Story time was always a favorite of mine. I loved reading stories in my pajamas by the fire with my mom and brother, so I was excited to continue the tradition with my kids. For my shower, my mother in law and sister in law had this great idea to ask people to bring books and sign them with sweet notes for James. It’s really special to see a note from a loved one every time we open one of his books. So James had quite the library before he was even born. But tbh, I didn’t end up reading to him much the first year. I felt guilty about it, but it was so hard to get him down for naps and bed that I was often too exhausted and he really wanted to be rocked or fed or once he moved, he wanted to be crawling and then walking. He wasn’t very interested in what I was reading so I could never get through a book, and I was just so exhausted most of the time that I didn’t make it a regular thing. But after his first birthday, I really tried to make reading more of a thing for us and it’s really started to take hold.
He now grabs books for me to read him, and not just at bedtime, and he loves to sit on the floor with a book and read aloud to himself. It may sound like babble now, but it warms my heart and makes me so happy that we have our own little reader. I was a voracious reader growing up. I would read with a flashlight under my covers way after I was supposed to be asleep, and loved books (still do though I don’t have the time really anymore) and so I’m excited he’s into books. We have some favorite books we read on repeat now. I must confess a lot of them are my favorites that I have basically forced him to love, but at least they’re all good and that way I don’t feel like killing myself by the millionth time I’ve read them.
I’m sure soon enough he will have his own opinions about books and my input won’t matter, but for now, here’s the ones I love to read and James loves to have read to him still.