Bed, Books, and Ballet

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I am thrilled to be  linking up again with Jess and Ashley for the Little Things link up.

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Something that may seem little or insignificant is a nightly routine, but my daughter Elin’s nightly routine is very special to me and her. Every evening after she gets her pajamas on, we sit in her pink chair and read anywhere from three to eight (depending on how tired she is) books.

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Then when I get up to turn off her light, I turn on her piano music box. She received this box from us for her first birthday. When you turn the piano on by pressing the keys, it plays music, lights up, and tiny ballet dancers twirl around and appear to be dancing. It’s so detailed and Elin loves it! She loves to watch it, but perhaps her favorite part now is that when I turn it on, I twirl her around and dance. She has the biggest smile on her face and she laughs the most precious laugh.

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Then the next part of the routine is turning off the light and rocking her in her rocking chair a couple minutes. Long enough to sing, “You are my Sunshine” and then “You are my Elin” to the tune of “You are my Sunshine”. Honestly, she doesn’t need this part at all anymore, but I do it anyway because I like this part. Especially because she lays her head on my shoulder and holds my hand. She doesn’t sit still very long during the day, so this moment in the bedtime routine is very precious to me.

It may just be a “little thing”, but Elin loves it and I think she loves that she can expect it every time I am the one to put her to sleep. Elin has been the best sleeper and miraculously she has never had any issues with waking up at odd hours of the night. I don’t know how we got so lucky, but I like to think her consistent and happy bedtime routine has something to do with it. I hope she continues to love her stories, music box, and rocking before bed.

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Come on everybody, it’s Gymbo time!

Elin is full-on obsessed with Gymboree class. We go every Saturday morning and she usually attends an open gym session during the week. We started her Gymboree classes around 16 months. She does not attend daycare since my mom watches her during the day, so this is an excellent opportunity for her to interact with other children in her age range.

It’s fun to see how much she has changed in the 4 months we have been going to class. In the beginning, she wanted to check everything out, but she was a little timid to climb on all the equipment. Now she is a pro at climbing on everything. I personally like that there is a portion of the class that is a structured activity. I feel like it’s a great introduction to following instructions in a class setting. Her absolute favorite parts are riding on the parachute and bubble time.

So far, Gymboree has been a wonderful experience for us and we hope to continue attending in the future.

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