Baby Story Time!

Unfortunately, I accidentally left the camera in the car and could not get pictures (that would have been adorable!) of Genie’s first story time. So I’ll have to go back next week and have another “first story time”. Which is totally fine. In a few years, nobody will even know that her first story time pictures are all “fakes” because they are actually the second time. To spice things up, I will post some generic story time pictures to get things exciting and colorful on this site.

Basically, we had a meet and greet at the door,   and a “Hello” song, which I’m told they sing every week. Then we alternated finger-plays, lap bouncing and reading from a story book.  Then we sang the “Goodbye” song and then — the group leader pulled out all these cool toys that the kids got to play with.

  • Genie was too little to do any of the finger plays. She’s just starting to uncurl her fists and all she can do on her own accord is stick her hand in her mouth. So during the finger plays, she sat on my lap and watched my fingers do the routines.
  • She WAS big enough to appreciate the bounces. She got really into them. Not only did she bounce, but she stood up (with help, of course) on the standing and dancing parts.  She enjoyed the “toss in the air” parts. (Don’t worry. We just lifted the babies up. No actually baby throwing occurred.)  She not only laughed whenever I raised her hands in the air, she actually did it on her own when the story teller did it once.  I was totally amazed. I had no idea how much she pays attention to things and underestimated how aware of things she is.
  • The story times were funny. She loved being talked to and she liked staring at the book. But she gets more into staring at the printed words than the pictures. It’s still a month or so before her eyes can really see more details in images. Her eyes are very sharp, but she’s mostly into contrasts.  I picked up a few books with simple pictures to see if I could spark her interest in looking at something other than the text.
  • Play time was just too much! The library had big fancy toys you’d never be able to have in your h0use.  Genie spent most of her time with this giant foam brick covered with leather. There were various little toys sewn into it, but she was too little to get into those. She spent most of her time leaning on the brick and staring at the other kids. I loved it. She could really sit up on her own  by leaning forward and grabbing onto the brick. There were also some cute leather rattle toys. She would hold the smallest ones if I held them in front of her. Most of the time, she just dropped them after a few seconds, but she did manage to shake the smallest one around.  She looked so fascinated by it. I don’t think she quite gets that she was the one making the toy move. She seemed dumbfounded that there was this toy right next to her head moving around.

Anyway, we had a blast. Those of you with babies should get yourself to a story hour at your local library as soon as you can. As much fun as you can imagine it to be, it’s even better.