We put a lot of water in Grace’s bath. Her skin condition makes her skin uber dry, so we usually fill the tub up to her nipples. As she plays and splashes around, she gets pretty wet. Most of the time, Joe and I manage to stay pretty dry.
Grace has a new bathtime game. She likes to pull the plug out of the tub drain. I didn’t think she should be strong enough to lift the plug under 8 inches of water, but she is. And she does. She likes to put her hand over the drain to feel the water sucking down. A few days ago, she set the plug down next to the drain. It was clear from the look on her face that next to the drain was not the desired result. She puzzled over it for a few minutes before setting the plug down in the drain, stopping the water flow. This led to gleeful clapping and bobbing up and down in the tub, followed by seventeen (or so) rounds of out of the drain, into the drain, out of the drain, into the drain.
Tonight, the plug flipped over in her hand, and Grace was puzzled. Soon, though, she realized that it would stop the water whether it was upside down or right side up. I’ve often thought people were pulling my leg when they told me that she’s smart, but I feel like I’ve seen it now with my own eyes. I can see the gears turning when she’s mulling over that plug. What a satisfying feeling that is for a parent.
And so it goes. Our game every night – fill up the tub, play in the water, pull the plug, play in the water, replace the plug, play in the water, and so on. There’s never a dull moment around here.
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