"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." – Fred Rogers
We experienced a breakthrough with Bella this past weekend while in Hatteras with the family.
Let me start with a little background. Bella HATES the beach. Most water, for that matter. She's very iffy about the pool, even. She prefers to move at her own pace and doesn't like for anyone to hold her, touch her, or even come near her. She'll sit on the steps of the pool with her feet in the water, and that's about as far as it goes.
It's been nice (for me) at the beach because she won't even go near the water's edge. She plays in the sand just fine by herself and doesn't tend to wander. She will sit back and watch her brothers play in the water from a safe distance. I couldn't even get her to put her feet in the water (or if I even approached it holding her, she would flip out in hysterics). She was literally petrified.
We spent this past weekend at the beach in Hatteras (after she spent nearly the entire week there). On Saturday, as we were wrapping up, I watched her standing back evaluating Jackson intently as he ran up and down the water's edge, trying to dodge the water. Ever so slowly, she would creep closer and closer until finally...she stuck her foot in the water. Just as quickly, she pulled it out and ran back to safety. Then, she'd do it again, each time spending a little bit longer lingering in the water.
We all clapped and cheered her on, which really excited her. "Look, guys! I'm in the water!!" And within just a few minutes, she was all but diving headfirst into waves. It was the craziest thing ever! She was laying on her belly with the waves crashing toward her and laughing out loud. She wouldn't let me take her out any farther; of course she still wanted to be in complete control of the situation and had to tell you how far she would go.
The next day, we went back and we wondered if it would take her some time to warm back up. But nope. She asked as soon as our feet hit the sand, "Can I go in the water?" We told she had to wait while we sat everything up, and she did. As soon as we were finished, she asked again, "Now can I go?" She even let Pop Pop pull her around on the boogey board.
My name is Kaci. I am a working mom of 3. Wife to Josh. Mom to Jackson, Cameron & Isabella. My life is dinner, homework, baseball, basketball, grocery lists, laundry, wine, video games, and bath time. I started this blog because I am passionate about photography and journaling, and because I wanted a place to write it all down, to rememeber little details so easily forgotten in the mad rush that is the life of a family of 5. Through my photos and words, I endeavor to capture our story.