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Requests and Sing Alongs

Not only am I in love with my daughter, but I'm in love with this current age/phase (especially when it includes her sleeping through the night). The Pumpkin has always been inquisitive and physically explorative. She's also always been pretty good about communicating, using both words and signs. And right now she is putting a lot of things together, which is really neat to watch.

I will likely be writing a lot of cute Pumpkin stories in the next week or two. I will do this both for your enjoyment of my cute little daughter and to document these things so I don't forget them years down the line. She's not always been easy as a baby, and we've been through quite a lot of fussy periods which I've talked about, so I really want to be sure to capture this stage where she is really happy, fun and funny.

Today, I will tell you about how she requests songs and rhymes, such as:
-She puts her thumbs together and says "bitsy bitsy" for the Itsy Bitsy Spider.
-She says "ah pa ba" for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (for "up above...")
-She points to her toes and says "piggie piggie" for This Little Piggie.
-She does the sign language sign for car and says "rown rown" for The Wheels on the Bus (which is for "round and round").
-She says "day" for Good Morning to You (last like is "...we start off our day."

She's also starting to sing some lines with us, especially for Twinkle Twinkle. She loves to do the last word, like I'll sing, "How I wonder what you..." and she goes, "Arrr." Or I'll sing the whole Good Morning to you song except the last word, and she'll say "day."

Sometimes she says the word right on time. Sometimes she waits and giggles while I and whoever else is around watch her and wait (like the little ham she's already starting to be), and when she's had enough dramatic pause she'll say it. Sometimes she'll whisper the word. Sometimes she'll start doing the words (or what passes for the words) to Twinkle and Itsy Bitsy Spider when she's playing by herself (and OMG! She's playing by herself sometimes!!! But I'll go on about that in another post).

Londo and I love to sing all the time. We often joke that our lives are like a musical, where we randomly break out into songs--real ones or ones we make up on the spot. It's really exciting to see the Pumpkin start to enjoying taking part in songs, thinking of the song herself and requesting them. My supergenius might just be a famous singer one day!!!


Becoming Mommy said…
THat's so adorable!!!!
paola said…
Too cute!

It's hard to fathom that it takes sooooo long for a child to decided it wants to play on its own. Before I was a mum, I expected that kids could entertain themselves really early, like when they start to crawl or something. And when I say entertain themselves, I mean actually play and not go and destroy something or get into trouble or take things out of drawers which is something both mine could do when they started to get mobile. I now believe that kids don't even need toys until they are around 18 months old, as they have the best toy of all in their carer and then there is all the stuff in the house which they love to fiddle with. Zoe at 18 months has only just started to play by herself properly. She has always played with her brother or one of us,or at least, let us entertain her, but rarely has she been interested in her toys, except books that is. Finally now that she is starting to get past this developmental hurdle do I see this ability developing.
Karen said…
How cute! I love that your family sings so much, what a happy home that must be.

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