Over the past nearly nine weeks of our family being in isolation, we have started a cute tradition at bedtime. My girls will video call their Grandparents at bedtime when they’re all in the pyjamas (let’s face it, they haven’t got out of their pyjamas most days) and about to get into their beds. My Mum or my Mother-In-Law have been reading stories from their bookshelves over a video call.
Not only is this a brilliant time for the girls to see their grandparents, interact with other members of our family and hear a story they may never have heard before. But it’s also a time for me to take half an hour to think for myself, maybe tidy up a bit or scroll aimlessly through social media.
Bedtime has always been such a chore for me. The most dreaded part of my day but listening to my girls giggling and just chatting to their grandparents has rapidly become the most exciting part about bedtime.
When Ladybird Books got in touch to see if we wanted to be part of a campaign they are running through until the end of May, I practically bounced at my computer with glee.
Every day the team at Ladybird Books are sending out a pair of matching books to a separated duo so they can still snuggle down for a bedtime story via video call or just simply over the phone.
You may or may not know that my Mum had a kidney transplant a few years ago. This makes her a vulnerable or shielded person in this current pandemic. Before the world was turned upside down, my girls went off once a month for a whole weekend to stay at Nanny and Grandad’s house. Being apart from her is causing heartache especially because nobody currently knows when we’ll see her again.
As a result of being a shielded person, my Mum, Step-Dad and brother have not been able to leave the house. Thankfully they are more than happy to stay at home and have adapted pretty well. My Mum has been drawing and painting, planting vegetables and baking loads, but that’s not the point of this post.
Although it’s become part of our daily routine to have a story read over a video call, this was very different. We had both been sent the same book allowing us to follow along, touch the book and interact far greater than before.
I wanted to give the girls their alone time, but listened in and snuck to take photos here and there. There was something heartwarmingly beautiful about this storytime. Listening to my Mum ask questions about the pages or my daughters pointing things out to show their Nanny, was so gorgeous.
The story, Ten Minutes To Bed Little Unicorn, is full of magic and a naughty little unicorn who can’t settle down for sleep. The pictures are stunning and it’s a lovely bedtime read for all ages.
Both my Mum and daughters all thoroughly enjoyed their storytime. I clearly need to start ordering more books to the Grandparents so we can recreate this style of reading again.
I’m so glad that we have been able to be a part of this wonderful campaign. I wish we could do this for every bedtime story. If you want to be in with a chance of receiving a book for you and a separated loved one, then head over to the Ladybirds Books #LittleBigMoments website and fill in your details.
I hope you are all doing well through this weird time. I’d love to see your #LittleBigMoments so please tag me in your social media posts @jodieafisher!
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. The books were gifted.