Another road trip with the little one (16 months old), very non adventurous one in terms of meltdowns :). She was much more prepared and so was mommy, we got her very excited for the car ride and promised her that we can spot a number of red buses (current favorite) on the way. She enjoyed the trip thoroughly, playing on the grass, the swimming pool and good food :). First time she stepped on the grass barefoot, she felt so weird made some faces and was not ready to take the next step. We distracted her and got her to take some steps, although she didn’t quite liked it. I never thought that the feel of grass can also make someone uncomfortable, her reactions surprise me in so many ways, its like being introduced to so many things all over again :). Anyways once she was confident, which by the way took only 10 minutes there was no looking back, she wanted to be there all the time. I am amazed how easily babies adapt themselves and move on, we adults on the other hand take so much time be convinced for a new task or adventure.
I have always loved reading books fiction, non fiction, autobiographies, travelogues anything and everything. I wanted to share the joy of reading books with my little one as well :). I started showing her cloth /rag books from very early on, i guess she was four months old. Initially it was just another toy for her which had colors, shapes and patterns but she simply loved looking at them. Then I introduced some touch and feel cloth books which are good for baby’s sensory development . She loved the crinkly sounds 🙂 made by books like the snuggle book and the Lamaze book. These were instrumental in building the foundation for the love of books. As she grew, the type of books changed. I started reading to her everyday, still do 🙂 of course it becomes a little challenging when they are mobile, she wouldn’t stay in once place but i would read to her everyday and slowly, steadily she started developing interest in books. She is 16 months old now and would not stop looking at books, she will choose and bring the books to me or her dad and would want us to read everyday, several times in a day. I love to watch the way she picks up a book herself, looking at the front cover first and turning to have a look at the back as if she understands it all (Who knows, may be they do :)). She has her favorites, some of them she never ever liked, some books had to wait for the love and attention from the little one. I will be sharing details of the books in another post.