Sunday, September 6, 2009

bedtime book routine

Do you remember this post? It's the one about Lucas pushing away all the books he doesn't want to read at bedtime until I pick the right one. Well, things have changed a little.

I talked about how I was looking forward to when Lucas could walk to the bookshelf, and pick out the books he wants to read himself. Lucas is quite mobile on his feet now, so our bedtime book routine has changed to look something like this...

Mommy: Let's read a book!

Lucas: hmmm (points to book)

Mommy: (picks up book after book until she gets the right one)

Lucas: (gets excited and giggles)

Mommy: In the great green room, there was a telephone and a red balloon, and a picture of...

Lucas: (wiggles down from Mommy's lap and toddles over to a toy to play, giggling)

Mommy: Lucas, walk back to Mommy. Let's read a book.

Lucas: (walks back to Mommy, picks a new book himself. Repeats several times, getting off of Mommy's lap and picking a new book.)

Mommy: Five shiny stars were twinkling at the cat.... looking very pretty in the sky like that...

Lucas: (turns to the last page, where Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star plays... bobs his back and forth to the music)

Mommy: All done? Okay. Night, night. Time for bed. (turns out the light, begins to sing Lucas a lullaby)

Lucas: (rips his ear off before Mommy finishes singing...)

Hmmmmm... do you think he's trying to tell me something? Maybe I shouldn't quit my day job and become a singer, but am I really that bad? Well, it's at least become evident that Lucas wants his sound off as soon as the lights go out, a little to my dismay. I put it back on to say "I love you," and then it comes back off.

Bedtimes are my favorite time of day with Lucas. I love the extra special Mommy/Lucas time that it provides. I love the language opportunities. And I love to watch him toddle around his room, especially with the extra big nighttime diaper that makes him look so cute in his pajamas.

Here are a couple of things Lucas is doing now with books. In addition to walking to get the book he wants and bring it back to me, and rocking his head back and forth to the music he hears in certain books, he will also point to objects when prompted. His favorite thing to do is look for the mouse in Goodnight Moon. He thinks it's hysterical when he finds it. So cute! He will point to objects and say and/or sign them too.

He doesn't like to cuddle quite as much as he used to before bed (as is evident with him pulling his ear off and wiggling around), but he still lets me get in my 500-a-day kiss quota, so I'll take it for now.

Yep. My baby is growing up. But I love this new stage!


tammy said...

Love him! I can just hear his sweet little laugh as he looks for the mouse. Aiden's just starting to get interested in books again, but if I pick one he doesn't like, he says "ah da" (all done), slams it shut, and pushes it out of my hands! Can't wait for our boys to hang again!

Val said...

oh fun, he's getting to be a little boy instead of baby boy mama! love it

Kel said...

Oh, so fun!! Neither of my boys have cared for story time before bed until a later age. Right now, whenever Danny gets near books, he is so excited about them all he wants to do is turn pages. I'll get one or two words read before he rips the book from my hands and starts flipping through it himself...turning most books into a language exercise of "turn" "page" "picture" and "the end," LOL.

leah said...

I love it! Goodnight Moon is one of Nolan's favorites, too. Try Goodnight Gorilla (very few words, so you can sometimes get through the entire book, lol). There is a mouse with a banana on each page, and a balloon that goes slowly higher and higher for the beginning of the book. Nolan likes looking for the mouse and the balloon.

Dear Zoo is another favorite at the moment- maybe because we spend every other weekend at the zoo, lol!

Nathan said...

I just have to say, that whenever I put Lucas to bed and sing to him that he never rips his processor off. :)

AJ's Mom said...

Awwwwwwww :) He's getting to be such a big boy. Maybe he just doesn't like your song choice? :)