Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A surprising first

Yesterday I decided to delay our arrival home by a few minutes.  After breakdowns in the car (by both of us), we needed a little fun without thinking about sickness...too much.

We stopped at the library.

This may not sound like a big deal to most.  And you might think that the kid who had a book-themed first birthday party would have amassed many books on her library card, but that isn't the case at all.  This was Baby Girl's first trip to the library.  And it was everything I had hoped for.  She was ready to run and just completely enamored by the number of books.  I first picked up my reserved book and then guided her toward the kids' books.  She trotted up the aisle, touching books and then finally grabbing one off the shelf.  She looked at me and said "book?" and I told her she could sit down and read it.  And so we did.  We sat in the middle of the small aisle of books and flipped through the book.  She then decided she was done with that one and left it in the aisle.  I put it back for her but told her that they needed to go back where we found them when we're done.  So she went racing through the aisle again and eventually stopped at another book.  She sat and read it for awhile, then looked at me and said "back?".  Good girl.  We put the book back where it belonged and then I guided her to the aisle I was aiming for--I wanted to get either some Llama Llama books or the If You Give a books.  None of the Llama Llama books appealed to her (they're a little long, especially when her attention is scattered while surrounded by books), so I grabbed a few of the If You Give a books.  I asked her if she was ready to check out our books.  I put her on the counter and told her all about what we were doing and she was loving the "beep" when the book was scanned. 

All in all, it was definitely a bright spot to a pretty awful day yesterday (we aren't even getting into the many meltdowns we both had and my poor baby getting quiet and saying "Mom-mom?  Mom-mom?  Cry?"). 

We'll definitely be returning to the library soon!


Cassie said...

Awww, that's so cute!

I actually took Andrew to the library with me earlier this week, too. I'd been nervous to do it, but he was so good and sweet. We didn't stay long enough to check out any books, but I can't wait to go back!

Mandy said...

Yay! It sounds like just what you needed.

We've gone to the library a few times, but the amount of books to pull off the shelves is way too tempting for the boy.