He's now a completely different kid. Hari took him and Jessica to a few nearby ponds and told me how much Xander now likes the beach. But it wasn't until earlier this week that I realized how much he likes it. We went to Indian Lake after camp. I put his bathing suit on and he started walking into the water. He didn't need any encouragement to go right in.
Gradually he went deeper and deeper (I wasn't wearing a bathing suit, so I hovered near the shore). When he got in up to his armpits, I told him that was far enough. I think he would have gone in deeper if I had let him. I'm looking forward to our next beach vacation in a few weeks.
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One of Xander's favorite things to do recently is to pretend he's a cat. So I used this to my advantage this morning. His nails have gotten really long but he never lets me cut them. So I told him this morning, "Kitty, I'm going to trim your claws now." Worked like a charm.