There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. So the Swedish saying goes.
The Swedes are right, I think. Some of the most fun Aeryn and I have is when it’s wet and cold as we’re both so prone to sunburn!
So really, the British weather is a wonderful thing. Summer rain is fantastic, cooling the hazy heat that builds in the tarmac and concrete. It’s such a welcome relief after a hot spell that it doesn’t even matter what we do outside, so long as we’re out in it!
We finally got around to buying wellies about a month ago. I wanted to wait until Aeryn was really steady on her feet because the soles can’t flex like regular shoes, but actually she proved to us she needed them by insisting on jumping in every puddle we walked past for about a week!
We opted for a cute yellow pair from JoJo Mama Bebe. They don’t have a pronounced heel and the sole is quite flexible but still has good grip so they’re great for little feet in the mud!
Our regular shoes are barefoot shoes, which have thin soles and as much free movement for the foot as you can get in shoes, mimicking bare feet (which is better for foot health). These boots are definitely the most barefoot friendly wellies we could find, and they were only £16, a fraction of the cost of Aeryn’s normal shoes. Aeryn also completely loves them, which is a plus!
She spends a lot of time in her boots. Most trips out she insists on wearing her boots, even just to the shops or library.
It’s made such a difference to our our door play to know she is safe and warm but still free to explore. I can’t imagine how we managed so long without them when she’s such an outdoorsy kid.
But then again, I can’t imagine I have a child old enough to warrant wellies! Where is the time going? How is she so big now?
I feel like if I blink she’ll be buying wellies to go to Glastonbury festival or backpacking through Mongolia or something. Some days I look and she seems a foot taller and twice as smart as the day before.
But then she tugs my sleeve and I have to snap back to reality and jump in some more puddles.