This week has flown by so quickly! Our bedtime stories have been a little repetitive due to James suddenly deciding he needs his bed at around 6.30pm instead of the usual 7-8pm. Fine by me, but a little unexpected. It is nice that he just drifts off more peacefully than if we ‘let’ him stay up longer. He gets a bit over wound if he’s up too late, I’ve noticed, and it’s in sharp contrast to these earlier nights. The clocks going forward has nothing to do with it, I think, because it’s so light when he’s off to bed at the moment, and he dropped his daytime nap using the logic that the moon wasn’t in the sky and the street lamps are not on.
So, on Monday our bedtime story was George and the Dragon from last week. If it ain’t broke… It’s a nice story, so there’s no issue with reading it again this week! Noah also enjoys this tale, and it’s given James an excuse to dig out the Welsh Dragon we bought at Carnarvon Castle a while ago.
On Tuesday we read Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.
This is a Kindle book we own, because on Amazon it was just a few coppers on the day I looked for it, and the hardcover version was around £12. Kindles are easier to read in the dark, anyway!
The story is about big vehicles on a construction site who get ready for bed and go to sleep after a hard day of work, so that they can be rough and tough again the next day after a lovely rest. Nice message, huh? James of course, the vehicle fanatic that he is, LOVES this book. I think if we had it as a book it would be his absolute favourite. As a Kindle it doesn’t have that same draw.
On Wednesday we listened to this book’s music. It is called Don! DoCoMo! Don! Drums, and is Japanese.
We cannot, alas, read the Japanese, so we play this book as a matching game. The big pages of the book have pictures that are repeated on the buttons, which you press to make the music play. It plays eight songs, some are playful, happy songs, one or two are a bit more peaceful. They’re pleasant enough. If I had one negative to report it would be that there’s no volume control.
Sometimes James likes to use the drumsticks, but often, when he’s sleepy, he likes to just hear the tunes. Each page also has the sheet music on, and my Dad drums along to the beat when he visits, and James brings this book out.
I mentioned last week that James gets a book from his preschool each Thursday, and this week’s book was called Where, Oh Where is Huggle Buggle Bear?
This child has lost their bear, and they walk around their house, following their bedtime routine – snack, mess around, bath, bed, until they decide they’ll just have to go to sleep without Huggle Buggle. There’s nice repetition in this book and it has a good rythmn that can even make the reader all yawny.
On Friday and Saturday we have read the same book! On Friday I actually got a night off bedtime duty, as you’ll have known if you spotted this tweet from me.
Pretending to feed Noah so I don’t have to do bedtime… Just one night off, please!
— Helena Blakemore (@tweetinghelena) April 3, 2015
And so, I got going on my latest book from the library in their #ReadRegional series – Letters to My Husband, by Stephanie Butland. It’s the story of a woman whose husband dies suddenly in a drowning accident, and her life is turned upside down. I’ve only just got going, but I’m enjoying it. I’m not sure if I’ve guessed correctly that there’s something between the husband and the girl he saved… So, it’s a bit of a page turner!
What have you been reading?