Like most parents, I had dreams of what Piper would be like before she was born. I couldn’t picture what she’d look like necessarily, but I had things in mind that I hope she would love to do. Near the top of the list: reading.
I mean, my friends threw me a book shower, and Piper’s room was designed around a book wall. You could say I’m pretty into the idea....
I loved, loved reading as a child, and it is a huge wish (goal?) for me to foster that enthusiasm in Piper. From
the time she was teeny tiny (much too teeny tiny to understand...or
maybe even notice), we’ve been reading to her. I’d lay her on my lap and
point to pictures while I narrated. And she would mostly tolerate
it...and occasionally border on enjoying it.
But as she left the infant stage, and became an increasingly curious
(and wiggly) child, it’s been harder and harder to get her to sit still
with a book. For months she wanted no part of reading....unless
“reading” means flipping through pages as fast as possible, not
listening at all, and basically using books as props to throw, or stand
on. If that’s what you mean, then she was super into reading.
But I kept trying. My best successes came if I allowed her to have a
book of her own to tear through (sometimes almost literally), while I
read a different book to her (but mostly to myself).
THEN....In the last month....something happened, and she all of a
sudden is enamored by books. Don’t get me wrong, she still flips pre-tty
quickly, but in between all that frantic page turning, she actually
notices the pictures. And knows there are words. And recognizes the
animals. And points to her favorites.
She is now obsessed with sitting on our lap. So every play session now involves her picking out a book (or a few if she can carry them) and toddling over to where we’re sitting. She then does a half turn, and slowly backs up until her legs hit mine, and plops her little rump down. If you’re sitting in a way that doesn’t create a formal “lap”, she is undeterred. She will climb and shift, back-up and plop as many times as necessary to get you to make her a little perch. It’s pretty much the cutest thing ever.
She has a rotating library of favorites, preferring mostly board books (because she doesn’t get in trouble for bending the pages), and anything with animals. She doesn’t have a ton of patience for long winded stories, preferring instead to just point at things she recognizes, and attempt to say their names or making their sounds. She’s a headstrong little thing (wherever would she get such a trait?) so we’re forced to follow her lead a bit when it comes to what to read, and the pace at which to read it. But as long as she wants to snuggle in my lap, book in hand....I’m a happy mama.
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