Water Baby

For my birthday last year, Leigh bought me an awesome baby-proof camera: it’s shockproof, waterproof, and takes pretty fab photos to boot. It really came into its own during our week in Cyprus, letting me capture Arthur’s love of being in the water.

He’s been a bit of a water baby since we first took him swimming when he was six weeks old. He loved to go underwater then, and loved it just as much in the pool at Paphos.


When we took him in the baby pool he kept trying to dunk himself! I was proud of the confidence he was showing, though it did obviously mean we had to keep a very close eye…

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He enjoyed just paddling around in the shallow water too – it was great to be in a pool that was shallow enough for him to walk around in, and he really relished the freedom it gave him.


We also discovered a new game, where he clung on and rode on my back. I think we need a bit more practice before I’d be confident he wouldn’t dunk himself inadvertently (or in fact just dive off my back on purpose), but we had great fun anyway!


Despite having lots of fun playing in the pool, he wasn’t so convinced by the water in the sea. He did plenty of sea-swimming last summer, and when we went to the beach was desperate to paddle, wiggling his toes in the sand and letting the waves wash over them.


However when we ventured a little deeper he really wasn’t so sure. I guess the water was maybe a bit cold, but it was definitely warmer than the sea in Cornwall last year!


Since we’ve been home he’s been pointing at the Brixham sea and saying ‘Bader! Bader! Bader!’ (his preferred word for water, though he has pronounced it more accurately a couple of times). He’s obviously forgotten how cold it is already – I can’t wait till the air heats up a little bit so I can take him for a dip!

11 thoughts on “Water Baby

  1. thenthefunbegan

    Looks like a lot of fun! Underwater pictures are fab – I’m sure people like WaterBabies charge an arm and a leg for them so being able to take them yourself is great. #whatsthestory

    1. sophieblovett Post author

      I reckon the camera cost less than Water Babies charge for just one digital shot! The pics it takes might not be quite as good quality, but they still capture the moment which is what it’s all about really.

  2. Charly Dove

    Oh my word that first photo is just amazing! I love all the others too, sounds like he had the best time there. Such a lovely post, has just made me smile a lot! Thank you so much for sharing #whatsthestory

    1. sophieblovett Post author

      Thank you 🙂 I love your linky – it’s great to have an outlet for some of the billions of photos I take and to see what everyone else has been up to too!

  3. Jenny

    I need that camera! That’s amazing. Buba and Missy Moo both love the water and their swimming lessons so much. I have been taking them both since they were six weeks old. It’s great to know they love it so much while on holiday. I love that he rides on you while you swim. Thats so awesome!!!! I should try that. Like you said I might be a little nervous they would jump off. hahaha Great post glad you had so much fun on your much deserves holiday. Thanks so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

    1. sophieblovett Post author

      It’s a Canon Powershot D20 – a very worthwhile investment! Good to hear your two enjoy the water so much too. I keep meaning to take Arthur to actual swimming lessons but for now we’re just riding along on his enthusiasm!

  4. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    That first photo is wonderful! I can’t wait till it’s warm enough for us to swim outside again, one of the highlights of last summer 🙂 Glad you had such a great time x #ShareWithMe

    1. sophieblovett Post author

      There is something so invigorating about swimming outdoors – indoor pools just don’t come close for me! Our local lido opens in a couple of weeks which is very exciting… Roll on summer! x

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