Something wonderful has happened to Rosalie over the last few weeks. Something that makes my heart melt every time she does it.
Lots of Rosalie’s books are stowed on the shelf underneath the coffee table; she has known for a long time that these are her books, and this is where they live. But for the first time a few weeks ago she chose a book and then, looking expectantly at me with her deep brown eyes, came crawling over to the sofa. Plonking the book on the seat she proceeded to clamber up and park her little bottom right on my lap. She’s 15 months old.
I could have cried I was so delighted! I love books and have been reading with Rosalie since she was tiny. Of course her level of interest has increased bit by bit over the past twelve months, but the fact that she now actively chooses books and wants to sit and read with mummy is just too wonderful for words.
She still loves her board books, her lift the flap books and her touchy feely books, but now she likes to take her time and linger over each page. She will also sit and listen to a proper story, and has learnt to handle the pages more carefully which means we have been able to branch away from just board books.
Rosalie isn’t the sort of baby that likes to sit still and she doesn’t really enjoy cuddling, so cosying up with a book is about the only opportunity we get during the day to have quiet time together and I can hold her close without her wriggling away or squirming in my arms.
Once we’ve finished a book (after the second or third pass) she tosses it to one side, clambers down off my lap, slides on her tummy to the floor and crawls back over to the coffee table to pick another. We spend a good portion of our afternoon doing this, reading one book after another, until we’ve finished the pile of books we keep downstairs that we own, and the library books that we’ve borrowed.
Our collection of books is always growing, and I’m really looking forward to seeing it expand as Rosalie develops. I hope that I am cultivating a healthy relationship for Rosalie with books, I think it’s so important for her to find reading fun so that learning becomes fun too.
This is the motherhood of my dreams – sitting with my daughter, reading books, snuggling together and laughing together, helping her to learn and develop.