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Happy Half-Birthday, Baby Bookworm

Our Baby Bookworm is six months old today. Because she was born early, her corrected age is about 3 1/2 months, but she's catching up fast. She weighs 13 1/2 pounds. Her favorite thing in the world is her thumb (she discovered thumb-sucking about 2 weeks ago). She also loves a little stuffed monkey that Nana sent her, and a little white security blanket. She is for the most part sleeping through the night, which is a big help.

Pooh And she is aptly named. She does seem to enjoy books already. I sometimes read to her from The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh while she's playing on her activity mat. She'll calm right down and curl up on one side, thumb in mouth, while I read. As soon as I stop (unless she's fallen asleep) she's back to kicking and looking around. We finished reading the first Harry Potter book a few days ago. I'm still thinking about our next chapter book.

Whatdoyousee Baby Bookworm also likes to look at picture books and board books while she's lying on her stomach - I hold them up in front of her and turn the pages. Her two current favorites are Who Do You See?, a taggies book (a gift from Sarah/aquafortis) and The Goodnight Train by June Sobel (a gift from Alexis and family). The Goodnight Train is the first book with complex illustrations that has really caught her eye. She looks all over each page, taking it all in. Who knows what she's thinking... What Do You See? is much simpler, but she never tires of it. It's one of the few things that she'll grab on to (it helps that it's nice and soft for chewing, I'm sure).

Happy Half-Birthday, Baby Bookworm. Our lives changed forever with your arrival, and we wouldn't have it any other way.