For his benefit I do make an effort to go out somewhere as often as I can force myself (being the kind of person who'd rather sit inside alone all day, every day) and yesterday it was more tempting than usual to stay in because it was POURING with rain but I HAD to get out and return some things to the library, collect a couple of parcels and post some things. I gritted my teeth, reminded myself that I'm a Northerner and thus used to, nay, fond of the rain (honest) and Baby J went in the pushchair with the raincover, the parcels filled the spare chair and Robles the toddler was wrapped in his big red waterproof suit, shoved on his pirate wellies and off we went.
Well, Peppa Pig has nothing on my boy when it comes to jumping in muddy puddles, that's for sure! Thanks to the preparation and waterproofing and the decision, pre exit, to Enjoy Our Day Out it actually turned out to be blooming good fun.
The toddler loves the rain - he loves it - he loved being allowed to run around, he loved jumping in the puddles, he loved standing on the bridge watching the rain splashing in the harbour and watching the boats coming in. He thought the umbrellas were funny to watch (Mummy never carries one, I haven't enough hands for that AND a pushchair!) and he adores his wellies and having his hood up.
The only difficulty of the trip came when, having filled the pushchair with much bigger parcels than I'd anticipated collecting, Robles decided that he'd had enough of running and splashing and needed to be carried home! That meant that the walk home consisted of me trying to balance him on my hip, balance a parcel on the top of the chair and push it one handed or trying to encourage him to walk when he was trying to sit on the kerb!
Toddlers - such fun!