I really hope I can nurture a love for reading.
I think there is nothing more soul stretching as learning--which usually comes via reading.
Even though his new room is tiny, we managed to cram his little rocker and a book shelf in a corner and have dubbed it his "reading corner."
He has figured out how to make the chair rock and loves it. And, he's almost figured out how to get down from it by himself. I love that it was my father's and has been passed down every generation. I play with the idea of painting it, since it doesn't really go with the rest of the white/blue decor--but I'm not sure if I want to cover up that history. Such a fun chair, and it's so nice that it was free!
Another great free item we got (seriously, like half of our furniture was free--we are so blessed!) was this little, white bookshelf. My roommate and bestie, Yesenia, had it during college and bestowed it upon me when she moved back to the great state of Texas. It's the perfect height for little Carter and it's already chalk full of books. I think we might outgrow it soon!
When I'm reading to Carter he ADORES to turn the pages for me, as long as I lift up the corner for him. He usually makes a "hump" sound as he does it in triumph.
When he's "reading" on his own, he really just likes to pull out every single book and hand it to me. Then, when the bookcase is empty, he promptly expects me to hand them back, one at a time until the bookcase is full again. And then, naturally, start all over again.
I don't care if he stands on the books--as long as he's having interactions with them. I truly hope those interactions will someday turn him into a book worm. One can hope! I know I need to lead by example, as well. Be looking for a book list post soon!
Keep reading and growing that brain of yours, little man! Love, mommy.