Five Intimate Minutes With My Water Babies

They are my water babies.

On days where nothing is going right, when they are irritable and fretful and so are we, this is our retreat.  It’s a prescription that’s guaranteed to work: a tub full of warm water and sloshings of baby bubble bath, plenty of splashing.  Nobody comes out until everybody is laughing.

There is something so delicious about them in the bath.  Perhaps it’s the vulnerability that appeals to my ‘mama senses’, the slipperiness of their little bodies and the way that they cling.  Perhaps it’s just the act of holding them so tightly, skin to skin and heart to heart.  Perhaps it’s the smell, that baby-shampoo scent that takes me back to my own childhood.

The softness of them, all curved thighs and wrinkled bellies and dimpled bums.  How readily they trust.  How easily they allow us to submerge them under the water until only their little faces peer out, smiling.  The sound of their laughter, high-pitched as bells.

These are the moments that I want to remember.  These are the memories that I want to bottle and carry with me into old age.

Share:

8 Comments

  1. April 4, 2015 / 11:23 pm

    I think babies in water is just such a pure thing. So simple, so real. Beautiful photos x

  2. April 4, 2015 / 11:24 pm

    These photos are so beautiful. Finn has only been in the bath with me and I do love everything about it. I can’t believe how much your two have grown! x

  3. C
    April 5, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is such a beautiful post.
    Your family is enviable and the way you write is majestic.

    I hope that i can one day enjoy the happiness of bath time and babies with my own family.

  4. April 6, 2015 / 8:05 am

    i desperately wish my children enjoyed bathtimes. Our pictures and experiences are the absolute complete opposite to these.

  5. April 6, 2015 / 10:32 pm

    Oh Amber these photos are absolutely stunningly beautiful- they took my breath away. x

  6. Hannah | MakeDo&Push
    October 15, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    I have never had a bath with either of my babies, but I may have to try it! It looks fun!

    Thought I’d pop over and see the 6 month photos compared to the year 🙂 They’re so gorgeous! xxx ps I know I keep saying that, but they really are xx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *