A Fish out of Water

Hula Girl went swimming for the first time ever today. I mean, outside of the 6 inches of water in her baby pool. It was sooooo much fun!

I have been having a lot of trouble figuring out where to take her this summer. The weather is unreasonably warm (over 100 every day for over a month now) and we’ve had like, no rain. Not even any clouds. So, it’s been kind of a hit or miss thing when we go do stuff, and since there’s not really anything to do around here except go to the park, we have been hotter this summer than I ever hope to be again. If we go early enough in the morning, it’s only 85 or so, so that’s when we’ve been going.

Another issue we’ve been facing this week is that we’ve run out of our California Baby sunscreen. I can’t find it anywhere here in our tiny little town. So, I bought this Burt’s Bees Sunscreen to try it out while we’re waiting for our Vanicream Sunscreen to arrive. Well, I didn’t read any reviews before we tried it out on our poor little Punkin’. The first time I put it on her, I put her in her pool, and a white cloud came floating off her into the water. I re-read the back of the tube, and discovered that the appropriate way to wash the sunscreen off is to “rinse with cool water.” Um, really? That is definitely not going to work if we ever go swimming outdoors. So, the next time we tried it, we took her to the park at 9:oo in the morning. She played around in the grass and shade, and then on the swing for about 15 minutes. She ended up with a SUNBURN. My baby got a sunburn?!?!?! I am calling the company to see if I can get my money back. I was livid.

All this leads to the pool visit today. I discovered that the hotel down the road from us has an indoor pool and they charge $5 for an adult to use their pool before 5:00 p.m. I scrounged around and found $5 (mostly quarters!) and took Hula Girl down there. *She had a blast!*

As soon as she saw the pool, she started pointing at it and saying, “Wa! Wa! Wa!” Then when we got in the water, I told her to kick, and she kicked her little legs like a frog! She then proceeded to put her face down in the water over and over and had such a great time! I loved helping her bob up and down. I tried putting her up on the edge of the pool. Nope, she did NOT want that. She JUMPED down into the water. Fortunately I had my hand on her the whole time! Then she waved and said hi to all the other people in the water (surprisingly, lots of people were there)! What a cutie!

On a related note, Hula Girl has been receiving so many compliments lately. Everyone says her eyes are beautiful (Daddy’s lashes and Mommy’s color! winning combo!) and that she’s so cute. She smiles all coyly, and giggles when they get down to her level. Then, when we leave, she waves and days, “Bah! Bah!” They melt. Every time.


  1. Carol said,

    July 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    They melt every time? As well they should!

  2. Carol said,

    July 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Want me to get you some of your other sunscreen? I just saw it today at Target. Along with Vanicream stuff! Well stocked, I might add.

  3. July 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    And if they didn’t melt, you know I’d make sure they paid better attention! 😉

    I might ask you to do that- it’s very expensive on Amazon. We’ll see how the Vanicream sunscreen works out when it arrives. If it’s not good enough, you might need to shop for us! 🙂 Thanks!

  4. Kirbi said,

    July 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm


    Kensi loooooves the pool too and does the same thing!! Loves to dry and drink the pool and swim over to the big kids kicking her little legs in her floatie! haha

    We use the Badger sunscreen right now I found at whole foods without much research but I saw some milder ones today. If you ever want me to mail you something let me know! Whole Foods is the best bet for this…I am surprised Amazon was expensive as usually they are the cheapest with free two day shipping!


  5. Kristy said,

    July 21, 2011 at 11:20 am

    What an adorable little mermaid you’ve got there! About the sunscreen, don’t ever bother with Nature’s Gate Mineral Kidsblock. I just recently bought that and it is fragrance-free with “no harsh sunscreens,” but then again it comes right off in water. My children have not gotten sunburned and they’ve worn it once or twice, but it is alarming to see it come off in the pool. Luckily we still have our California Baby sunblock stick as well.

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