(Except maybe some sandals in size 2. Her feet are so tiny that the size 3 sandals I bought in the spring, assuming they would fit her this summer (since she's been pretty perfect about wearing the clothes that match her age) are way too big. Petite little feet are cute. So, yeah, I just ordered her a pair of sandals on clearance from The Children's Place. Free shipping plus extra 20% off today! Their baby pajamas with feet are my favorites. And no, they are not sponsoring this post or blog. I really just like them.)
Anyway, this blog entry is going off on a million tangents when the point of it is that one gift I'm really excited to give her is a photo board book from Pint Size Productions. (They don't know who I am and also did not sponsor this post. I'll be sure to let you all know when I become famous and people start offering me free things.)
Zuzu loves books, but she can be a little rough on them. I'm pretty sure this is typical of almost-one-year-olds, but I'm looking forward to the day that books are for reading and not for chewing. I keep her board books in the front of the book baskets on the floor of her room and she only gets to read the ones with paper pages if someone is helping her (I'm envisioning some shelving solutions--that may happen later this summer).
She loves to pull out the board books and look through them. I love watching her turn the pages. Her favorite is still Good Night, Moon, but any book featuring farm animals is a top pick as well. She also has a duck board book with button you can push to make a quacking noise, and that one has been getting a lot of attention recently. Quack, quack. Quack, quack. (Why won't your battery die?) Quack, quack. Quack, quack.
Anyway. You can never have too many books, right? (Unless you no longer have shelving! #firstworldproblems) so if I'm giving a present, chances are that a book is involved.
Not being close to our families is maybe the only downside of us living in St. Louis, so I decided to create a photo board book that would include pictures of people we don't get to see often enough. The board book that Pint Size Productions offers is short--only 7 pages! This made things tricky because it just so happens that many more than 7 people love Zuzu.
So this particular book (creatively titled Who loves Zuzu?) just features her parents and grandparents (Including greats and steps, Zuzu is has five living grandmas. She's not spoiled at all.).
Putting it together was as simple as any photo book--I uploaded pictures of David and me (even though she sees plenty of us, it didn't seem right to leave out Mommy and Daddy) and all of Zuzu's grandparents holding her. The language is simple and repetitive, listing the people pictured on each page.
|Nana & Papa are my dad's parents|
I would love to do a larger photo book like this in the future, with more family and friends. I love the idea of Zuzu being able to flip through the book and name people we love who are far away--and hopefully get excited about seeing family and friends whom we only get to visit once a year or so. Maybe for her next birthday or Christmas? But for now I wanted a book that she can hold and man-handle (and maybe chew on a little) without damaging it. So this little board book should do the trick, and give her something cute to open at her birthday party!
|Yeah, we kinda do.|