Embrace the Camera

Emily’s blog is up and running again, which means she’s back to embracing the camera. Hopefully she is feeling much, much better these days. Or, at the very least, feeling human again. Sometimes making beautiful babies is hard work, you guys!

There is a tiny little community center in our neighborhood. It was built in the early 1960’s and had been increasingly neglected over the past 10-20 years. Luckily, it seems that recently the neighborhood has had a renewed interest, and the community center has been undergoing some sort of beautification process. The center includes a swimming pool, tennis courts, and a picnic area, and it is located right next to a boat dock and park. Oh, and it overlooks the St. John’s river. It could be quite beautiful, and I’m so glad that the neighborhood is putting for the effort to make it that way.

I recently had an old friend move into a house a couple of streets over. She told me that she and her husband and their baby had been going to the pool every other night. It’s open from 7-8pm for free swim. I’m sure it’s also open during the day, but since we work, the 7-8 time frame is perfect for wearing our little ones out right before bedtime! Haeden has spent a lot of time in the pool the past few weeks, and he really seems to be enjoying the water. He is a little apprehensive at times, but I’m sure that by the end of the season he will be completely comfortable. We’re already working on teaching him how to swim, something I think is very important – especially living in the state of Florida.

The only problem is that Haeden doesn’t want to wear his bathing suit. Last night, he kept telling me to take it off. This is new. He’s never been the kind of kid who takes of his diaper or runs around the house nude. He actually prefers to pick out his clothes, and shoes… and hats. He’s becoming quite opinionated on the subject, really. I know where the blame lies though… my mom. Or, my grandma, “Oma.” Apparently, he spent some nekkie baby time in the pool at grandma’s house this weekend. Now he knows the joys of skinny dipping and isn’t interested in wearing his swim diaper/trunks anymore.

Thanks, Mom!

On the way to the pool… I suck at taking pictures of myself with the phone. Usually I cut people’s heads off in the process… Case in point:

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