handy Boogie wipes.
The entire ride home he recounted the whole experience: “Jude, Jude. Agua. Momma. Momma agua. Wiki Wiki, agua.” It was totally worth getting muddy, soggy feet back into my socks and shoes just to hear him talk about our time in the puddles.
Once we got home my plan was to hose both the dog and Jude in the backyard, but once he laid eyes on the water table, he wanted to jump right in. What the heck? We were already having a crazy morning of anything goes, so into the water he went while I washed Wiki off.
AND GUYS. Did you notice?! This was on my 30 before 30 List! The last thing is to play in the rain or puddles with Jude, and boy did we do that.
One thing crossed off the list, 29 to go.