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Toddler Tales (23): Rainy Day

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I never pass up an opportunity to take Little Dude outside when I can - I think outdoor play is simply the best fun a child can have! Since we don't go to a regular playgroup, I take him to the neighbourhood park almost everyday. It's our routine - he loves playing around and I like the 15-minute walk. The past few days have been beautiful here in Dubai - the rain and the falling temperature has made this city even more stunning! A few days ago, just as the sun came out after some rain, off we went to the park. It was bright again, so I didn't expect it to rain for at least a little while. Was I ever wrong! Soon after we were there, the dark clouds appeared and it started raining hard.

Now, Little Dude has never liked the rain. But this turn of events came as a blessing in disguise. It's the day my baby overcame his fear of the rain. At first, he clung to me but as the rain subsided, I encouraged him to throw stones in the puddles. And that was it! He was running all around the playground looking for stones and pebbles to throw in. He was so quick, I only have fleeting pictures of him!

Playing in the puddles

Next, a magical thing happened - we saw a rainbow! It was the largest I've ever seen, covering the entire horizon. Little Dude was really excited, and I didn't miss this opportunity to ask him what colours he could see (I'm an educational mom!).

Rainbow in Dubai

Pretty soon, his attention was diverted by his favourite creatures - birds! He loves running after birds, and there were many of them walking on the grass after the rain. We saw pigeons, warblers and sparrows. Little Dude ran after them for an eternity, and when he didn't show signs of being tired, I had to plead with him to get home. He finally agreed after being bribed with a treat. Then he had another surprise for me. Just as we were leaving, he said: "Bye birdies, I'm going home!" He's really surprising us with his use of sentences nowadays, but I'll leave that for another post!

Running after birds

That rainy day will probably stand out in my memory because an unexpected turn of events turned into something beautiful. This is one of the good things about kids - they teach you to slow down and appreciate every moment.

(Toddler Tales are snippets of what I'm learning every day from my little one.)

This post has been linked to Post Comment LoveCountry Kids from Coombe Mill and Small Steps Amazing Achievements.

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35 comments

Sandy Ramsey said...

Sounds like a perfect way to spend an afternoon and that photo of the rainbow is fantastic! I love the idea of slowing down and enjoying moments and I'm glad you are getting to do that with Little Dude. Isn't it amazing how the student can sometime become the teacher? Beautiful post and thank you for sharing it!

Tarana Khan said...

It really is a luxury isn't it - slowing down! Thank you for stopping by.

Mommy Goes On said...

What a great idea to help him get over his fear of the rain. It sounds like the two of you had a wonderful day together.

Mommy's Heart said...

It sure looks like your son had great fun playing in the rain while getting over the fear.. That rainbow indeed looks beautiful! Just beautiful :)

Tarana Khan said...

We did, thanks!

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you, Vinma!

anna m said...

Love the rainbow! Sounds like some lovely moments with your little one!

gina caro said...

Aww bless him, glad he enjoyed his day. That's a great shot of the rainbow :-) #PoCoLo

Sara Murray said...

Oh, this is lovely! I'm so pleased that he enjoyed the rain, and the rest of your outing :) #PoCoLo

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I love this post! What a great way to enjoy a rainy day.

Kalley C said...

I really like this post! I think that its great that he got over his fear of the rain, and to be rewarded with a rainbow too! Now that's sweet! I remember seeing my first rainbow with my kids. I know I was blessed to experience it with them.

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks, Anna!

Tarana Khan said...

Thanks, Gina. Can't believe that shot from my mobile camera actually came out well!

Tarana Khan said...

There's something magical about them. I got all excited too!

Actually Mummy... said...

Isn't it wonderful how life with a child can turn the most mundane of days into a special memory? Learning to love the rain is something we have had to do in grey Britain!

Kate Fever said...

What a beautiful rainbow! #CountryKids
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Coombe Mill said...

What an impressive rainbow - you may need to invest in some wellies for Little Dude, then he can have some great fun splashing in puddles now his fear of rain has gone! Great capture of the beautiful rainbow - thanks for linking up and sharing your outdoor fun with Country Kids.

Brittnei Washington said...

This is the cutest ever. I'm like you. I try to take my son out every day. It became sort of sporadic after I started experiencing morning sickness off and on all day, but now that I've been feeling better we're getting back into the routine. Outside play is the best!

Orli D said...

What a great photo of the rainbow! I always try but never quite manage to take such a great photo of it.
It is wonderful that he overcame his fear of rain. What an afternoon!
#PoCoLo

Tarana Khan said...

I agree. Rain is a bit of a luxury here in Dubai, we savour every minute of it!

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you, Fiona! You're right, must get the little guy some boots, and they look so cute too!

Tarana Khan said...

Glad you agree, Brittnei! Thanks for stopping by.

Tarana Khan said...

It just happened, Orli. I'm not a very good photographer!

Sonia Constant said...

What a fab idea; face your fears! He looked like he had fun. Rainbows are a great result of rain - he cant be frightened of those :) x

Tarana Khan said...

He loved the rainbow!

Pinkoddy said...

Children can come on so unexpectedly can't they. What a gorgeous day, and beautiful memory.

Nicola Robson said...

I love to encourage the children to explore all kinds of weather - the wind is my personal favourite, but we enjoy thunder storms and rain too. It must be so refreshing to have the rain in the heat of Dubai, and great for him to relish playing in the puddles.

Tarana Khan said...

Yes, definitely a day to remember!

Tarana Khan said...

It's absolutely refreshing! I don't mind thunderstorms either, but my son hasn't been exposed much to them.

Mary @over40andamumtoone said...

Simple things are just the most wonderful. You just don't put Dubai and rain together! Glad you both had fun #SSAA

Victoria Welton said...

What a lovely post - it's great how something that Little Dude feared turned out well, that rainbow is spectacular. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

Notmyyearoff said...

Wow it must be rare to see rainbows in Dubai - it does very nice though and looks like you had a lovely day!

Rebecca Beesley said...

that rainbow picture is amazing! Well done to your little dude for overcoming his fear of the rain. Rebecca @TheBeesleyBuzz xxx #SSAmazingAcheivements

Tarana Khan said...

Thank you, Rebecca!

Jane Roberts said...

What a fantastic post, I don't think we have ever played in the rain. I'm adding this to our list of things to do. This really is a great day to remember and it sounds like you had so much fun!

Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)
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