Monday, June 7, 2010

Water woman

Last weekend we strolled up to Tower Grove Park so Mary Clare could try out the fountain and pop jets for the first time. It was a holiday weekend and hotter than all get out, so the place was a zoo.

Mary Clare silently took in the scene. Buddy gazed longingly at the water. Chip and I stared nervously at the chaotic scene. And all the concrete.

I know, I know. We often needlessly worry. But still, there were a lot of bigger kids tearing around on a lot of unforgiving concrete. Oh, and the most water activity Mary Clare had seen recently was in the bath tub, which she just so happened to hate for a few weeks in May. So, first-time parent neuroses aside, I think we had reasonable cause for concern.

Of course, Mary Clare failed to pick up on our concern. Upon being released from her stroller, she charged the pop jets, sliced her little hands through the water, stomped the puddles and dodged the big kids like a pro. It wasn't long before she trotted over to the main fountain, and promptly stuck her little head under the avalanche of water. She emerged, rubbed the water out of her eyes and screamed. In delight.

My word, did she ever have fun. Running, stomping, squealing and getting completely soaked. We heard a lot of "Look at that baby!" and a few "If that little girl can stick her head in the water, so can you." Mary Clare was oblivious to it all, darting under the water and chasing down the shooting water jets before they went away. Occasionally she would turn around and make sure we were still nearby, but I'm pretty sure that's just because she wanted a ride home.

Click here for more shots of the water woman at work.


  1. Haha, cute! You have a water baby on your hands. :)

  2. Adorable pictures -- love seeing how happy the water makes Mary Clare. I had no idea Tower Grove has the fountains, too. We may have to check it out so we don't wear out our welcome at CityGarden.

  3. Oh My! Can Mary Clare get ANY cuter? LOVE the pictures and can't wait to see the little fish in action next week!!!


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