Embracing the Mud! The Ordinary Moments


Ever since I can remember, Max has not been a fan of mess. He never liked messy play, painting, even messy eating wasn’t something that he would tolerate. I distinctly remember that first summer when he started walking, and he would refuse to walk on the grass in his bare feet – he hated the feeling of it touching him. For so long he’s refused to wear wellies, and I’ve felt he’s missed out on so many childhood experiences because of his hatred of getting dirty. No jumping in muddy puddles for Max!

But over the years, he’s got gradually more accepting of messy experiences. His nursery key workers have tried really hard with him and now he loves painting and play doh – he’s just still very particular about cleaning himself up afterwards. And about 5 months ago, he decided that wellies weren’t so bad after all.


Little boy walking away from the camera, through a big muddy puddle, wearing wellies and navy duffle coat


For the past few months I’ve watched him become more and more brave in his exploits – jumping in puddles, squelching in the mud. We’re very much an outdoor family and love getting outside, but Max’s hatred of dirt and rain has meant that we’ve been very much fairweather explorers. The rainy January weather has forced us to get outside and it’s been noticeable how much Max is beginning to embrace getting dirty. He’ll actively seek out muddy puddles and has started taking great pleasure in jumping in them and splashing anyone who has the misfortune to be standing too close (usually me!). Last weekend, he even strode out quite a way into a lake – at one point I was worried he was going to get water over the top of his wellies! So many times lately we’ve got home and I’ve realised that all of his clothes are filthy, and while I’m sure in a few months time that will irritate me, for now, it’s the best feeling ever. I finally feel like he’s enjoying all those things that he’s been missing out on, and enjoying being a child.


The Ordinary Moments
  • Jonny Reeves
    February 4, 2018

    Yesterday I had to talk him out of trying to jump over a massive (and quite deep looking) muddy puddle: pretty sure that one would not have ended well seeing as he was wearing his regular shoes! 😂

  • Donna Wishart
    February 5, 2018

    Ah I’m so glad he’s easing into messy play – especially when it comes to muddy puddles. You really can’t beat the messy outdoors! x

  • Laura Little Ladies Big World
    February 7, 2018

    These are gorgeous photos Katy, and he reminds me so much of Eva, she wouldn’t even like messy hands and I always felt a little sad about it. But like you said she did grow into the messy play and whilst I do think she will always be a little more cautious it doesn’t stop her much these days. #TheOrdinaryMoments

  • Helena “TheQueenofCollage” Ash
    February 8, 2018

    Aww it’s lovely that he is embracing the outdoors. May there be many enjoyable outdoor moments together. #TheOrdinaryMoments

  • Sensational Learning with Peng
    February 9, 2018

    How lovely that he’s now enjoying the messier activities too! #TheOrdinaryMoments

  • MudpieFridays
    February 10, 2018

    Oh I am glad he’s enjoying it!! We’ve had quite a few water in wellies experiences so I’m sure it won’t be long. You’ll be making mud pies before you know it! Xx #ordinarymoments

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