Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Ryden's Little Library

Most of his library sits on top of my piano right now.
Ryden now has 51 books (61 if I included his Children's Encyclopedias). It may sound like a lot for a six month old, but I'd really like him to have a huge collection of books. I loved story time when I was little. Begging for one more book to be read. I plan on being one of those moms that reads with my child. Hopefully, reading will be one of his hobbies. Whatever the Harry Potter or Hunger Games book is, I want to have conversations with him about it. A mom I know does this. She has an amazing relationship with her very smart daughter. I admire that. I don't know how many books we'll end up with by the time he turns one, but it'll be a never ending collection. Maybe I'll even do rewards in the form of books.

His 50th book came from a six month birthday exchange within the moms group I'm a part of. The 51st book was one that I made. When we went to the zoo, I made sure to get pictures of a variety of animals. Ever since my friend Allison told me about Shutterfly putting out free codes for photo books, I watch for them. Either from Shutterfly or Snapfish. I scored a pregnancy book, Ryden's 1st Christmas book, and made a Father's Day Book for my Father-in-Law. I didn't have to wait long for Shutterfly to put out a new code. When they did, I took the pictures from the zoo and made Ryden's First Trip to the Zoo.

It's his first animal book. I designed it with 1-2 animals on a page along with the name of the animal. Flamingo, Elephant, Lion, White Tiger, Gorilla, Alligator, Pelican, and the list goes on. I also included a few of the baby and family pictures. The shipping is a little pricey, but still cheaper than buying a book for the regular price. And it came out great.