Thank y'all, again, so much for your kind words and thoughts. We arrived home safely last night after 3 weeks of vacation (we spent the time after the beach visiting family). I cried after we got home, so relieved that we are all safe, and hopeful that we can get back to normal now.
yes, thank you very much. My family is vacationing on a beach in three weeks and we have a 12 month old ds. Of course, he will not be out of our sight, but now he may not be out of arms reach.... in fact, I might go get a "leash."
Even holes that aren't above the waist can cause injury when they collapse.
My then 6 year old daughter was playing in such a hole - it was just slightly above her waist. She leaned back to lever herself out of the hole when it collapsed, the weight of the wet sand was forcing her knees into a backward position causing a LOT of pain. It took us seemingly forever to dig her out, when we did, her knees were swollen and it was hard for her to walk for a few days.
I know that we were lucky, that however changed our outlook on simple holes in the sand.
Thanks for the reminder. This happened to my cousin about 15 years ago. He is alive today, by some miracle.
We are taking a family trip at the end of August, with many little ones, to a place where there are many, many sand dunes and beaches. Thank you for the reminder, I will be cautious of this while we are there.