Since Julia has a new room and a new bed, and is now 3 year's old with a much longer attention span, I've been noticing for the past few weeks that she isn't quite ready to go to bed when its time, the way she used to. She keeps saying, "Read another one, mommy. Lay with me mommy, sit here daddy." She doesn't want story time to end because then she is alone in her room and I think sometimes it frightens her...so right after the New Year, I had a great idea...I thought to myself, I think it's time for Julia and I to start our very first novel together. And immediately, I mean there wasn't any hesitation, Charlotte's Web came to mind, I mean I loved that book as a kid, we've seen the movie a hundred times as a family, and we love Fern, Wilbur and all the barn yard animals, so...why not read the book!
So Sunday night while we cleaned up the room, said our prayers, and put Marky to bed, John and I climbed into Julia's bed, we all sat pretzel style and we read the first chapter, and she LOVED it. It really helps that there are pictures in our book too. Julia asks a lot of questions as we read, "Why is her face sad?, is her dad mad?, What's that in his hand? awww look at the pigs milk!" Last night I thought we'd do another chapter, but instead we did THREE! She sits and sucks her thumb and mommy reads and reads using all different voices for each character.
John came home around 8:15 last night and saw us snuggled in her bed reading, she asked John to read for a bit, and then quickly changed her mind and said, "No mommy you read." And John goes, "I know mommy reads better. " and julia goes, "yea!" It made me smile. I'm loving this extra bonding time we have and I can't wait to read more each night!
This year is all about taking these special moments, bonding with my children, and taking time to invest in getting to know who they are and letting them see who I am. I love it.