Ok, I have an addiction to books. I’ve always had one, ever since I was a little girl. I just plain love to read and always have. I was the kid who would hide under the covers with a flashlight and read as late as I could keep my eyes open. Well, I figured it’s never to early too try and instill that same love in Eleanore. Already I can tell that she likes the sing-song rhymes of Dr. Seuss. And she loves Where Is Baby’s Belly Button. We also just got The Napping House, which I haven’t had a chance to read her yet, but it’s adorable. Amazon is having a 4 for 3 promotion, so I think it might be time to invest in a few other books, too… It’s important to me to introduce her to books that are kind of crunchy, if you know what I mean… attachment parenting friendly. No bottles, pacifiers, etc.

Books I’m eyeing: We Like To Nurse, Mama’s Milk, Mommy Hugs and Breastmilk Makes My Tummy Yummy. What Baby Needs looks great ~ it’s a Dr. Sears book, as does A Ride on Mother’s Back: A Day of Baby Carrying around the World , since I carry Ellie in the pouch everywhere we go, rather than using a stroller or infant car seat carrier.
Does anyone else have any other recommendations?

It may seem naive, but we really want dd’s exposure to commercialism to be as limited as we can get it. It’s our goal to try and live more simply. We can’t have a garden here with our apartment, but I can’t wait until we can buy a house and grow our own things. We do go to the farmer’s market almost weekly and purchase as much locally as we can. I want our daughter to know that vegetables come from the ground, not from the store, and that she doesn’t need Hannah Montana *everything.* So much junk is marketed to kids these days it makes me sick.

Although I do have an addiction to books, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by all our “stuff” lately, so I decided to join Paperback Swap. It’s a site to list the books you want to get rid of, and for each book that you send out, you get a credit you can use to request a book someone else has listed. Just for signing up and listing 10 books, you get two free credits. So far I’ve already destashed two books! I’ve requested two children’s books for Ellie, too. It’s great because if we don’t like them or just get sick of them, we can just relist them for someone else to enjoy.

Still working on the pair of shorties from Three Irish Girl’s yarn. I love how squishy they’re knitting up. No pics yet, but I’ll post them when I’m finished.

I do have a pic of Eleanore of course… She’s doing great, although we suspect she has a dairy sensitivity. I cut out all dairy from my diet for a while, and then introduced it back, and at first she seemed to be doing ok, but she’s been very fussy and spitting up a lot the past few days. Oh Ellie mama’s going to miss her cheese!
At her two month check-up, she was 11 lbs 5 1/2 oz and 23 inches long, so she’s apparently eating great! She’ll hold things now if you put them in her hand. Here she is with a great homemade wooden rattle I ordered from Earnest Efforts.
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5 Responses to “”

  1. rox Says:

    You know I keep watching that video of the little one. Makes me happy. Reminds me too of all you guys went thru before she wandered into your life. Full circle. I’m just gonna say it again, because dammit, that is what your friends old enough to be your Mom do – I’m soooo happy for you.

    Big hugs.

  2. Jen Says:

    I think it is awesome to start reading to her so early. My mom has been doing daycare in her home for years and years (like 20 something years!) and she starts reading to the kids as soon as they start coming to her house (sometimes at 4 or 6 weeks old) and it is so cool because a lot of those kids grew up loving to read!

    Cute pic of Ellie too! 🙂

  3. Sharon Says:

    Amazon has had the 4 for 3 thing for awhile now, and we have picked up quite a few nice books on there. I have like a zillion I could recommend but, here are a few of our favorite board books
    “Everywhere Babies”
    “My First Book of Sushi”
    “My Car” Byron Barton
    “Mr. Brown Can Moo”
    “Ballerina” by Peter Sis
    “Barnyard Dance” by Boynton
    “Little Quack”
    “Mouse’s First Halloween”
    “The Nose Book”

    Your baby is so adorable, btw.

  4. Sharon Says:

    oh, and btw, about the commercialism thing. Have you read “Buy, Buy baby?” It is a very well written book about marketing to young kids. A really good read, IMO

  5. Sharon Says:

    I was reading to my kids earlier today and I thought of a few more really cute books –
    “Big Red Barn” also available as a board book
    “Dr. Suess ABC book”
    “Dear Zoo”

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