At that point in the girls’ lives, they rarely left the confines of our bedroom…much less made it downstairs…MUCH LESS to the front porch! NO WAY was I exposing their little lungs to cold air!!!
Last winter, when the girls were a year old, we again had several snowfalls. By then I wanted to bundle the girls and at least take them for a little walk (us holding them, as they didn’t have their first pair of shoes until the following spring!), but Hubby wasn’t having anything of it. He was still extremely cautious of their lungs…and getting them cold…and what if we stumbled…and the snow was bright and might hurt their eyes…and...and...and...
One day, as there was still snow on the ground but the temperatures were in the 40’s, I finally insisted we at least get the girls’ pictures made outside to a backdrop of white. Hubby wasn’t thrilled with the prospect, but he finally relented.
We ran the girls outside, one at a time, for a quick photo op. When I bent down to let one of them touch the snow, I thought Hubby was going to drop the camera and charge, to swoop in and rescue her before she surely got frostbite. The crisis was narrowly averted, though, and I finally got the girls’ first snow pictures.
We’ve had – relative to this part of the world – a lot of snowfall to date this year. We finally agreed to let the girls out to play it in…albeit in a very guarded way…this week.
Daddy cleared the drive on Thursday morning. We were able to let the girls stand on the concrete – mostly keeping their feet out of the snow – and play in the snow on the grass.
Being the southerner I am, I grabbed the girls’ sand buckets and shovels to play…it actually worked like a charm! They had a BLAST shoveling snow!!! And their little hands stayed dry, too!
In fairness, whereas the girls didn’t have shoes this time last year, they are now the proud owners of some woolly suede boots…but they don’t have waterproof mittens, nor do they have snowsuits.
I’m planning to make the investment in actual snowsuits and gloves next year so that we can continue to make progress towards playing in the snow. I figure at this rate, we’ll SO be building a snowman by the time the girls are five!!!