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.