Books, Toys and Snoop, Oh My!

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Oh how I look forward to reading to my little girl. I already will grab a book from her little bookshelves, plop myself down and read her a story. I just think it’ll be so much cooler once she’s here so I can see her reaction.

At first I guess it’ll just be blinks, blank stares, quite possibly tears and toots, but that won’t keep me from reading a story to her every day and night!
On my baby shower invites, guests were asked to bring a book instead of a card to sign their name in. This quickly multiplied the size of Lil’ J’s library. From hand puppet books, to touch and feel books, to bigger, children’s books, we’ve got a good stash going now! That and my addiction to Half Priced Books doesn’t hurt. I get Dr. Seuss books for a fraction of the normal cost.
There are a few books we don’t have yet that I’d like to get fairly soon. For one, I want a children’s version of The Good Book… The scriptures I mean. I need some recommendations for that! There’s SO many to choose from, and I want to pick a good one.

I’m also trying to get some of the “classics” like Goodnight Moon, Guess How Much I Love You, Cat in The Hat, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and others I have yet to hear about (which if you know of any good ones please let me know!)
I have a couple of books coming from It’s an online store that sells children’s gifts in the bundle, so you save money versus buying everything in the bundle separate. They have lots of book bundles, but I saw a toy bundle I had to get. A few friends kept recommending the Sophie giraffe to me… It’s a chew toy… Excuse me, teething toy, for babies. SO many people told me their kid/nephew/cousin loved it so I’ve decided to give it a try.
I’m a little worried that Snoop will get that crazy look in his eyes after the first squeak (yes, she squeaks, I told you it’s like a chew toy) and just wait for the opportune time to eat it up. I can just picture it now… Us coming home to find Sophie torn to shreds, Snoop with a satisfied look in his eyes. I guess training a dog to know the difference between his toys and the baby’s toys is a battle I’ll soon learn to fight.
“I didn’t do it” his face will say… And I’ll have to remind him that there are Lil’ J’s toys…And his toys… … Lil’ J and Snoop dog, I just realized our family is beginning to sound like a rap group.


We just got Sophie and our toy bundle and here’s Snoop’s first reaction:

(yes, I know I’m bad for taunting my dog with a baby toy)

Anyway, adding to Lil’ J’s toybox, is sending her the Learn and Grow Premium Bundle. I’m excited to see how she likes all of the toys, and I can’t wait to add the Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes and the touch and feel book to her collection.I’m also thrilled cause I get to share the gift of reading with you! 25 of you! Want a free book, or TWO? I know a lot of you like to show off your kiddos so this shouldn’t be hard.

The first 25 Readers who enter the Happy Baby Contest will receive a free children’s book!
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Step 1: Enter the Happy Baby Contest ( for a chance to win A Year of Diapers and A Year of Triple Paste.
Step 2: Send an email to with “babymakinmachine” in the subject line. will respond with instructions on how to redeem your free book.


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If Lil’ J starts laughing before August 31st (the entry deadline) we may enter ourselves! If you don’t have a baby, and can’t borrow one to make a video, there’s still a discount code you can use!

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  1. Hey girl,

    You should check out the See With Me children’s bible. I worked as a Children’s Pastor for 5 years (before heading back to school to become a teacher) and bought several copies of this for our Sunday School. It contains most of the “big” stories, and is just pictures. I loved it for telling stories to the kids, because I could just sit and tell the story, stop and ask or answer questions, etc. The pictures are phenomenal. It’s great for little ones.

    You probably want an actual Bible as well. The NIrV is great for kids. It’s the NIV, but written at a grade 3 reading level. Here’s a super cute leather bound copy: hot pink with a green dragonfly!

    I’m expecting my first baby in September and will definitely be getting both of these for her. Here are the amazon links.

    Check out my blog if you like – www(dot)jigglypops(dot)blogspot(dot)com.

  2. You’ve got to check out the Good Night World series. It’s not connected to Good Night Moon. It’s a series where children greet the different places around their town or state. (Sorry for the poor description!) Anyway, we have Good Night San Diego, Good Night California, and Good Night Beach for our little girl and I love them! Can’t wait to introduce her to all those places in person!

    I noticed they have Good Night Texas, for your little ladybug! Here’s the website:

    Enjoy every moment reading with your little miracle!

  3. I am with you on the book thing, I cannot wait to read to my baby! 🙂 I need to collect some more books though, and Goodnight Moon is on my list too! LOVE that book!

  4. When my boy was a baby I read a lot of Dr. Seuss and had some black and white illustrated books since they like to look at those colors and board books. Now he is 3 and we read longer books but still some Seuss.

    As far as dogs go, I read once to train your dog by smell. Put a little mint mouthwash on the baby’s toys and train them that the mint smell is a no-no to chew on. I never did it sadly, but it is a good idea.

  5. I LOVE the Eric Carle books. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, “The Very Busy Spider”, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See”. Those are three of my sons all time favorite books. And mine too. They are just too cute!

  6. When she’s really little, books with pictures of animals and other things are a big hit. One page might have 10 pictures of farm animals and the next, 10 of birds. No story, but most kids love identifying things (and the sounds they make and their colors and whatever else you can say about them). For the slightly older crowd, Mr. Brown Can Moo, Make Way for Ducklings, and (around Christmas) Mr. Willowby’s Chirstmas Tree.

  7. Mo Willems. LOVE Mo Willems. His books are fantastic. Short. Sweet. Giggle inducing. We read them daily. Several times a day. He’s got several different series. Knuffle Bunny. Piggy and Elephant. Don’t Let The Pigeon. Cat the Cat.

  8. I have started buying the Holy Cow book series for Moo. I think it’s a good way to teach her animal sounds, about God and she seems to love the pictures. Plus, it’s a chunky book that she can’t rip the pages out of. A friend of the family got her the Secrets of the Vine for Kids by Bruce Wilkinson. Love it.

    Of course, Lil’ J should have classics like ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ or ‘Tar Baby.’ Bill Cosby’s Little Bill series is good also.

  9. My little guy loves the touch n’ feel books, so I recommend those.

    As for Sophie the giraffe, yes, my dog Mac has had “that look” in his eye when hearing that squeak, and I’ve had to rescue her a couple times already. I just make sure to keep her put up in the diaper bag. My little guy LOVES chewing on her though, and she squeaks so easily which he adores too. Good buy! Plus, she’s the teether of the Stars don’tcha know 🙂

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