Whenever I talk to my sister, she tells me all the sweet songs that my amazing, adorable nephew can sing—you know, typical kid songs (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, etc). I realized that the fact that Henry’s repertoire is limited to Britney Spears, many of Kesha’s songs, “Thrift Shop”, and some Brad Paisley isn’t quite as endearing. So I have determined to sing more playground appropriate songs to Henry.
I started today with Old MacDonald. I sang a round, and Old MacDonald had some chickens. For the next verse, I asked Henry to name an animal. He chose a duck, and with a quack, quack here and there and a rousing E-I-E-I-O, we were ready for the next animal. Again, I asked Henry to choose the animal.
He chose a duck. I said, we just did a duck. Does Old MacDonald have any other animals?
Henry said, “No! He ONLY HAS DUCKS.” So we kept singing about the duck farm. Over and over and over again.
Henry was eating his lunch and I sang the Itsy Bitsy Spider to him. Fitz started fussing, so I picked him up and was dancing him around the kitchen while we sang. When we went through the song again and I was still holding the baby, I obviously had to change the lyrics.
“The itsy, bitsy Fitzy climbed up the water spout….”
Fitz took a ride up the water spout, fell down (gently) with the rain, and lived to climb another day.
I got baby giggles, toddler cackles, and an arm workout to boot!