Reading is Repetitive

Why do kids want the same damn books read to them roughly 5,498,394 each night?

Will has a rotating list of roughly four books that we read to him. “Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See,” “The Word Book,” “I Love to Laugh” and then some touch & feel book we have that consists of patches of different materials doubling as animal skin. It’s crazy though, he wants it read to him over and over and over again. We try to move onto a different book and when we do he just freaks out and reaches for his favorites.

Are all kids this OCD when it comes to books and routine at this age? Or do I have a Rainman kid on my hands here. Is he going to grow out of this or am i going to spend my life hearing about what time Judge Wapner is on and avoiding K-marts my whole life?

In other unrelated news, Will had his 15-month check up recently. Here are his stats:

Height: 34″ (100th percentile)

Weight: 27 lbs 2 oz (85th percentile)

Head: 49 cm (77th percentile)

HE IS SO DAMN TALL!!! I’m not quite sure where he’s getting it because I’m 5’10” and MJ is 5’7″ at best. MJ’s brother is well over 6′ tall but no one in my family was blessed with height. He’ll probably plateau at some point soon but for right now he’s a giant. Our neighbors have a kid (also named Will) who is 5 months older than Will and they are the same size.

Oh for God’s sake, I have to go. Will just brought over his word book and is screaming at the top of my lungs for me to get off the computer.

I don’t even need the book, I think I know it by heart now…

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13 thoughts on “Reading is Repetitive

  1. Getting him interested in books is the best thing you can do for him. It is great that he loves them – and his world of books will eventually expand. There are more coming his way in the mail!

  2. I agree with the books. I know so many by heart I stare at the wall while I read them just to test myself. The girls seem to enjoy it so I just try to remember how funny it is (and how much my life has changed)and before I know it….Harry the Dirty Dog is over again!

  3. Dragon in a Wagon, The Hungry Caterpillar, Goodnight Moon, There’s a Wocket in My Pocket….

    Those were the 4 I read every night for like 3 years. This is WAY too early in the game for you to start going numb, lol.

    Besides…RIF ;)

  4. Not only will he want the same books over and over eventually he will be able to recite them himself…and be convinced he is reading…

    As a librarian I suggest Is Your Mama a Llama, Never Tease a Weasel, and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.

  5. For Lily (age 6) it is Jack and Annie books and Toad and Frog books, luckily she can read them to us now too, Isaac (4) Jack and the Beanstalk, Miss Spider’s Tea Party and Superhero Friends, and Benjamin (1) it’s Goodnight Moon, Guess How Much I love You and No Esta Mi Monstruo (That’s not my monster).

    They like the repitition because they know what to expect and can follow along better. Wait till you have watched Finding Nemo for the one millionth time!

  6. For the record, we have “Goodnight Moon,” “Goodnight Boston” and “Goodnight Cape Cod.”

    We also have “Is Your Mama a Llama” and I really like that one. Unfortunately, while that may be my favorite he doesn’t care for it. I also enjoy “Hippos Go Berserk.”

  7. It starts with three or four favorites and grows into a library full of books that they are reading on their own. My girls loved cuddling with Mom or Dad and “reading” from the same books night after night. Funny, I can’t remember them now. I think I did that on purpose. Wait until he wants books from the kid shows he watches, for example, Arthur.
    While it’s a little mind numbing now, you will miss it. But, you probably know that.

  8. Wow, he is a big boy! My lil man Stan is still a big-headed lil peanut: 50% height, 10% weight (only 21 lbs 3.5 ounces) with a noggin’ off the charts.

    And it’s great to see them get excited by books.

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