Happy Hump Day! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! We spent lots of great family time. We went to a neighborhood waterpark for the first time and had a blast! Ricky has always loved water, so any place that has fountains and a water slide just his size is right up his alley! We also had his first swim class on Monday. They submerge the little ones in their first class, so I was pretty nervous but he did great! Karl was in the pool with him and it was the perfect daddy-son time. I love watching those two play and bond.
Let’s dive into some of our favorite books from this past month! Like most little ones, when Ricky likes a story, that means we read it a minimum of twice a day for several weeks.
June Book Favorites
1) Mighty Dads by Joan Holub – I included this book with Karl’s Father’s Day gift and it became a fast favorite. Ricky’s obsession with trucks continues and he loves hearing about how the daddy trucks help out their little ones. The pictures in this book are so bright and colorful, and I love how it highlights several different types of construction trucks and the functions they perform.
2) Scuffy the Tugboat by Gertrude Crampton – Let me start by saying that this is not my favorite story in the world. For some reason though, Ricky just can’t get enough. The book follows a grumpy toy tugboat as he leaves a toy store in search of a more adventurous life, only to realize that he is in fact very happy living a simple life sailing in the bathtub of a little boy. It is on the longer end for his age, but Ricky sits in captivation throughout this entire book, pointing out different aspects of the illustrations along the way.
3) I’m a Big Brother by Joanna Cole – We are doing our best to prepare Ricky for the arrival of baby in August, but there is also only so much a 21 month old can comprehend through words alone. Given that Ricky loves stories so much, I figured a big brother book would be perfect to help acclimate him to the idea of a new baby in the house. When Ricky and I made a trip to the bookstore, I was pretty surprised by the lack of options. A lot of the books were very dry (read: boring) and focused on much older children becoming siblings. This book is simple and highlights the interactions a little boy can expect when a new baby comes into their house, such as talking to the baby and snuggling the baby. It also points out that the baby will be too little to do many of the things big brother can do, such as play with toys or eat certain foods. My favorite part, though, is the fact that mom and dad love the big brother and he is his own special person, and being a big brother is just one more special thing about him. I may or may not have cried the first time I read the book to Ricky…oh pregnancy hormones.
4) Hop on Pop by Dr.Seuss – We have had several Dr.Seuss books on the shelf since Ricky was born, but previously he had absolutely no interest in them. All of a sudden, these are his go- to book grabs. He loves the part of this book when Pat almost sits on a cactus- he flips right to this page and says “No! Ouch!” Pretty adorable, if you ask me.
5) Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr.Seuss – I love the visuals in this book and the encouragement for little one to try making different sounds. Ricky has mastered a lot of the sounds, but there are still some tricky ones we’re working on. This is the perfect little interactive story to flip through over and over!
I hope you all have a great week!