June Book Favorites

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.

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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

June Book Favorites1) 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!

May Book Favorites

I have always loved reading, but I have to admit that kid’s corner in any book store can rope me in faster than any other section. Time seems to stop when you are flipping through children’s stories and I love finding new favorites. Lucky for me, Ricky shares my love for story time and we read A LOT most days. He demands ~4 stories before both nap and bedtime, not to mention several pauses in playtime for a quick story throughout the day. His favorites are ever changing, but when he gets hooked on a certain book, it is not unlikely that we read that book for both nap and bedtime for a few weeks in a row. His current favorite (I have to admit I was rather surprised by his selection) is Good Night, Little Bear by Patsy and Richard Scarry. The kid loves this book. He picks it every rest time, and often wanders around the house imitating the story looking for something/someone of his choice that is “hiding”. So, given Ricky’s rotating list of favorites, I figured this would be a good monthly update! So, onto May’s favorites (a few days late).

May Book Favorites

1. My First Farm –  This is a picture book in which every page shows images of different animals and other things you’d find around a farm. We have enjoyed this book since Ricky was much younger, however, he is in a BIG transportation phase right now, so we currently only look at the two pages that feature different types of tractors as well as other farm vehicles.

2. Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey RInker and Tom Lichtenheld –  This is my favorite of all Ricky’s stories- hands down. The images are beautiful and the phrasing is just so sweet and soothing for rest time. Ricky loves to point out the different animals and other objects throughout the book. He calls trains “choo choos” or “chooch” for short, so this is fondly referred to as his “chooch book”.

3. Things that Go (A look and find storybook) – We originally got this book (along with Planes ) before going on a trip to Florida several months back, but it has held Ricky’s interest for much longer. Each page features a different transportation area- construction site, train station, airport, city, camp site and outer space. Although he has memorized where each of the featured images is on the page, we love creating our own look and find scenarios, including colors and the difference between similar objects!

4. Good Night, Little Bear by Patsy and Richard Scarry – As described above, this is a current favorite. It is the perfect length story for Ricky right now at 20 months. At earlier ages, this book did not peak his interest at all, but now he sits completely still and listens to the whole thing day after day. The story depicts a father “searching” for his son around the house before bedtime, when in fact the little boy his hiding on his daddy’s shoulders the entire time. The one downside to many of the Little Golden Books- they often show photos of other stories on the back, which leads to Ricky picking a favorite and asking for it day after day until mommy breaks down and takes him to the book store. Luckily, they are only $4, which is a bargain compared to most kids books!

5. Planes by Byron Barton – As mentioned, we purchased this along with a few other books in anticipation for Ricky’s second plane ride (he was only 7 months the first time, so I was definitely not confident he’d remember). This book has very simple, short sentences on each page along with basic illustrations. I was actually surprised with how much Ricky took to this book given it’s simplicity, but he is only now starting to tire of it after 3 solid months of favoritism. I highly recommend this for anyone planning an airplane ride with a little one to get them excited about the trip!

6. How Many Bugs in a Box by David A. Carter – This was one of Karl’s favorite books as a kid, so my MIL got it for Ricky for Easter. He is obsessed. It is an adorable counting pop-up book that shows a different kind of silly bug on each page, going from 1 to 10 throughout the story. For a while, I could not read this story before nap or bedtime because he would want it read to him over and over and get very upset after the millionth rendition that I finally refused another.

There you have it, Ricky’s favorite stories this month. I took a trip to the bookstore this week and am pretty confident we’ll have another great list at the end of June!

Ricky's books

He loves picking out his own stories!

I miss reading quite a bit and it is one thing I hope to get back into now that I am staying home full time. That is the primary purpose of naps, right? So while I don’t have a long list, I can at least give you a couple recommendations that I’ve read over the past couple months.

May faves (mom)

The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston – This is a really good, easy read. It is very interesting, but still relatively easy to put down, which is necessary when you don’t have all the time in the world to curl up with a book (ah, dreams). The story follows a witch throughout her very long lifetime, from becoming a witch in the 1600s to her life in the current day, and all of the trials she has faced because of her nature. I will warn you though, if you can’t handle flash-backs, this is not the book for you.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling – We went to Florida a couple months back and this is the definition of a great vacation book. Mindy is hilarious and the book is broken into short excerpts about her life thus far- either experiences or musings.

Lastly, a bump pic because I know you are all DYING to see my growing stomach. Yay for finally reaching the third trimester. If only I had the naiveté of a first time mom and thought this meant the baby was almost here. I don’t. I fully realize that while this is the final stretch, pregnancy, as well as waiting, only get harder from here. Should I have put in a spoiler alert for that bomb drop? Oops 😉

28 weeks! #yesIusedafilter #I'mpregnant,sosueme

28 weeks!
#yesIusedafilter #I’mpregnant,sosueme