While I was pregnant I would sit in Zach’s room and rub my belly while reading him stories. All the while hoping and praying that my son would have a love for books and the places that they could take him. Some of my most relaxing moments are sitting back and reading a good book and escaping to another place and time.
Once Zach was born we continued our story time with him, usually at bed time. Sometimes on the weekends we would wake up and snuggle while reading to him some more. He loved it! I was beyond thrilled at how much and how quickly he found books to be amazing, I hoped and prayed that never changed. As he grew over his first year he found ways of saying “I love this book!” or “mmm maybe not that one today momma” but still loved the time we spent reading.
Now he is 15 months old and likes to pick out which books we read and when we read them. I love it, he will run up to his book shelf pull down a couple books and just lay there on his tummy while I read them or sit in my lap while looking at me to start reading his favorite book of all time. Goodnight moon!
“In the great green room there was a telephone and a red balloon and a picture of… The cow jumping over the moon And three little bears sitting on chairs And two little kittens and a pair of mittens And a little toy house and a young mouse And a comb and a brush and bowl full of mush And a quite old lady who was whispering “hush””
Zach always laughs when I read “The cow jumping over the moon.” I love seeing his eyes light up as I read each page. He points to things in the room, often times what it is that I am reading. He looks at me with such excitement as I turn each page. He will search for CJ to join us for story time; he really loves for it to be a family event each night if possible.
“Goodnight moon Goodnight cow jumping over the moon Goodnight light and the red balloon Goodnight bears and Goodnight chairs Goodnight kittens and Goodnight mittens Goodnight clocks and Goodnight socks Goodnight little house and Goodnight mouse Goodnight comb Goodnight brush Goodnight nobody Goodnight mush And Goodnight to the old lady whispering hush Goodnight stars Goodnight air Goodnight noises everywhere.”
Every time I turn the page to “Goodnight nobody” Zach looks up at us like “Hey there is a picture missing!” Oh my sweet son you will get it someday and I think that someday will be soon. I always hand him the book when we are done and he always hands it back to me to read again. We often read that book or a combination of books 10 times a night. Some might say enough, some might not even read it twice but I am always will to oblige and read it again… and again… and again.
At the end of a crazy busy day I look forward to that time with him. A time where our house is peaceful but the playroom is still a mess and we just snuggle. More often than not as a family, just the three of us, lying there together saying Goodnight to the contents of that great green room. One that I thought so fondly of growing up; it warms me to my core to see how much Zach has fallen in love with that same green room.
I have seen this a few times floating around Pinterest and Facebook but when I saw it a couple weeks ago it hit me harder than it ever had before.
It really could not be truer. Zach is now 15 months old, everyday it seems like he says something new. Has a new dance move to show us. Is expressing himself in some new hysterical way and I just can’t seem to find a way to slow down time. Even on the days I am home with him the time just goes to quickly. So if story time, which should only last 10 minutes, takes 30 minutes I don’t mind one bit. I will read Goodnight Moon until I am blue in the face or until Zach no longer likes that story… whichever comes first.
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