I don’t normally post about Evan’s “firsts” like this, but, well, this first is memorable. It’s not necessarily memorable in a good way, but if he is traumatized when he gets older… we know why.
It started out innocently enough. We made an impromptu visit to my dad’s place on Sunday. A few of my cousins were down for Spring Break (oh, college kids – they’re so cute) and did I mention that my dad lives at the beach? A beach that is rarely inhabited?
Yeah, it doesn’t suck.
In any case, we’ve visited my dad plenty since E was born – but we had yet to take him down to the beach/into the ocean and figured this would be as good a time as any.
First we introduced him to sand.
Surprisingly, he didn’t eat it. Or even attempt to eat it. He was just happy about touching it.
Then, our grand idea was to gradually introduce him to waves. We wanted to sit him at the foot of the ocean and let a wave gently roll over him. Except the first wave didn’t make it to him.
So we decided to move him up.
You know where this is going, right?
Yeah. A huge wave came out of nowhere and basically bowled him over.
Geez. Save some for the fish, dude.
I somehow managed to snap this picture WHILE I was screaming. Like seriously screaming at the top of my lungs. Thankfully, Dan was right behind him and scooped him up as fast as possible (the rip tide is FIERCE – we don’t play around here).
My littlest guy was not impressed, obviously – although he calmed down after I wrapped him up.
Pretty sure he was thinking…W.T.F.
We later tried to dip his feet in the ocean, but surprisingly, he was NOT having it.
It actually took a lot of effort to get him into the pool, and then later, the bath.
Thankfully, everyone else managed to have fun and it was the perfect beach day.
As you can imagine, the mom guilt level is high. I’m all for letting my kids learn through experiences, but this was definitely not the “first wave” experience I was imagining. At the same time, how can you NOT laugh at this? I mean… that picture. It’s priceless.
Thankfully, E has bounced back quickly.
We’re back in the bathing business (good thing since it’s his 2nd favorite activity of the day — after eating) and we’ll try the beach again. Someday.