play time - bath time

Matilda is at such a curious age right now, and I am trying my hardest not to extinguish all of her exploring opportunities. It must be hard for people to understand the unique measures required to keep Matilda healthy. For example, we only let her explore on the floor in one room in our house. She has never been on the kitchen floor, or any bedroom floor, and certainly not in the bathroom. She is only allowed in our dining room right after it has been cleaned and usually just for pictures. The house we are renting is old, the floors are not sealed well, and we just don't trust that it is safe. It can be very frustrating at times, but totally necessary.

But when we are outside, Parker wants to play with Matilda so badly. He doesn't understand why she can't be put on the grass, in a pile of leaves, or on the sidewalk. And I could be honest and tell him that wild animals pee and spread germs on the ground. Germs that might not bother him but could make Matilda really sick. But I don't want to make him worry or stop playing so freely.

So my new solution is to let them play. And when they are finished into the tub they go. It is the best of both worlds, as long as Matilda keeps everything out of her mouth.

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