I am most definitely a book worm. I love picking up a book and getting absolutely lost in it (not that there is much time for this anymore with a one year old). I didn’t start off this way though. I was late to the reading game in primary school. I remember all of my other friends being able to read the simplest of books and I couldn’t. But I think this was genuinely because I was a lazy child. As soon as my teenage years hit and I found my love of Jacqueline Wilson there was no going back. I would love to be able to say it was J K Rowling but I was also late to Harry Potter band wagon (that laziness always kicking in). I actually only read all of Harry Potter when I was 18 years old (shocking I know).
I was always good at reading stories out loud. I loved reading to my friends two younger siblings when I was over at her house and it was their bed time. I did feel a little sorry for their mum when I could hear them shouting “Can Heather read us a story, please oh please!” but in actual fact she was probably thanking the gods for a night off (I understand now, Paula). So I knew when it was time to have my own kids that I couldn’t wait till they were at the age where I could start reading out loud to them. Loads of magazines and other mums told me to start even when Ivy was 3-6 months old.
Even when I was pregnant I would scour amazon and enter book stores and roam the shelves and shelves of childrens books and imagine reading them aloud to my little one. Buying a few here and there to add to our growing book collection. But we all know Ivy only slept in a sling with white noise so loud you didn’t have room for any other thoughts in your head (how did I not go insane?) for the first 6 months. I would try and read to her during the day but I only started reading to Ivy properly every night once she hit 7 months.
At first she would stare at me and my mouth in awe because of all the different voices and pitches, then she got to the ‘I-Want-To-Turn-The-Page-Myself’ stage, which was only slightly annoying for a little while. And now, she lies in her cot and smiles and giggles at my silly antics. I can’t wait till she can understand the storylines a bit better and start telling me which are her favourites. I love that at little moments during the day and every night I get to go on a little adventure just me and my girl. I hope I pass my love of reading onto her till she’s old and grey and remembers when she was little and her dear ol’ ma and her funny voices.
Some of my favourites to read to Ivy:
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Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson
Room On The Broom by Julia Donaldson (Noticing a pattern? I love this woman!)
The Wonderful World of Dr Seuss Series
The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
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