I am sure by the time A was the age BabyM is now, I was reading several books a day to her. I am also fairly sure that by the time A was the age BabyM is now, I knew her exact age in weeks, days, and potentially minutes. I know that BabyM was born some time in the latter half of last year, and is about four months old, but the size of a rather larger baby.
Anyway, I was having a moment of maternal guilt yesterday, which coincided with the others being out and BabyM and I being at a loose end.
I picked up Busy Toes by C.W. Bowie, which was a favourite of A's when she was small. One of the good things about loving beautiful books, is that BabyM has a rather lovely library of his very own, as I kept all of the really special baby books.
This one is particularly beautiful. It has an unusual colour palette for a baby book - oranges and purples rather than the boring selection of pastels some books employ. It appealed to me at the time, because I found lots of books of baby faces which were on offer were very white-dominated. This book has faces and, more importantly for the subject matter, toes, of many different hues.
It has rhyming text which is easy to learn, and plenty of opportunities for tickling baby toes, or pretending to eat them if that takes your fancy (one of the great pleasures in life, in my opinion).
BabyM was somewhat underwhelmed. In fact, he was rather more interested in listening in to his brother's bedtime story last night. Perhaps he is a genius. Or perhaps he was actually working on his grand plan to flick my glasses of my face and make me pick them back up and put them on. Again.