Anni is also still a book nut. Lately, she has started insisting upon having a book to read while I change her diaper. She gets such a look of concentration on her face while examining each and every page, all the while with her naked butt in the air as I get her changed. Pretty funny sight. A couple of days ago, she insisted upon having a book while eating dinner. I did not approve of this at all, as I wasn't looking forward to spinach-covered Dr. Seuss, but then I realized that I often read while I eat (usually Joerg eats while I feed Anni, and then I eat after they're done) and so I've had to stop that practice. She also, then, agreed not to read while eating.
Annika's bedtime ritual has been getting progressively more elaborate. It started with rocking in mommy's arms while I read (actually sang) one book (Miss Mary Mack) several times until she got sleepy. Then she decided that she would rather have several (usually around 10) books, each read one time. Then she decided that her stuffed Elmo needed to join us in the rocker, and in her crib when she went to sleep. Then she decided that her monkey also wanted in on storytime, and needed to go to sleep with her (this is the same monkey she fell in love with at the gas station). Now she has to have her stack of books, Elmo, monkey, *and* she has to have a pair of socks to put on her hands while being read to! Also, I have to sing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" one time before putting her into her crib. As complicated as it sounds, the whole process only takes about 15 minutes, and then she doesn't cry or complain at all at being left in her crib. She usually listens to her fish toy attached to her crib a few times and then goes to sleep.