Mini Milestone: Park Equipment

I had an entirely different post planned for today, but I just need to talk about our epic trip to the park this morning. Let me set the stage. Last night, it rained, poured in fact. Which, in Southern California, makes everyone lose their minds. I decided to just try the park at the end of the street this morning. It had been sunny for a few hours, but was only about 9:30 in the morning. I briefly thought about grabbing a towel for the swings, but didn’t bother. So, we get outside. The sidewalk is a little damp, the grass is wet, but we head off to the park. I was still thinking the park wouldn’t be too bad, what is a little damp sand?

And then we got to the park. The sand wasn’t damp, it was wet – dark sand at the water’s edge wet. But we were there and he was already running for the swing (hing! hing!) and the slide (chide). I wiped some sand out of the swing and he swung for a bit. And then the chide, chide, chide chant began. So, I scooped him out and he toddled over. He is just learning to climb the equipment so I gave him a little boost and down he went. And I learned a few lessons – slides have puddles on them at the bottom after it rains and wet slides are much faster. Did I mention his penchant for going down slides head first? Luckily, I was able to scoot around the side and slow him down a bit at the bottom, he still got soaked, but didn’t shoot off the end of the slide. Yet.

In the last few days, he’s been making some huge strides with climbing on the playground equipment. I’ve been trying to hover less and there has been a good mix of 2 year olds he could watch climbing up and on the equipment. And he was getting braver. He let go of my hand and ran across the bridge. And then on Monday, he did it. He climbed to the top of the tallest slide on his own. I was a little worried about him not recognizing the edge and tumbling off, so I concentrated a little more the climbing part than the sliding park. Up he went and he crawled to the edge of the slide faster than I could get to the bottom of the slide. And down he went. Head first, of course. The slide was very wet, of course. And Spencer slid down the wet slide, to the wet bottom and went right off of the end into a pile of very wet sand. Did  mention that this was the tall big kid slide?

Spencer is a trooper though. He popped right up and blinked a few times. His face was completely covered in about a half inch of sand. I wiped his eyes, mouth and nose clean with my sweater. Reached my finger in his mouth and pulled out about a quarter cup of sand. Brushed the rest of him off and he looked at me, pointed to the top of the slide and yelled, “chide, more, chide!!” And up he went again. And down he went, but this time on his butt. He moved over to the twisty slide and figured out how to climb to the top of that too. And then he went down head first. Of course.

Making his way to the twisty slide. (I'm standing taking the picture, so he is a good 6 ft off the ground.)

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2 Responses to “Mini Milestone: Park Equipment”

  1. the grumbles says:

    that’s awesome!!! the jude hasn’t yet caught on that you can actually CLIMB up those things. i look forward to it, but it’s also nice that he doesn’t climb anything right now so i’m not complaining too loud…

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  2. TMae says:

    None of the parks here have sand. They all have mulch, so when it rains they’re muddy, and mulch-stinky. I miss sand. No slivers.

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