Thursday, April 14, 2011

Obsessed with the Silly

I'm obsessed.
I can't get enough.
I'm in LOVE with Sandra Boynton's board books. Serious silliness for all ages!
They are fun to read. They have adorable illustrations. Gunnar loves them. They're funny, fun and I can read them over and over again without getting tired of them. There are TONS of them...Every time we go to the library I look for them. But I think I've decided that I want to collect them all!

Here's what we have so far:
Horns to Toes    
Snuggle Puppy!
But Not the Hippopotamus
Moo Ba La La La
The Going to Bed Book
Blue Hat, Green Hat
Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!

We've also read and loved:
Hey! Wake Up!
Barnyard Dance!
Pajama Time!Pajama Time!
Hippos Go Berserk!
Your Personal Penguin

In other news...Gunnar is definitely teething for sure. How do I know? If he doesn't have something to chew on he's crying. And he quite literally points at his gums as if to say..."Owie, this is what hurts mommy!" Poor guy.  What are/were your teething tricks? I've heard frozen bagels and waffles (but I can't help but think...isn't this a choking hazard?)
Gunnar sitting in his first public high chair. I was delighted he didn't really touch was sticky. Now I see why mom's buy those shopping cart/high chair inserts. I'm all about exposing Gunnar to germs...but this chair was icky sticky!


  1. Love Barnyard Dance. You should try the Sheep books, too (Sheep in a jeep, Sheep in a shop, etc), and Max and Ruby books ("You can't hide from your egg, Max")

  2. I've been putting a spoon in the fridge to get nice and cool and then letting her play with it. Tons of supervision necessary, of course, but the cool steel seems to soothe her gums! She's got two teeth poking through already!!

  3. We LOOOOVE Barnyard Dance! So excited to hear you guys do too. Also excited to know her other books are just as good. Another book you might like (it's our absolute fave) is "Hooray For You" by Marianne Richmond. It uses bigger words, which is good for exposure, but is still rhymey and sing-songy with great illustrations (and a GREAT message)!

    We JUST did the waffle trick last night and I am LOVING it. It's so much more effective than the teething toys - they sort of know to keep "eating." I gave him half a frozen eggo waffle (choc chip was all we had, lol) and after nearly 2 hours of inconsolability, he was all good. (The baby advil may have also helped by then). It's generally not a choking hazard because they sort of gum at it and it's not smooth and hard like a hot dog or grape. But if Gunnar isn't used to gumming at things you should make sure you watch him the whole time. If you want to get him used to gumming safely, try Baby Mum-Mum's. We're obsessed as are the other moms in this playgroup I started going to. They're rice crackers and they dissolve quickly so they're not a choking hazard. They're not very messy - you can give them in the car seat while you're at a restaurant or on a plane and it's a life saver! They're in the baby food section, generally, in a box - different flavors, Veggie is our fave. Good luck with the teething!

  4. (by the 2 hours of inconsolability I mean to say that I tried EVERYTHING else to no avail but the waffle did the trick instantly)