Monthly Archives: September 2011

Liam’s Book Club: I’m a Big Brother!

I’m a Big Brother! by Ronne Randall, illustrated by Kristina Stephenson

One of our newest acquisitions, I’m a Big Brother! was a gift for Liam from Grandma (Ian’s mother) when she came to visit after Callan was born. It begins on the day that Luke’s parents bring the new gender non-specific baby home from the hospital (Liam has named this baby Callan and I am required to replace the word Baby with Callan) and deals with his desire to  play with his new sibling who needs to grow first.

It’s a sweet little story that doesn’t show any of the jealousy that I was scared of getting from Liam. I consider it a wonderful example for him and consequently read it to him quite a bit…to the point that he started requesting it. This, too, got added to our bedtime story list which generally made it difficult to make sure that I read Luke but said Liam (reading when you’re tired always makes it harder to switch names like that).

All in all, it’s a great story and I would totally recommend it to parents who are worried about their toddler’s reaction to his new little brother or sister. There is also one for little girls called I’m a Big Sister!

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Liam’s Book Club: The Napping House

The Napping House by Audrey Wood, Illustrated by Don Wood

“There is a house, a napping house where everyone is sleeping.” That’s not my house but the book most certainly is in it somewhere. We received this one from my parents for Christmas a couple years ago. Liam was only 19 months at the time and it turned out, that was far too young. Though Chapters recommends 0-24 months, I’d have to say that there’s a gap in there where your little one won’t have the attention span to listen to you read it though he or she may enjoy looking at the pictures (without reading the text) as they are quite delightful. Now that Liam is three+ he’s better at paying attention (sort of) and consequently The Napping House has been added to our arsenal of bedtime stories.

I ran into this video of someone reading the story and the beginning is almost exactly how I try to read it for Liam. Granted, it may start out as a calm peaceful read but by the end you may just accidentally wake your little one up. Though this is yet another book I may not have picked up on my own, I consider it a wonderful addition to our collection.

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Lesson of the Day: Don’t Wish Time Away…

Today’s lesson: Don’t wish time away because you never know what you will miss when it’s gone.

It’s no secret that in the evening, after the kids have gone to bed my husband and I get online and play World of Warcraft together (though that will probably change to the new Star Wars game when it comes out since it’s Star Wars and looks awesome so far). We’ve been playing with a few guys for years now and last night, Ian managed to convince one of the guys who used to play with us to get on our chat program for a visit. Liam (who never sleeps) just happens to adore this guy and wound up commandeering his father’s headset to talk to him.

The cute little, “Hello Robbie,” had everyone going, “aww,” and we all cut back on the conversation a bit to listen to my three-year-old chat with Rob. When Ian finally wrested his headset away from Liam (I heard a scream of frustrated anger from Ian’s computer room when Liam lost control of the microphone), one of the mothers in the channel commented on how she couldn’t wait for her little girl (almost a year old) to start really talking instead of baby babble.

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Liam’s Book Club: The Going to Bed Book

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

This is another of those wonderful Boynton books that were gifted to us from my aunt. The Going to Bed Book arrived with Moo, Baa, La La La! and has been read just as much or more. In fact, the two books were, for a while, nearly the only books I read to Liam when he was tiny. I absolutely loved them both and wound up going to look for more books by Sandra Boynton when I finally got brave enough to take the little guy shopping.

As with all of Boynton’s books, this one features animals – this time in the process of getting ready for bed on a ship. They watch the sunset and then go below to have a bath, brush their teeth and get dressed. The story rhymes its way through the bedtime routine quite nicely and follows an easy rhythm that can help lull your child to sleep (if only children would go to sleep that easily).

Aside from being completely adorable, it’s an excellent book to use to help get your child used to a bedtime routine. Of course, you don’t have to follow their routine exactly – I don’t think sending your children upstairs to exercise just before bedtime is going to help them sleep right away. Instead, sit in a rocking chair – if you’ve got one – and rock while you read in a calm voice and you just may work wonders.

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Darth Baby

Or Using Star Wars Impersonations to Determine Baby Health.

Recently, the little guy has started gurgling quite frequently. Before he’d do it on occasion and no one would really take notice except to answer back with a gurgle of his (or my) own. This all changed late last week when he started going on gurgling binges. He can go for a good five minutes straight gurgling and giggling before taking a little break just to start up again. His grandmother noticed this the other day and prompted the discussion about Callan sounding like a Wookie.

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Lesson of the Day: If You Don’t Remember Where You Put It…

Today’s lesson: If you don’t remember where you put it, how are you going to find it?

A few weeks ago, we bought Aiden a new watch. The idea behind it was that he could go out and play with his friends and know what time he had to come home. More-so, I wanted him to have a watch when school started because last year he was coming home 20 minutes later than he was told to (I didn’t realize it took an hour for a 15-minute walk down the street) which led me to believe that he had no sense of time whatsoever. So he picked out a fancy Indiglo model that had a Velcro strap. It looked really cute on him (don’t tell him I called him cute, he might squeal and run away covering his head for fear that kisses may follow).

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Lesson of the Day: If You’re Not Sick…

Today’s Lesson: If you’re not sick by the end of your visit, then escape while you can and don’t change your ticket.

Almost guaranteed, every time that Ian’s mother comes to visit she winds up getting sick while she’s here (either a cold or a flu). This year, her three week visit got cut short by a week due to unfortunate circumstances. We asked when she got here if she was planning to extend her visit for another week into September to make up for the one she missed but, at the time, she was unsure. Then, in the middle of her second week, she decided she would stay a third week after all.

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