…you must wear your boots. This is sound advice from the very influential Peppa Pig who would never dream of jumping in a puddle without her boots on! However, Lucia has been guilty of this on a few occasions as we haven’t been able to find a pair of boots to fit her – until last weekend!
No puddle is now safe – if Lucia has her wellies on it is physically impossible for her to walk past a puddle without launching herself in with both feet!
She is delighted to be the very proud owner of a pair of perfect pink wellies and is currently choosing to wear them instead of her converse on a daily basis, whether it is raining or not.
It has taken a lot of searching for a very long time to find this pair of wellies. I thought wellies would have been the one type of footwear that we wouldn’t have had difficulty with as they are always wide fitting. But surprisingly this wasn’t the case. Trying to get her right foot in and ’round the corner’ if you know what I mean just didn’t happen.
Obviously we hadn’t been looking over the summer months as it was nice and dry, but then came the rain again. And with the rain came the puddles. I came home from work one evening last week and Lucia excitedly told me about jumping in puddles in Nana’s garden.
I am so glad she was at my mum’s house that day as I probably wouldn’t have let her do it and get her shoes and compression tights wet – but she clearly had so much fun so why not? My mum just made sure it was the end of the day when her compression was due to come off anyway and she had a ball!
And so the welly hunt began again and Lucia and I went into town. We struck lucky in the second shop and I couldn’t believe it when I managed to get both feet into the boots. I just sat on the floor watching her waddling up and down trying to get used to the feeling of them. She loved them so much she refused to take them off and I had to lift her up at the till to let the cashier beep them through! I also bought the next size up so if the swelling on her right foot fluctuates she can wear the bigger size on that foot and the smaller on her left.
It is amazing how much joy something as small as a pair of wellies can bring to a child (and parents!). For us it is another little victory with Lucia’s Lymphoedema – for Lucia it just means she can put on her boots and enjoy jumping in puddles with her big brother!