Thank goodness for audiobooks, folks! My kids would love nothing more than for me to read to them from sun up until sun down. I will often sit and read a towering pile of books with them, and when I get up to do something else they complain that I did not read them enough books.
I love to read. I get it. I love that they love to read, believe me, but I cannot read aloud the entire day.
Seuss was a needy infant. He was an extremely happy baby so long as I was holding him. And he projectile vomited all day long, all over everything had reflux, and the reflux was worse if he was squished at all, which meant that when I sat on the couch to read a stack of books with Seuss on my lap and T and Leo leaning on us, trying to look at the illustrations… well, it didn’t always go well.
My solution? Audiobooks. Sure, I still read to my children but I was not able to read as much as they wanted me to read during those early months with new-to-the-world-Seuss.
I made our own audiobooks. When Leo and T were napping (oh, that blessed nap overlap!), I would record myself reading some of our favorites aloud to Seuss while he snuggled in the k’tan, and then burn the recording onto a blank CD. It was easy to do and after several weeks we had quite the collection.
Sure, it took some getting used to on my part. Walking by your playroom and hearing your own voice coming out of the CD player is cringe-worthy, but my children *love* these audiobooks.
We have rediscovered some of these old audiobook favorites over the last two weeks, as my little poppies have been under the weather. It seems like I just made those CDs with Seuss snuggled against my chest, but my little Seuss is now three years old. Throughout the recordings, you can hear baby Seuss. “Mama?” T will ask, “is that Seuss making that sweet sound?” Yes, yes it is our little Seuss.
Those sweet Seuss sounds sure makes the CDs less cringe-worthy.
The best book, like the best speech, will do it all- make us laugh, think, cry, and cheer-
preferably in that order.