It’s true, kids really do say the darndest (and cutest!) things. Baby E is 3 1/2 years old now, and she is a little chatterbox! To capture some of the hilarious things she says, we’ve started a Memory Jar. I cut up a bunch of slips of paper, and made a little pocket on the outside of a jar. My husband and I try to record as many of Baby E’s sweet or funny comments as we can. On New Years Eve we open the jar and read the comments together. Best night of the year! I then glue all of the slips of paper into an album so we can look back on the years. It’s a tradition we started a few years ago, and it’s been wonderful.
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In our family, we love music. We listen to music while we cook, eat, shower, play games, or drive in the car. And we love to sing! We have a number of children’s CDs, and we love nursery rhymes.
Baby E definitely has her favorite songs. As much as her Dad and I would love to listen to other songs on our ‘Music Together’ CD, we rarely make it past song #1: “Hello song”. Don’t get me wrong; it’s a great song, and you’ll often catch me singing along in the car. Sometimes I’ll even drop Baby E off and head off to work and it will be 5 or 10 minutes before I realize that I’m still listening (and singing!) to her CD! But on a 30 minute drive to town, listening only to this one minute and ten second song … I’m not going to lie, it has the potential to get a bit tiresome!
She has other favorites as well. On the same (Hello) theme, Nan recently discovered that Baby E loves the song “Little Sir Echo”. This is another wonderful thing about becoming a parent. I had forgotten all about this song, but as soon as I heard my Mom singing it with my daughter, all of the memories came back: singing the song with my parents and brother as we explored little caves on the beach, singing in the bath, and filling long car rides with sing-alongs and rounds!
Our love of music and nursery rhymes is starting to show! The other day we were playing, and ticking Baby E. We wiggled her toes and said “What are these?”. Her immediate response? “Piggies!” I guess we have all been singing a lot of “This Little Piggy went to market” with her!!
Uh-oh. I think we may have contributed to our daughter’s first fear.
So, the other day my Mom and I were sitting on the floor with Baby E. I noticed a little bug making it’s way towards her. It was sort of hopping along, getting closer and closer to my little girl. So I think I may have exclaimed “ooh! Bug!” and tried to quickly move my daughter while my Mom flicked the bug away. I didn’t really think much of it until …
The next weekend our daughter spent an afternoon with her grandparents. I should say that she absolutely loves her grandparents. As soon as we pull in the driveway, she knows where we are, and starts calling out their names: Nan & Bubba. We once had to pull back out of the drive, to park on the road, and she burst into tears. She really loves them.
Anyways, last weekend, Bubba was taking Baby E for a wheelbarrow ride around the yard. They were under the apple tree, picking apples, when Baby E said her first sentence! Well, maybe sentence is a bit optimistic! But our 17-month old strung two words together for the first time! (Proud Mama? For sure!) What did she say? “Bug … Up!”, reaching her arms up to Bubba! Hmm … Did we just contribute to her first fear?!
The next time that we see a bug, I will be making a big effort to not move away or act concerned – maybe even to point out how cute it is. We need to do whatever we can to squash this fear!