With Ayaan, I started reading to him when he was just three months old. I got a lot of sniggers from friends and family alike about this. I guess it looked silly to some people that I would waste good time and energy reading to a baby who had just about learnt to smile…
In the last month, I have really seen my efforts pay off. Ayaan loves being read to. Just the other day, the most amazing thing happened. I had just got home from office and was walking through the front door. Ayaan saw me, gave me a smile and then walked off into the adjoining room. I have to admit I was a little hurt – this was far from the effusive greeting I have become accustomed to. A few seconds elapsed and he came toddling back, holding up a book at me. He was asking me to read to him!
He is also getting more and more interactive and involved with the reading too:
- For starters, he has grasped the concept of turning the page. His timing is not always perfect. Sometimes, he will turn the page before I am done reading and at other times, I have to say ‘Turn’ once I am done. But I think it’s pretty cool that he’s turning pages.
- He has his favourite books (Goodnight Moon, Moo Baa La La La and Hippos go Berserk). So he will go across to the bookshelf, pick out a book and then decide whether that’s the one he wants to read. If not, he throws that one on the ground and keeps looking till he finds one that is interesting.
- He often doesn’t want you to stop. After the last page is turned and you put the book down, he picks it up, turns your hand palm upwards and plops the book back in it. And then he starts to get fussy if you don’t read it again. Now this one is cute to a point, but after 5 readings of “Moo, Baa, La, La, La”, it can get a bit wearying.