Charlie discovered splashing tonight! At first I thought he had slapped the water by accident. The surprised look on his face sure made it seem that way. Then when he kicked his legs I thought he must be getting upset. Tub time wasn't always his favorite thing. But no, the look on his face wasn't one of frustration or irritation - it was of wonder.
Suddenly he was wailing his arms and legs in and out of the water, splashing it all over the place. I kept waiting for a giggle or a shriek, or even just a grin to tell me he was having fun, but none ever came. He just kept his eyes wide and his mouth dropped open, seemingly in awe of his new trick.
I let him splash for a while, laughing with Scott as Charlie got water everywhere, before scooping him up into his little hooded towel.
While Charlie has developed a taste for tubby time, he certainly is NOT a fan of post tubby time. Apparently he likes being wet, but hates being damp. I thought maybe it was his wet hair that was setting him off, so I tried putting a hat on him.
As you can see, that plan went over really well.
According to The Wonder Weeks, Ol' Chuck is coming up on a major developmental leap, which may account for his recent wacko behavior. Over the past few days his napping is all over the place, his nursing is treacherous (for me at least - chomp chomp) and his mood is... mercurial.
It's kind of fascinating how these rocky times are freckled with moments like today's bath. If I look carefully I can see him changing; working things out in a new way, moving his body with more precision, and of course, getting BIGGER.
His eyes have also blossomed suddenly, allowing him to see things from all the way across the room. We often find him staring off or reaching out for things; a plate on the wall, Grandma's iPad, a pan full of cookies, the crack between the bedroom curtains, his own feet. Story time is a hit now too. Charlie loves looking at the pictures while his Grandma makes funny voices.
All of this is happening just a week away from his hitting three months. People tell you how "they grow up so fast" but geez. This feels REALLY fast.