Surfer Baby

Mac loves the water.  He’s always loved his baths but now he’s discovered the ocean and thinks its pretty awesome.  He’d never been all the way in until yesterday–just dipped up to his chest before–but in Waikiki while Jake and Krysia surfed with Ty, Kathy, little Ty and Mac and I hung out on the beach.  Kathy read.  (I’m so jealous….haven’t read a book since I arrived in Hawaii!)  Ty played in the surf.  And Mac and I chilled.

And then we went swimming.

Mac wasn’t sure about the waves at first.  But after a bit he enjoyed Mom holding him,  jumping around with him and helping him float on his back.  A couple times he drank some sea water, but he’d just wrinkle his nose then ultimately smile.

Worried about so much sun exposure, we went back under our beach umbrella where I lathered him up with more sun screen and then we returned to the water again with a sun hat. 

Once more we played and he giggled and laughed, especially when his brother Ty swam over and dove in and under the water around us.  After awhile Mac stopped trying to yank off his sun hat.  But he hadn’t let go of it.  he was still holding tight to the brim.  I asked little Ty to look at Mac’s face and let me know what he was doing.

Ty bent down to look under the brim of Mac’s hat.  “His eyes are closed, Mom.”


Ty peeked again.  “They’re closed.”

“He’s asleep?”  I’m incredulous.  We’re neck deep in the ocean and waves are breaking all around us.


I start laughing and carry him out of the water and back to our chairs beneath the umbrella where he sleeps in my arms until his dad returns from surfing. 

I knew Mac was mellow and I knew he loved the water, but I had no idea just how mellow until now.

He’s definitely all Ty’s.  A true surf baby.

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!  May 2010 be the best yet.


  1. What an adorable post! I’m trying to picture it in my mind, but I’m certainly not doing justice to that amazing pic.

    Happy New Year to you and yours! Meeting you was certainly a bright spot of my 2009.

    Shannon in Tustin

  2. Very cute post! I am so glad you guys are having so much fun in the sun! Its cold and raining here today!

    Happy New Year to you and yours, have a wonderful New Year!

  3. Rocked to sleep in the surf in Mom’s arms – what a wonderful nap for Mac.
    Happy New Year and may we all feel so safe and content at least once a week! Got to read that surfer wisdom in Fw40 again.

  4. What a doll Mac is. Let’s hope he keeps up his mellow ways. Glad you had a wonderful day at the beach. Happy New Year to you!

  5. I love how babies can just crash wherever and whenever they are comfortable… loved the post!

    Happy New Year to you and yours and lots of health and happiness!

  6. Happy New Year to you and your family. I enjoyed the baby Mac story and his experience in the waves! I could picture it happening.

  7. Gorgeous post, Jane!
    My toddler’s first venture into water resulted in him falling asleep in my arms too, under his sun hat!
    Water is so relaxing, they love it 🙂

  8. Love it!!! I knew once he got used to living he would be an amazing baby.
    Happy New Year to you & your whole family! Best wishes for a fabulous 2010!

  9. How adorable!! What I can’t believe is that he will be a year old in 4 months. Stop growing little Ty. And Happy New Year to you and your family.

  10. nullthat’s so funny! I never heard of anyone esp. a baby falling asleep in the water like that! how hillarious! sounds like a really sweet day.

  11. You are gorgeous, kind, and a brilliant writer. I started with Frog Prince and have since gobbled up everything you have written. I always wait with anticipation for your next enlightening. Please don’t get down on yourself. You are so accomplished and you are so loved by so many….

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