Get Bedder Soon

I haven’t written anything in a while because I’ve been sick–not once, but twice, possibly with the same annoying germs coming back and attacking my immune system for round two.

It’s the cycle of contagion, and it has officially hit our house!

I know, I know–Moms aren’t supposed to get sick. Except, sometimes they do. And while it may feel like it at the time, the whole world did not unexpectedly stop. The world kept moving. Mom just didn’t notice it–especially since her head felt like it was stuck in a dishwasher, unlike the piles of dishes sitting in the sink.

I have my wonderful husband to thank for the continued circling of the earth around the sun…meaning rush trips to the bathroom for potty training, teeth getting brushed, and his excellent referee skills. Poor guy kept it together even though he was completely down in the back.

Now I am back…kind of…maybe 80%. Just in time for our daughter to start round two.

Let’s just say that after four days, I am upright, caught up on the laundry, and both kids are relatively clean. Tomorrow is another day. Perhaps then I will tackle the dishes. Perhaps.

Luckily, the downtime has lead to lots of reading, which I get to share with you all! My review for this week is Mustache Baby Meets His Match by Bridget Heos, with illustrations by Joy Ang.

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I think I’m the only one in the house that truly appreciated this book for all of the utter awesomeness that it contained. Because it seriously contains A LOT of awesome.

Baby Billy was born with a mustache. Usually it was a good-guy mustache, but occasionally it curled up at the ends into a–well, you know. Good mustache or bad, Billy’s family loved him.

Then one day, Javier came to town. He was new and had a lot to learn, so Billy decided to show him a thing to two.

Did I mention that Baby Javier has a full beard? If this isn’t enough to convince you that this is the best book in the entire world, then the vibrant illustrations and clever interactions between the two babies should do the trick.

The only downside to this book…and it’s a pretty big flaw, here…is that the entire thing went completely above the heads of my two kiddos. They will agree to read it with me because they know how much I like it. But honestly, they don’t get the jokes. It doesn’t click that Billy wants Javier to be his sidekick. They don’t see the humor in the epic battles as the two become each other’s nemesis. And they don’t have the “That’s so cute!” moment when the two heroes of the story become “pardners in crime”. After all, a picture book is meant for the kids–not grownups.

So, while I would give this book five stars, my (nearly) five-year-old and my two-year-old would probably disagree. Unfortunately, although I LOVED this book, Mustache Baby will probably not make it into our well-worn, heavy duty, reusable library book bag again . . . unless I sneak it in.

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