Among the list of shit the new doctor
told us we are doing wrong suggested for language development for a 2-year-old at home, we wrote off reading to him. We’ve tried and tried and it has never interested him. Remember the library story time from hell? Yeah, that’s basically my life story with trying to read to Humnoy so we just gave up.
The new doctor’s office provided us with a board book to take home as a new patient gift and, of course, to encourage language skills. I internally scoffed but thanked her for the new book (to toss into a Rubbermaid bin that houses the few dozen other books we have for him, most being from before he was born). Amidst my frenzy of motherhood denial, I actually waited a while to begrudgingly show him the book because he would either deny it or flip through two pages then throw it to go ride his bike. I didn’t want to be disappointed, in either scenario or at myself as a parent.
Pride aside, I told him he got a nice gift from the new doctor and he checked it out and actually looked through it for longer than I can say, “Let’s sit down and be still!” He pawed at it periodically throughout the day when it was in plain sight and then we reached a breakthrough. When I was taking Lanoy to her nightly potty session, Humnoy and Gym Hottie sat together with that book. As she was taking her sweet baby time going both poop then pee and sometimes even falling asleep, I am amazed to hear GH’s voice at completion. I look up to hear them discuss the book and I begin to cry.
I’m crying because Humnoy has never finished an entire book in his life. They’re tears of joy for a sweet boy, who just needed his own time to be ready to enjoy a reading. The tears are a release of relief and a real-time reminder that not all is lost and that a single medical observation doesn’t mean shit. At age two, Humnoy finally sat still and long enough to listen to a book and I’m so freaking happy. I’m so proud of the progress he’s made in the few days with the minor yet extremely rewarding tweaks we’ve included in our daily routine. It can only get better, I think!
When did your child(ren) start to enjoy reading books?
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