The 52 Project 2014: 6/52

the 52 project2“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014. My goal for the year: highlight her most recently acquired and/or favorite skill, activity, or milestone, in hopes to document her blossoming personality and mind as well as her physical appearance. ” See my series HERE6 week 2014*seconds later, Mia pressed her face against the bunny for a hug*

This kid loves her books. Did I say “love”? I meant she’s fascinated with them. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had mini panic attacks over sudden and prolonged silence in the house, only to find her sitting quietly in her room flipping through the pages of a book. I tell ya, those are moments to remember.

When Mia wakes up in the morning and is waiting for Mama to come greet her, the word “book” is usually one of the first words out of her mouth as she points a finger in their direction.

When she goes down for a nap or bedtime, she does her best to convince me to let her sneak a book into her crib with her.

Before bed each night in her bedroom, I sit on our glider with Mia on my lap and will read 5 or so books to her to wind down before lights out. She turns the pages for me, makes the sounds of all of the animals and will point out the images she recognizes and verbally identifies them.

At feeding times, she loves to read her books while Mama shovels food into her mouth.

And during those in-between moments in the day, she’ll take my hand and lead me into her room saying, “Book! Mama! Peez! (please)” Once we’re in her room, she leads me to her reading rug where she’ll sit down and pat the space on the floor beside her saying “Sit, Mama. Sit!”

My favorite part of her book lovin’ is listening to her “read” while she does just about all of the above. Her reading is mostly made up of mumbles and gibberish but every once in a while I’ll recognize words and sounds that she points out from the pictures. Oh, it’s just the sweetest thing! As a parent, you never know just how much your kid is picking up while you read to them. Hearing her read on her own and make the sounds that I make during story time, or repeat words that I use to describe certain pictures, just confirms to me that she is listening…and that story time with my baby is more valuable than I had realized.

Just for fun, this is the portrait from last year’s week 6 in 2013.

6 week 2013

Like last year, each of my weekly posts will include the following list of my favorite few portraits from the week prior at Practising Simplicity’s linkup. You can check out the rest of the entries from week 5 here.

  • A Piece of Sweet Moment: Get a load of these amazing portraits! My 3 faves: peeking from behind the door, foot portraits and those eyelashes peeking over the tub! I mean, perfection!
  • Megpie: When a dancing partner isn’t around, your shadow is the next best thing! LOVE!!!
  • oscarlucinda: That tutu is TOO cute!
  • Lamb Loves Fox: Always, amazing work. Portrait #7 will make you melt in your seat.
  • Fields of Sage: Anna’s portraits are a definite fave of mine since this is the 4th time I’ve included her here. Loving the colors of both photos, that pretty little eye peeking out from the tent and that impressive bikini bump! I hate her in the most positive, friendliest way possible ;)

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  1. I take it as compliment, lovely one! Thank you again for including me amongst your list of faves. Much love xx

  2. Oh it’s amazing that she is into the books, and it’s even more amazing that you keep encouraging her to read! That’s the greatest habit we can pass to our little ones! BTW thank you for the feature! I feel so honored to be in your favorites list!

  3. Look at her big beautiful eyes!!! Also, my daughter is obsessed with books too. She is constantly reading them or asking me to read them to her. Such a great sign that our girls will grow up to be bookworms :)

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