Living life in the carpool lane..

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M loves Youtube. 

I think I’ve mentioned this several times before..

There are videos that use pop songs in the background.

There’s one video of a Play Doh Ice Cream Shoppe review that M loves to watch over and over again.  In the background, the song that is playing is Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream.”  M has seen this video enough that she knows and sings the song.  When she hears the song, she now calls it the “Play Doh Song.” 

There’s a fan video of Masha & The Bear using Demi Lovato’s “Two World’s Collide.”  She watches THAT video many times that she also knows and sings the song also.  When she hears this song, she now calls it the “Masha Bear Song.”

Sometimes in the car, she wants to hear those songs.  Lucky for her, I’ve owned those songs for a long time. 

“Mimi?  Play Doh Song?”

“Mimi?  Masha Bear Song?”

It’s the cutest thing.  The best part is her singing along…

What pop songs do your toddlers love?

Long title..  but these are the things that I realized about myself in these past few weeks.

It’s amazing what one learns about themselves during their daily commute from work.

1.  I still remember every word of every song from the first High School Musical.  AND it’s made me look up the entire soundtrack of High School Musical 2 to find that cool “ballad” sung by Troy and Gabriella.  I may or may not have been belting out “Go My Own Way” on my own while working on craft projects.

2.  I still LOVE Blink 182’s Dude Ranch CD.  Still.  LOVE.

3.  I still know enough words to Kris Kross’ “Jump” to make me sound somewhat legit.  Don’t ask me to do it on the fly.. but I can so keep up when singing along to the song.  THAT was very surprising.

4.  The Backstreet Boys STILL got it going on.. especially since Kevin Richardson came back..

That’s all I can think of right now.

I think that’s a good assessment of what I usually think about while I’m driving.

I think it also shows what kind of music keeps me going during those commutes.  It keeps my drive interesting.

What goes on in your mind during your commutes to and from work?!

M loves to sing.  She especially LOVES singing songs from her Sofia The First soundtrack.

I usually LOVE singing with her too.  Ever since she was born, I have looked forward to the day when we could sing little duets together.

But…

Sigh..

She doesn’t want me to sing!

:::Sob:::

Starting last week, every time I tried to sing with her, she’d do this whiny thing and just push me away.

What a diva!

I’m so sad!  Why won’t she sing with me?!

Ugh. Toddlers.

Anyone else experiencing this?  What did you do?

 

I am Little M’s human iPod.

I sing whatever song she wants me to sing at the drop of a dime.  This usually happens in the car…

“Coc!”
Sing the Doc McStuffins theme song

“D-d-d-doh-wah!”
Sing the Dora the Explorer theme song

“Map!”
Sing the Map song from Dora the Explorer

“Cub-back”
Sing the Backpack song from Dora the Explorer

“Ah-lya-lya”
Sing the Cinderella song from Sofia the First

Me:  Does Boots (from Dora the Explorer) have a song?
M:  Nooooooo..

It’s a good thing I really study the songs to know the lyrics.. I can’t wait til she can sing with me, or better yet, sing the songs to me!

I finally planted the seed into my darling little girl.

What seed?

Well, the musical theater seed, of course!

It all started one night when my mother kept singing “Happy Talk” from South Pacific.  I found the video on YouTube, but Little M wasn’t too interested.

Then, it hit me.

The Sound Of Music!

I loved that movie as a kid.  I would watch it every day and I had every line memorized when I was about 6 years old.

Why not start it now?

So I found “The Lonely Goatherd” on Youtube and pressed play.

She LOVED it!  She watched it over and over and over. 

The smile on her face was priceless.

I found the DVD and decided to show it to her on the TV and she was so happy.

I decided to try another song, “So Long, Farewell.”

She loved that too.  She enjoyed all the songs that featured the Von Trapp children. 

Now, you can sing the end of “So Long, Farewell” and she’ll also sing “Bah-Bye…” in her little falsetto tone.  It’s so cute!

She likes the “Happy Talk” song from South Pacific, but only when her grandma sings it, and she even does the little hand gestures like the video because my mom shows them to her.

I think I’ll stick to Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals for now.  We’ll save Spring Awakening and Avenue Q for later.. much, much later.

Being a mother means that you become an awesome songwriter..

Too bad I can’t write down the plethora of songs I have created when putting Little M to sleep.. half the time I’m making up words and can’t remember what I said if I had to immediately repeat it..

Some songs have talked about Little M going to sleep.. and have gone so far as to name off the various items in the kitchen..

Some songs talk about Hubby being at work and then coming home..

Some songs talk about the various burp cloths, blankets, onsies and sleepers that I put in her laundry basket..

Now while she enjoys my new song creations, sometimes the classics are what hits the spot for her..

Her current favorite.. Itsy Bitsy Spider..

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to sing it last night, IN LOOP!  And how many times I had to sing it today just to get her to go to sleep.. but for some reason, that song just works right now. (I may have just jinxed myself.. I better start thinking of other songs to sing in case the magic of this song is now gone!)

Little M is just like me.. we can appreciate new songs.. but it’s those classics that really make us feel most comfortable..

 

(Hubby’s favorite song of the moment is “Grenade” by Bruno Mars.. hubby sings it on loop..)

Hubby: “I’d catch a grenade for ya…”
Me:  Would you really catch a grenade for me?
Hubby:  I guess…
Me:  What?!
Hubby:  Yes.. yes.. I’ll catch it..

Me: What about your child?
Hubby:  Yes.. but then I’d be dead..
Me: …
Hubby:  Fine.. I’ll be dead..
Me:  NO!

Hubby:  What if I just kick it?  Then we’ll both be alive..
Me:  Ok.. (sings) “I’ll kick a grenade for ya…”

Hubby: …

Me:  Oooh!  That’s going on the blog!

 


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