I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm.
Most nights, when I have a few minutes spare, you’ll find me lost in a novel of some description.
But during the day, it’s a different….pardon the pun…story.
Now it’s all about ABC, 123, Izzy the Ice-cream Fairy or even finding that green sheep.
Yes my choice in literature has changed somewhat, thanks to my gorgeous daughter.
The only difference now is that rather than reading a book once or twice for myself, we read the same book five or six times…in the same day.
I could recite all the lines of all the fun on the farm without missing a beat!
But it’s all worth it to see the look of wonder and contentment on my baby girl’s face.
I would rather be lost in the world of Jamie Fraser (ladies do yourself a favour and check out the Outlander series) it’s true, but how else would we know which reindeer’s nose is frosty and blue?
It’s not just by chance I use that rhyme!
I’m not going to lie, it is a bit of a cute process when it comes to reading in our house.
Miss Izzie will grab a book (or 10) from the shelf, wander over and plant herself in your lap ready to read.
It’s a hint and half whether you’re ready or not.
I think it’s safe to say we definitely have a little bookworm on our hands (at least I got a look in with something, ha ha!).
But I must admit it wasn’t always so rosy and I had some doubts.
When books first made an appearance, I often found myself reading….well to myself.
But I soldiered on anyway and it looks like the reading aloud worked!
It probably helps that most books are full of bright colours, special touch and feel sections and of course big words to help draw the attention of a toddler’s wandering eyes.
It doesn’t take long to spot the well-loved favourite books with chewed edges and ripped pages, they’re hard to miss.
But the importance of reading is not lost on me either.
We’re fast becoming reliant on technology with smart phones, iPads and of course e-readers.
I can’t talk, I’ve got a Kindle for all my reading needs.
But I still love the feel of a book and there’s no greater joy than watching my daughter gain the same excitement from the pages, something I hope she continues to do!
Let’s see how many books we get through tomorrow!
Until then I’m going back to reading more about the adventures of Jamie Fraser….