Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Breeze in the Pines and the Sun and Bright Moonlight

In the past few weeks, my mini me has picked up my super sick spin moves. She would kill it at a Dead show, her little feet fly as she dances to any song on the radio, TV, computer, phone. She even dances along with her musical toys. She's got everything delightful indeed.

Happy Thanksgiving friends. Be grateful every single day (but pig out tomorrow).

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Monday, November 24, 2014

I Was a Kid That You Would Like

I had a great childhood, surrounded by cousins and great friends and people who pretty much indulged my every fantastical whim. According to my Ma Ruby, I was the best baby and sweetest little girl out there. I don't know about that, but all my memories of being a kid are pretty spectacular.

I hope Sophie gets to climb a lot of trees. I hope she rides her bike so fast that her feet can't stay on the pedals. I hope she stays out after dark and catches fireflies in a mason jar.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

I Dreamt I Held You in My Arms

Two years ago, the non-mommy woke up for the last time. From the minute I sat up, I felt it was going to be the day I met my daughter. It would take her a while, but Sophie was on the way. I think I sang this song all day long.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

'Cause There's a Million Things to Be

Cummings said it best with "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." And there are a million quotes I'm sure I'll use over the course of Sophie's life but I hope I'm able to really demonstrate how to be an authentic person, a brave person. Please help her be comfortable in her own skin. Let her know she should always be her own girl. Sing out, be free, sweet Sophie.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Hot and Heavy Pumpkin Pie

So I know this is basically the new millennial hippie anthem but it is also the song I remember hearing all the time when I was expecting Sophie. Of course when she actually got here, it became part of the rally cry on every trip to the NICU..."today is the day, today Sophie comes home..." And then on Christmas day 2012, it actually happened.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Everybody Loves a Comeback

It's a FRIDAY SONG...and one of the silly songs I used to sing to Sophie when she was in the NICU. The kid is back people!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Just Like Way Back in the Days of Old

Van Morrison has been my 'go to guy' for years. A long, rainy Saturday...throw on Astral Weeks or Hymns to the Silence and I'm good to go. Sunday drive? Moondance or Tupelo Honey, all the way through, sometimes twice. And Veedon Fleece, that's for the candlelight.

When Sophie was tiny, I was so exhausted I couldn't remember any lullabies, She got a lot of Beatles songs, James Taylor songs and a few Van Morrison songs. Boy, can I butcher a Van Morrison song! But I still sing this one to her sometimes when I need to rock her gypsy soul.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Rock My Soul

Some days there are no words and on those days, I listen to music all day long.

For Daddy, forever, for always.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tell Her She’s Your Moon and Sun

My kid is a good sleeper. Since we brought her home from the hospital almost 2 years ago, she's averaged 12 hours of sleep a night. Until she was 16 months old, we had 2 naps each day that were at least an hour. I feel really smug saying this but seriously, the first couple of months she was here, we woke her up at night for a bottle. Our pediatrician told us we were crazy and we needed to stop waking up a sleeping infant. So yeah, she's slept through the night since she was 3 months old.

When she was a few months old, we would do her morning bottle on the sofa watching music videos. It relaxed us both and made for a nice easy transition to day time activities. And this was one of Sophie's favorites. I don't know if it was the clapping or the cowbell or just the undeniable likability of those dang Hanson brothers. She was tiny but she would stop everything and just listen. Then the song was over and she would go back to whatever baby thing she had been doing. I played the song this morning and she danced like her feet were on FIRE...seriously, I see Irish step dance in her future.

The best part? If she turns into one of those dark brooding teens, I get to play this song to her over and over. We've even got video to prove how much she loves this silly song!

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Heaven was a Place Still in Space not in Motion

November is a weird month for me. It is of course the best month of the year because my daughter was born in November, on Thanksgiving as providence would have it. But my dad also died in November so there's that. But in the end, the absolute truth of it is this...I've got everything.

How can I be sad when I hear the insane giggling almost two year old ball of joy running her little feet off right downstairs?

Three years ago, I would have HATED this song, would have thought it was the cheesiest thing ever. But when Sophie was teeny tiny, when I would beg her to take just a few tiny sips of milk, this video would come on and I just knew it would be okay.

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