July 31, 2009
Bath Time!

I think I've mentioned before that we don't usually bathe Elizabeth.  Cousin Maria kindly lent us her baby bathtub when she was still hanging out in her mom's tummy, but Elizabeth objected so loudly to bathtime that we actually only used it once before resorting to the Internet for ideas.


In the end, I decided to bring her into the shower with me, which magically stopped the screaming until time to get out of the tub.  Try increasing the temperature of the bathroom, one site advised.  Develop a "getting out of the tub routine" said another. Feed her immediately.  Try running a hair dryer on low heat.  We did all of the above, but the hair dryer was one of the more effective.  Switching towels also seemed to help - many baby towels are rather thin and actually a bit rougher than the lush towels we received as wedding gifts.  The most effective solution by far was time though, and by the end of June we were able to discontinue the use of the hair dryer.


So this is why Elizabeth has had less than half a dozen opportunities to splash around in the tub.  Yesterday was bath number five and it was notable since she seemed to enjoy it for the first time.  The only problem?  She wants to drink the bath water.  If you aren't paying attention, she'll lean waaay forward. Lap, lap, lap goes the tongue.  Cough, splutter, splash! As she tries to drink it all at once.  BIG smile.  I guess I should have expected it since she tends to slurp the water droplets off my shoulder in the shower...

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