I just put my babies down for a morning rest.
Before every nap/rest and before bedtime, I have started reading them a chapter from a childrens novel.
I used to do this when they were first brought home.
I think I did it then to save my sanity.
You see, I love to talk and I found the long days alone with the girls while they still slept for 18 hours in the day were tough for me.
So I would read.
I read out loud.
Anything at all, just to keep my sanity.
I stopped doing this when the girls were able to move. They would crawl all over me and try to steal the books and rip the pages. It was too frustrating to always be moving the book and fend off attack babies.
So we stopped this beloved practice.
I decided to start it again just recently.
You see, a couple week ago a new phase for my children set in. They have become very sensitive (especially Chloe). The cry alot more and alot louder. If you look at them the wrong way they will scream bloody murder, and you don’t even want to know what happens if we tell them no.
They scream more and steal each other toys, southers and blankets.
They will cry if I walk out of a room even for the slightest second.
Choas ensues when myself, Court or my parents actually leaves the house without them.
They get themselves all in a tizzy.
It can be very hard to get them to calm down.
At this point I will try anything to keep the peace and calm energy in my house.
So I started reading novels to them again.
Not in the conventional way, where the little ones sit in your lap calmly and happy while you read a book to them. i doubt my children will ever be able to do that.
I do it in a much more logical way.
I plunk them in their crib and sit far enough away that they cannot grab the pages of the book.
Sometimes they cry, fuss or scream and I just keep reading.
Each day the crying last less and less.
The calmness of my voice and consistency of the dialogue seems to get them to calm down. They even lie down with thier duckie or bear-bear and relax.
It can be quite nice.
Calm and peaceful.
and if it is only for story time that I get peace for the day, then it is worth it.
It is better then nothing.
This morning we just finished ‘Charlotte’s Web’.
I forgot how fantastic that book is.
It is deep, philosphical and simply just cute.
Next I think we will read ‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl.
“This hallowed doorway was once the home of Charlotte. She was brilliant, beautiful, and loyal to the end. Her memory will be treasured forever.”
-Charlottes Web (EB White)
I hope you all have a wonderful day!