Moo Baa La La la

Gabrielle is a child of Now. There is no where else that exists to her. But slowly she is becoming a child of Then, and a child of Soon. It begins when I sing her a song, and she enjoys it for a second then wishes I was singing a different song and starts motioning by shaking her head and doing signs that I am clearly not singing the right song. So I better finish up that song fast and get to the one she really wants. Then it starts all over again. It’s amazing to watch her discontentment begin.

Yesterday she learned how to put two words together. She learned “Bye Bye Dada.” She learns connections with words and associates things I don’t even think are connected. For the first time yesterday, I sang her Old MacDonald and said “Ee-I-Ee-I-O” and she said “ya eye ya eye” and pointed to her eye. Yeah, I guess it is the same word. I didn’t know Farmer MacDonald was so concerned about his vision until she clearly pointed out my oversight.

Everyday we read all the books on the book shelf, several times. Sometimes she makes it through the entire book, sometimes she gets to her favourite part and then discards. She has a book called “Moo, Baa, Lalala” and Marc was doing the dishes and said to Gabrielle “A cow says Moo, a sheep says Baa, three singing pigs say?” And she says “Lalala” then went to the bookshelf and was rifling around. Then comes tromping over to Marc with that particular book in her hand, saying “baa lalala.” Smart cookie, she can recognize which book she wants now and knows what’s coming as we read to her.

The library on Pender is closed for a few months for a renovation. In lieu of having access to borrowing books, they encouraged residence of Pender to take home a box of books for a few months and return them when the library reopens. This is an advantage to the library, because they do not have to find as much storage and a plus for us because we get the benefit of a whole shelf of books we can cycle through. In saying all this, it is amazing how fast you can get sick of the books you have, even if you have a whole shelf. So then, how many is enough? Not for the child so much, but for the parent!

How have you spent these long dark January days?

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7 Thoughts on “Moo Baa La La la

  1. Amanda on 28 January, 2012 at 8:35 am said:

    Oh your words so remind me of our Fynn, and his love for books at an early age. Many hours spent snuggled up and reading to him. He still loves being read to, and he’s nearly seven now. Way to foster and encourage that love of the written word Manda.

  2. We lost our copy of Moo Baa La La La. Must get another!

  3. I love that they let you take a box of books home. So Penderish! And what a treat to have such a selection.
    Yes, they can get old, but there will always be classics that they will return to again and again. Goodnight Moon is loved by all around here.

    • Good Night Moon is on our bookshelf but not a fan here. She doesn’t care for it at all and we’ve never made it the whole way through. Maybe I’m reading it… wrong?

      • Kimberly on 30 January, 2012 at 12:00 am said:

        Maybe Goodnight Moon just for bedtime? The first time we read it to Soren he got really sleepy and wanted to go to bed. It’s like magic! So maybe you’ve been reading it at the wrong time? ;-)

  4. Kimberly on 29 January, 2012 at 11:58 pm said:

    She IS a smartie! Two words already? CLEVER! I would read Soren his twenty books (that’s all he had at a year…now it’s like 70!) twice over. So 40 books a day when he was that age. It got really really tiring. And then a friend of mine suggested I just read five and say: “all done”. And truly that had not occurred to me before! I just figured you had to keep reading as long as they wanted! It’s a good thing I figured that out before the book count got up to 70.

  5. The Sandra Boyton “Doggies” book has been ‘read’ a few hundred times in our house. woof.

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