SPF Awesome

by Courtney Sirotin on March 29, 2012

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You might have noticed that Dylan is a little…pale. My dad once referred to him as “Casper” and I acted very offended, but it’s sort of true. I think his pallor suits him aesthetically, but it’s a nightmare when it comes to sun protection.

Dylan has a couple sun hats with wide brims, flaps and ties around the neck but he hates to wear them. I try my darndest to enforce them but he has me beat because he possesses the ability to take them off himself. I am, therefore, quite grateful that he at least enjoys wearing his fedora. Here he is at a play date today:

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The other kids were totally jealous.

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He also has a penchant for my sunglasses. I can’t even wear them around him anymore because he yanks them off my face (pulling my hair along with them) and tries to put them on.

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He hasn’t quite mastered it yet.

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So he just wears them around his neck while he plays:

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A month ago he was fearless on all slides at all playgrounds. He would launch himself head-first down any slide with no regard for whether or not I was at the bottom to catch him. Something shifted and now he will only go down them on my lap. He’s super into climbing instead. I have to watch him like a hawk because he climbs up the walls of the playground and then sets about walking off the ledges with no regard for the height of the drop. I don’t have any photo evidence of this because I’m too busy preventing his death, but here he is climbing on a rock this morning:

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It was nearing 90 degrees at the park this afternoon but I think I did okay with his sun protection. My method for the summer is going to involve giving him a thorough coating of sunscreen each morning when I’m getting him dressed (and have the most control over him) and then adding more throughout the day as needed. It’s going to be a messy summer.

He was red when we left the park but I think it was just from exertion. I took him for some frozen yogurt to cool down and the redness slowly faded. We sat in the shade and watched the cars and it was relaxing. Yay for relaxing…I was ready for a breather.

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It was a good day.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

DONNA CUSHING March 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Dylan is so cute in a fedora. Your post gave me some ideas about what I could put into an Easter basket for my darling, daring Dylan!


RUSS March 29, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Although I haven’t commented lately, Rox & I have been keeping updated on you and the ADORABLE grand-babies antics. As far as his SPF, I truthfully would suggest letting him go without and build up a tolerance to the sun. Short jaunts outside and test for his redness. In your neck of the woods he should be a little red at the beginning and develop a bit of darker color as the summer comes by. He’ll thank you as he gets older. If you keep Slathering him, he will not build up any tolerance to the sun and will be REALLY uncomfortable in his older age. I’m not saying NOT to use ANY, just in moderation as he darkens a bit. I’m just the old senile guy that married your Mom in Law, so take it for what it’s worth. LoL. Love you Doll, Russ


COURTNEY March 30, 2012 at 12:16 am

If we were in Indiana I might do that but the sun is SO powerful here that even with a full coating of sunscreen, he’s probably still going to burn! I use a zinc sunscreen so its a physical blocker and doesn’t absorb into his skin so at least he’s not going to be bombarded with chemicals…

I do, however, always appreciate your perspective! We miss you guys!


RUSS March 30, 2012 at 11:24 pm

You may still think I’m old and we’re wierd……… (Rox is not old) We love you and miss you guys to.


ALANA April 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

Dylan is sooooo adorable!!!! Love the hat!


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