Saturday, August 24, 2013

//What Mama Reads, What Baby Reads//

This series had a little hiatus, but I am happy to be back with one of my favorite bloggers, Brooke from The Vintage Souls.  Her family is absolutely beautiful.  I mean, she has two girls and I have two boys.  They are around the same age (i think Luna and Elliot are only a day apart!) It could be a perfect match, just sayin'. 

Greetings from the other side of the good ol' U.S. of  A! I'm Brooke and happy to be here today for Danielle to participate in this great little series she's put together on reading. I'm a New York based mom of two girls: Luna is 2 and Dakota is just 6 months new. I was never much of a reader growing up (more of a boob tube kid to be honest) and I'm actually not sad to admit that I lack any memory of my parents reading to me as a child. I DO however have fond flashbacks of watching TV with my brother in mini lawn-chair loungers devouring our dinner salads with blue cheese dressing all over our faces. So as I grew up, reading was only something I did out of necessity. It wasn't something I used to escape or daydream. If I needed to know something, I looked it up in a book. I discovered the library not as a kid needing to be shushed and explained the rules, but as a young adult eager to dive in with respect for the knowledge those volumes held. To this day, I don't like to read fiction but have an affinity for poetry and textbooks. I also enjoy working in the kitchen, and therefore love a good cookbook too.

When I started getting into vintage goods I was drawn antique books. I've since hoarded a cool collection of antique art books and even some really great vintage kids books that I look forward to one day sharing with my girls. But for now? Well gosh, they're just babies so baby books it is! I try to read to them each day whether we make it through several books or just a measly page. 

Dakota was recently gifted this four book set by my dear Aunt Janet. It's a well done baby set with great colors and images to stimulate. Two weeks ago following Dakota's well visit to our pediatrician, we stopped into a local bookstore before brunch. I treated Luna to a free pass to pick out whatever she wanted for being such a good listener all morning. Let's be honest...I was more persuaded to throw money at the situation knowing full well I was about to walk into a quiet cafe to try and enjoy a meal with my two babies, alone, and I needed something to keep Luna busy. She picked out a miniature set called The Nutshell Library by Maurice Sendak. It has four little hard covered books - perfect for little hands. 

For myself I sadly struggle to find time to read with two babies in tow these days. I read a few good books on nutrition while pregnant with Dakota and also a book on the JonBenet Ramsey case. It was my first crime/legal read and I found it really interesting. In the last few years I've slowly been following the nutritional guidelines of the Weston A. Price foundation so when I do find time lately I've been nose deep in two reference books by Sally Fallon. The first is Nourishing Traditions and the second is The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care, obviously a companion to the first. Neither of them are books I'm reading from start to finish but more so thumbing through and jumping around to what I need to know in the moment. 

Thanks again to Danielle for having me today. I'm very thankful to have met her through The Sling Diaries and by proxy lucky to have a glimpse into her life with her husband and two boys through reading her blog here. 

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