Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Graduation From Storytime

A few days from now Lil Man turns 17 months. And a month from then 18 months. I don't know where the time has gone. I swear I was pregnant yesterday, so I'm not quite sure how I ended up with a toddler. The time is flying by so fast, and I feel like I've missed so much, when I know that I haven't.

For about the past month, we've been prepping for fall programming at work. And I started to get really excited about this fall's upcoming baby storytime. Over the summer, Lil Man had really started getting into the storytimes, and he participated a lot more than when he was just a bump on a log of a baby.

But then it hit me. Lil Man is going to be 18 months come September. Too old for Baby Storytime. And Ms. Kendra--the Baby Storytime librarian confirmed it, Lil Man is going to be moving up to Me and My Grown Up Storytime. And to be honest, I'm bummed.

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It's not that I don't like the librarian who puts on the next age group's storytime. I like her, and I know she does a great job. But, Lil Man just got adjusted to Baby Storytime and started to participate. I feel like shoving him in with the older kids, he's not going to be able to participate as well as he could in Babytime. At 18 months, he just isn't as capable developmentally as an almost 3 year old (the upper boundry of the group). Not to mention, he has friends in his group, and I'm friends with thier moms.

I'm torn. Do I take him to storytime and see how it all pans out? Do I keep him home for a bit, and let him mature a little bit more developmentally? Do I just, and I hate to use this term, hold him back in Baby Storytime? Or do I just stay home, and read some stories there?

No matter what, this fall is going to be bittersweet. I'll no longer have an infant or a baby, I'll have a toddler transitioning into a preschooler. And as much as it breaks my heart, I'm excited too, I can't wait to see how my Lil Man grows up.

1 comment:

  1. I've been wanting to take my little guy to our library's storytime for a while but I just haven't gotten around to it. I think I had the same hesitation because the one closest to our house is for ages birth to five years old. I'm like "that's kind of a big gap!" I'm worried it will be a lot of older kids and he'll be left out. I plan on taking him tomorrow to check it out finally. I hope it goes well for you and your little guy!


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