Kauai has a lot of beaches and Ava loves them all. She categorized the waves as baby waves, mommy waves, and daddy waves. Ava was a huge fan of the daddy waves. She also repeatedly asked to go into the deep water.
Ava loved the feeling of the strong waves that would explode over the front of her and the undertow that would try to drag her feet into the ocean. Weeks later Ava is still talking about the ocean. She asks, “What does the ocean say?” And then she answers for the ocean: “Ava come in me, come in me.” She loves it when we say, the ocean wants you to come in so it can kiss your toes.
The beaches with baby waves were nice, though, because Ava could explore the water without us maintaining a death grip on her the whole time. We stayed down the street from one amazing beach where the water was never deeper than my knee due to all the rocks. Ava loved playing in the water and studying the ocean life. They had little hermit crabs that were 1/4 of the size of a dime.
I think the mommy waves the best, though. With the intense waves, we only let the water get up to Ava’s knees so that we could always be in control. With the baby waves, there were only so many activities available. The medium waves were the best because I could take Ava much deeper. Ava was comfortable enough that she did some swimming on her back, which I’ve been trying to get her to do in the bathtub unsuccessfully for years. Plus, the beach with the medium waves is the most beautiful beach I’ve ever been to.