Books, books, books, books, books!!!! Constantly. If you and your family are on a budget like ours is and you are looking for something free to do, go to a bookstore. Rob and I often take Bennett to a bookstore after dinner. We head back to the kids section and let her go to town. Forget candy stores. A bookstore is where Bennett is happiest. She squeals and runs and finds books to read. We did this a few nights ago and she discovered the pet section. Oh, goodness. Books + Pets = a free fun evening for our family.
So, here's the downside. She won't go to bed at night because she's too obsessed with books. I will put her in her crib and she can see her bookshelf and will now cry for books until she just falls asleep. And in the morning she used to sleep until 8:00 am without fail. Now I hear her every morning yelling out, "Freckle," or "Ice-Cream" from her crib wayyyyyy too early. She wants to read Frekleface Strawberry or The Hungry Caterpillar (there's a picture of an ice cream cone on one of the pages.) She remembers the book she read last the night before and wakes up wanting to read that very book again.
So even though we love books around here, books are hindering night night time and making her wake up way too early because she's too excited to read. I have never once in my life woken up dizzy with excitement because I wanted to read. But, that's my girl. We keep books in her crib with her and today she stayed in her crib an hour and a half after she woke up from her nap- just sitting there reading books.
Here's a picture of what I found yesterday when I got out of the shower. I have to take very quick showers and Bennett is usually hanging out at the baby gate talking to me and waiting on me to get out. Yesterday, I got out and couldn't find her. I called her name repeatedly and finally found her in her room, in her chair, reading a book to herself. I had to get a camera of course. Man, I love this kid. Oh, and that's Will's paci in her mouth. She stole it while I was in the shower. Busted.
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