Summer (okay, dry season) has barely started, and we’re definitely feeling the heat. We practically start sweating once we get out of range of the electric fan, sometimes even while dressing up after a shower. One of the twins and I have prickly heat. Four of the five electric fans in the house have some sort of malfunction or weird noise. One is really trying to soldier on but it really can’t do much against the midday heat, so these days we don’t use it during the daytime, but shuttle the other electric fan from room to room, wherever it’s needed. Still, it’s HOT, and babies and adults alike get cranky.
So, we do what we can. Like dragging baby tubs and batyas outside, filling them with water (straight from the tap and not mixed with boiling water like their regular baths), putting in a few toys, and dunking the babies in. It makes for a few entertaining minutes, yes, for babies and adults alike.
(These things would be much easier, of course, if we have air conditioning and bath tubs at home, but then we don’t. So yeah, lower middle class problems, he he).
Other ways of beating the heat:
- Frequent showers
- Halo-halo (not yet for the babies unfortunately)
- Going diaper-less and wearing just panties (yes, this one’s for the babies)
- Going to the fridge, crouching down and just enjoying the cold, like Janice de Belen in the first Shake, Rattle, and Roll film but hopefully without the fridge monster. But don’t do it within sight of a toddler because she’d want in too, and then all your food would end up on the floor.
- Showering again
- Drinking lots of cold water
- Holding the bottle/glass of cold water in your hands (my babies love this, and are always trying to grab our Nalgene bottles from us and walking away with it. Okay maybe it’s the bottles they like)
- Baby sensory play with a basin of ice? Hhmm, haven’t tried this, but maybe we will!
Other ideas are welcome. Lord knows we need it.
(In other news, the latest report of the Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change is out, and in the words of the CNN lead, “Your forecast for the next century: Hotter, drier and hungrier, and the chance to turn down the thermostat is slipping away.” I know, hanep sa segue)