It's hard to believe, but Henry is turning ONE today! This past year has been a blur, filled with trying times but so many more joyful moments of smiles, laughs, hugs, and new achievements. Of course, I knew our life would change once we became parents (and it has, in so many ways), but since this is a book blog, let's talk about how my reading has changed since becoming a mom! I think most of these are fairly obvious, but that's ok!
- I'm reading less. I think this is a given - babies take up a lot of your time, so most of my reading comes after Henry goes to bed. And since my bedtime has also gotten earlier, this doesn't leave a ton of time each day for reading. But honestly, I'm reading more than I thought I would! I expected maybe a book a week, and I'm probably around two a week, most weeks.
- I ADORE children's books. I've always enjoyed buying books for my nieces and nephews, but now that I'm paying even more attention to them, I've found I really love children's books - the charming text and rhymes, the simple but important messages, the cute illustrations. It is such a joy to read with Henry every day because even if he doesn't totally understand what we're doing all the time, I love it and I hope that's coming across to him. And as much as I love books, I never really thought I'd be the mom doing all the voices and making all the animal sounds, but here we are!
- Henry's TBR is just as important as mine. I'm constantly on the lookout for new books for him, whether they are new or old, and I've created a wishlist for him on our library's website. I choose a theme or two each month for our reading, and at the beginning of the month I peruse our wishlist, check out several books from the library, and pick a few from his shelf. He loves touch-and-feel and lift-a-flap books, so I always try to make sure those are mixed in. We reread each book many times during the month, but I also want to keep things new and exciting for him.
- My identity as a reader is expanding. At the daycare, I'm known as Henry's mom, but also the "reading mom," and Henry is the infant room's "little bookworm." Whenever something about books or literacy comes up at school, they often show a picture of him, with his little books, and I love that! He proves that you're never too young to enjoy books. The director and I chat about books quite often, sending each other recommendations for Henry and the other kids. Although I would never want to force a hobby on my child, I know how important it is to expose him to all types of books, and so my identity as a reader has expanded from a solo activity to also being somewhat of an advocate for children's literacy.
- I'm planning for the future. My hope is that as Henry gets older, we will continue to enjoy reading together (and maybe that will include less chewing on books). Several of the books on his TBR are meant for older children, so that's a start! My sister is inspiring me in this area, too - her daughter Luna is 6 and loves to read, and Michele is reading and compiling a library of books for Luna to read when she's older, mostly YA books she thinks she'll enjoy.
Fellow parents - how have your kids impacted your reading? Or if you don't have kids, what big events in your life have changed your reading habits?