I’ve been silent these past few weeks, mostly because I’m still learning to adjust to ‘normal’ and keeping occupied ever minute of every day of every week. And I can’t complain.
I have a confession to make, I have not been looking forward to summer. Not because of the dreadful heat, but because I was certain that Henry would not be able to go swimming. Last year, one of his surgeries required that the ureter be brought to the outside of his abdomen. This means that urine is released directly from his kidney, bypassing the bladder. You can imagine our concern over whether a beach or pool were a good idea. We discussed it with his doctor, and a few weeks ago we got the call – it’s safe for him to go swimming (with a few preparations). I did some mental somersaults and my little happy dance.
I started planning. My aim was to make the whole experience simple. This past year I have come to learn just how difficult it is to get out of the house with a toddler, on a normal day, just to go to the corner store to buy some milk. Throwing in a bunch of beach gear was already making me cringe. But I wanted to do it, we were both in need of some vitamin sea. I managed to pack everything in one big beach bag.
It’s days like this that I repeat to myself how lucky we are to live where we do. Big beach bag and toddler in tow and within 20 minutes, we left the house, parked the car and walked down to the bay.
Needless to say, as the clock ticked closer to 11am I was eager to start heading home, Henry had different plans. As he kicked and screamed while I announced to him that it was time to go, dragging him out of the water, I made promises of Kinder surprise egg mountains along with several repeated viewings of Despicable Me, yes, I’m that mom.
I quickly changed him and got him into some dry clothes. Picking up our towels was a whole new adventure and had to be done in stages; pick up one towel, dust it off then run across the beach to chase after toddler and repeat.
Now I’m happy summer is here, and I can’t wait to return to the sea again.