Another first: Elijah's first day at the beach, 12th January.
We went on a bit of a road trip up to the Sunshine Coast to meet up with a friend and test out Elijah's new swimming gear!
Elijah had no idea who the Ninja Turtles were, but he was happy to be wearing a green shirt (rash vest) and togs.
He was a bit suspicious about walking on the sand, but got used to it quickly. Note Elijah's sandles sitting inside my sandles!
My friend Puss was keen to teach Elijah how to make sandcastles.
Then it was time to go in the water. I wasn't sure how Elijah would fare in the water considering he'd only just started being comfortable in the big bath. At first he was very wary and didn't like the feeling of sinking into the sand, but once he sat down in the shallow water, he had a grand time! You can't really tell from the photos, but this particular beach has a very sudden and steep drop. Just behind where Daddy is, the water is much deeper. The child in the background (wearing the hat) is standing. This will give you some indication of the nature of the beach.
If you look closely, you can see the droplets of water from Elijah splashing!
Puss and Daddy got splashed a lot! This photo shows more clearly how deep the water is. Note the bobbing heads in the background. We, of course, watched Elijah like hawks the entire time.
Then it was time to experience the beach showers! Fascinating stuff for the boy who has spent his whole life in a landlocked state.
Now that we have moved to a coastal city, I hope that Elijah will get to visit the beach a bit more often, at least to get some more wear out of his swimming gear!
The postscript to this day is that even though we took plenty of precautions for sun protection - Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap - Elijah ended up with badly burnt arms. Because of his Ginger Ninja complexion, he's going to need long-sleeved rash vests for these occasions.