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Rose Fox ([personal profile] rosefox) wrote2017-05-30 02:47 am

"I love you when you're curious"

I took Kit to

A BOOKSTORE

today!

Specifically to the splendid shiny new Books Are Magic, which has an amazing children's section complete with big bean bags and a squishy couch to sit on. I recommend it highly.

Kit was very serious and focused on the subway, the way they are in new situations. [twitter.com profile] grahamsleight was with us and kept trying to get their attention, but they were too focused on absorbing all information from the surroundings. But when they saw the books, they lit up with delight. They've been to libraries, and of course at home they're surrounded by bookshelves. They understand bookshelves.

They zoomed over to the shelf of board books and picked out some familiar ones before looking at the rest. After a little while of watching them pick books up and drop them and bang them on other books, Graham said "Kit, look!" and rotated the revolving rack of Little Golden Books.

Kit: 😮

So then they pulled down some books and rotated the rack and that was fun. They were very puzzled by the Little Golden Books being so thin and would grab several at a time, thinking they were one book.

Eventually they went back to the board books. They liked grabbing multiple copies of a single title and waving them all around. They turned pages in a book they'd never seen before, got to a (fairly crude) drawing of a kid in a bath, and signed "bath". I nearly fainted. The other day I saw them turn to a book page that shows people dancing and start doing their adorable chair-boogie dance, but it was a familiar book. This was completely new. MY BABY UNDERSTANDS SEMIOTICS. WHAT.

(I later had some deeper thoughts about how if Kit can look at a picture that looks nothing like bathtime at our house and still understand it as "bath", that makes it all the more imperative to show them books about kids and families of all kinds so that they internalize broad concepts of "happy kid" and "family", and that ended with me buying two board books about kids with same-sex parents and emailing Rebecca Sugar via Cartoon Network Books to ask whether she could make a Steven Universe board book that shows Steven and his amazing loving cobbled-together family.)

[twitter.com profile] kissane and [twitter.com profile] dailyjuna joined us, and Graham read books to the kids (who were impossibly good together) while Erin and I kvelled. Kit spotted a little chair and pushed it all over the place. They repeatedly tried to go behind the counter. (I told them "You don't work here yet.") We eventually decamped to 61 Local, where Kit tried to drink some of my orange juice and had a remarkably contained meltdown when the noise got to be too much. Juna was tremendously sweet with them and I really hope they get to have another playdate in a quieter place. As soon as I took them outside they calmed down, and they stayed very chill on the bus and home. What a good Brooklyn baby.

Every time I wear them in the front carrier, people express amazement, because they are enormous and I am small. But it was so nice to be able to just go up and down stairs instead of wrestling with the stroller and have them "on my lap" when I sat down instead of needing to take the backpack on and off (which is really tricky in transit), and my arms are very grateful to my hips and knees for taking the load. As soon as they can walk up and down stairs with help, the subway will be much more manageable with the stroller: it folds up small and slings over my shoulder, and that frees me to hold their hand on the steps. But carrying both stroller and baby is just impossible for me, I don't want to rely on strangers to not drop my baby down a flight of stairs, and most stations don't have elevators. So in the meantime, I'm building up leg and core strength. Maybe I should start working out again.
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[personal profile] gingicat 2017-05-30 09:29 am (UTC)(link)
Your baby needs Todd Parr's Family Book.
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[personal profile] gingicat 2017-05-30 10:24 am (UTC)(link)
Well, our family doesn't look exactly like those families either, but we talked about that.
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[personal profile] mousetrout 2017-06-02 03:40 am (UTC)(link)
We had to do a lot of that, too.

The Family Book and It's Okay to be Different were two of the kid's favorite books until she was ~5.
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[personal profile] gaudior 2017-05-30 10:17 am (UTC)(link)
So completely adorable and excellent!

I keep meaning to ask; how old was Kit when they started signing? I've been signing with Fox since basically ever, but in a sort of half-hearted, I-know-you-don't-understand-this-yet way. Did you guys have a point where you started signing really pointedly, or was it just organic, or what?

Yay, babies!
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[personal profile] kiya 2017-05-31 09:30 pm (UTC)(link)
ER (aged two) has a few signs (we've never been systematic about it, but there's still stuff) so we get 'pees mo' with accompanying signs a lot. Also she says 'thank you', but only in sign.
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[personal profile] justphoenix 2017-05-30 02:57 pm (UTC)(link)
I admire your ability to use the front carrier! I did it last over Christmas-I thought it would be easier than lugging a stroller through the airport-and it was doable, but rough.

I suppose I should do a back carrier, but I'm always worried about moving wrong and hitting Andy with something or someone, especially on the subway. I mostly rely on the stroller now.
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[personal profile] ivy 2017-06-06 05:22 pm (UTC)(link)
I am delighted by Kit's bookstore delight; how wonderful.