Before we had Jules, Robbie and I both read to the boys at night. He would read to Finn while I read to Bennett and the next night we’d swap. Now that we have Jules, one of us stays downstairs with him and the other reads to both Finn and Bennett together.
When it’s Robbie’s turn, I’ll check in on the monitor sometimes and I’ll see a Finn shaped monster wriggling under the covers while Bennett tries to sit on his head, or Bennett will be singing and spinning on the floor while Robbie reads to Finn, or maybe it will be some combination of singing, sitting on heads and reading, all at once.
I’m more strict with the bedtime routine. Bath, Brush teeth. Choose books. Then we all read together and after books we tell stories about our day. Then I hand out the imaginary baby red foxes and zebras (super important), give kisses and say good night.
But lately we’ve been running into Bennett’s old room (now Jules’s nursery) for five minutes of stargazing before I tuck them in. The nights are getting warm and we open the window so we can hear the cicadas and feel the breeze. We look for satellites and planets and airplanes and some of us (Bennett) pretend to see shooting stars. It’s a little ritual that I’ll cherish when they’re too big for bedtime stories and imaginary baby zebras and red foxes. But hopefully not for stargazing.
Now that we read to the boys together, the books we read are for kids between 3 and 6. Here is a list of the books you’ll currently find on the boys’ shelves.
(You can find our favorite baby books here.)