Tub Time

11 Aug

Photo by Larsz

Jenna LOVES bath time and would probably take a bath everyday if we’d let her. It hasn’t always been that way, so it’s fun to see her really getting into playing in the water. It’s also a nice bonus to not have her screaming bloody murder every time water drips in her eyes or into her ears. She tolerates hair-washing like a pro and even laughs when she splashes and it hits her in the face.

Her only “hang up” is the wrinkly fingers and toes that result from lengthy tub time. She looks at her fingers and with much drama and distress says, “Uh-oh, Mommy! Get it off! Get it OFF!” I explain (EVERY time) that this is just what happens to your skin in the water and that it will go away in a little bit when they’re all dry. She won’t hear any of that kind of logic. She becomes more frantic and insists, “Dry it off NOW! Dry it off NOW!” and sobs that she can’t play with toys because her fingers are “winkly.” Sigh.

Thankfully, bath time is usually right before bed, or sometimes right before nap. That makes it a bit easier to console her by explaining that when she wakes up they’ll be all back to normal. It still takes her a while to settle down though. I think she might have some sensory/texture “issues” because she also hates touching sand, sawdust and other gritty things, and is hesitant to put her hands in squishy, gooey things. She also HATES having bare feet outside. I try to find things for her to do that coax her out of her comfort zone a little bit. We bought a container of “slime” that she just recently became more interested in playing with. Before, she loved watching US play with it, but she would only hesitantly give it what I call the “pointer finger poke.” It’s fun to watch her consciously deciding to be brave, conquering her fears, and accomplishing something she’s proud of.

I know that someday her wrinkly-finger-paranoia will be a distant thing of the past. Some things just take longer to work through than others.


Posted by on August 11, 2008 in Jenna


5 responses to “Tub Time

  1. Heather

    August 11, 2008 at 1:04 am

    I love that last line, “some things just take longer to wrok through than others.” It’s so good that you don’t get all worried about it, knowing “this too shall pass.” Such an important part of mothering πŸ™‚

  2. Trish @ Another Piece of the Puzzle

    August 11, 2008 at 1:48 am

    My son never really liked a lot of different textures, especially ones that are messy. He eventually agreed to do things like finger painting as long as he knew he could wash it off the second he was done!

  3. psychmamma

    August 11, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Heather –

    I seem to be a natural worrier, so it’s often hard for me to let stuff go. Sometimes I just have to remind myself to let it go and/or give it time. I think that’s one of the tough things about motherhood – – figuring out what to leave alone and let nature take its course, and what needs addressed with attention.

    Trish –

    The neat-freak in me is not so sad that Jenna doesn’t like messy, dirty stuff. Makes life a little easier/less messy for me!

  4. Insta-mom

    August 11, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I am loving that picture. MiniMe goes into major panic mode if there are any toys in the tub when I empty the water.

  5. Amy

    August 12, 2008 at 2:22 am

    Cute picture!! My daughter hates to be wrinkly too. She has a lot of little hang-ups like that. She doesn’t like to be dirty or messy so you can imagine how much fun a day at the beach was for us πŸ™‚ She cried for almost two hours before she actually enjoyed herself- wrinkles & dirty sand sent her over the edge. Someday we will laugh about this πŸ™‚


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