I assumed that Coco would be our easy-going child.
But seriously. It's not that Coco is "difficult," it's just that, like her sister, she has a mind of her own, as they say. Very specific and clear opinions that are clearly expressed, in spite of that fact that her language is still rather limited. Often, these ideas are expressed by nodding or shaking her head emphatically. Other times, it's a pouty lip. Occasionally, she will throw things. And once in a while, she expresses herself by kicking, shrieking, and going boneless.
Girlfriend loves books, and she specifically loves books about Old Macdonald's farm. We have two of them. She requests them by saying, "Book? Book?" and then when I say, "You want to read a book?" she nods and said, "E-I-E-I. E-I-E-I." (It took a while for me to decipher that "E-I-E-I" was Coco-speak for Old Macdonald.)
If you are, perhaps, TIRED of Old Macdonald and his farm full of "moos," "oinks," and other nonsense animal sounds here and there and everywhere, you may try to suggest (or even insist upon) a different book. Coco will shake her head, yell "NO!", attempt to throw the book you'd like to read, and then resort to a full-out thrashing fit in your lap while she screeches for "E-I-E-I!".
So we're reading a lot of Old Macdonald these days, specifically in the form of this book and this book. (Side note: my friend Angie gifted us the poke-a-dot book and both girls still love it and are entertained by it without always requiring a parent to read it. Highly recommend!)
Her other bedtime favorites are, fortunately, books that I enjoy as well: Busy Doggies (this seems to be the newest version); the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; and (my favorite, because it has a little bit of a plot and the most adorable illusrations) I Am a Bunny (bargain-priced and adorable to stick in an Easter basket!).
She's (finally) gotten over this counting ladybug book which is FINE, but tiresome when it comes to repeated readings.
(I will say, though, that initially the plot seemed to be surprising for a kids book--it starts with ten lady bugs and they encounter an animal on each page and then one lady bug "disappears" so you count down from ten to one. I wondered where they were going with this that didn't end in a lesson about survival of the fittest, but I can assure you it's a happy ending after all.)
When it comes to children's literature, I can appreciate a beautiful picture book, but my sweet spot is chapter books, you guys. I loved reading Little House in the Big Woods to Zuzu (animal slaughter and firearms notwithstanding). We are now reading an illustrated version of Heidi (I bought it used), which is overly simplified (in my opinion) but she loves the pictures (just as she liked the occasional illustrations in LHITBW), so I still think it's a good place to start. I'm looking forward to Ramona and Charlotte's Web and, of course, the holy grail of kiddie lit: Harry Potter!
Mickey Mouse's [Godforsaken] Clubhouse continues to rule as favorite show, but she'll also watch Sesame Street and recently she saw Super Why for the first time (it's sort of about reading, so I try to feel good about that). The thing about Sesame Street is that (unlike MM), watching it doesn't make me want to slam my head into a wall. Still, it's not like I would sit down by myself and turn on an episode.
Last week, though, I hit upon a family-friendly show that held Zuzu's interest, though I actually turned it on to watch myself.
Did you guess Fuller House??? Are you watching it? Do you love it?
I heard a blurb on the radio about how they were bringing this show back and I knew I had to check it out. So Friday night after dinner when Zuzu was whining to watch a show and I was not about to sit through Mickey Mouses's [Godforsaken] Clubhouse, I popped over to Netflix and the Tanner/Fuller family.
I really didn't know if it would hold Zuzu's attention, but what's hilarious to me is that she laughs every time the 5-year-old kid, Max, delivers a line. As expected, the show is so cheesy and silly, but the first episode had all the right references and self-awareness, fourth-wall-breaking charm that it needed. I laughed out loud a few times! So it was rather pleasant to have a show that Zuzu and I both enjoyed. (Even David was laughing, after he groaned and protested having it on.) I mean, I'm not binge-watching this (although Zuzu would like to--she asked for another episode!) but it's fun to watch it with her. We've only seen the first couple of episodes, but I imagine we'll tune in again this Friday night.
So those are the books and shows we're into right now. Reading or watching anything good that I shouldn't miss? (I still need to catch up on the last two episodes of Downton Abbey!)