I have to share my new favorite photo of the two girls.
Wayne and I have said how badly we feel that Marissa just doesn't get read to. When Lindsey was a baby, and I mean a TINY baby, we read to her every night. By the time she was one year old she had a regular bedtime routine that included reading two or three books every night.
At 15 months of age, Marissa's bedtime routine consists of a bath and a long one at that; unlike Lindsey, Marissa looooves the water, a bottle and then bed. We rarely read to her, and when we try, if Lindsey's around she hijacks the book and the lap and ends up reading the book herself, and Marissa wanders away to play with a toy.
But despite our best attempts to make her a non-reader, Marissa has suddenly found an interest in books! She has one favorite one, "Tails," that she picks up quite often, playing with the tufts of fur and bumpy textures of the animal tails in the book. She loves flaps and textures, colors and shiny panels, and can now get absorbed in a book.
The other night we were getting Lindsey ready for bed, and were reading her books in her room. It was quite early so Marissa was still up (usually she's asleep by the time we're reading books to Lindsey), so she wandered in and wanted to "read" too. They were so cute together, Lindsey turning pages and narrating her book, with Marissa just turning all her pages and grinning.