I’m writing this while my toddler has her afternoon nap, having just had the absolutely adorable experience of hearing her sing herself to sleep with Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. If I hadn’t been elbow deep in dirty washing at the time I would have recorded it! It’s a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while now and I had to capture it today before the moment passes again, as these things so quickly do.
The last few weeks have really seen Little Miss find her singing voice. Suddenly she’s able to sing most of the words to her favourite nursery rhymes and we often wake up in the morning to her happy little renditions. It’s amazing to think that this time last year she was only just starting to expand her repertoire of single words beyond ‘Mummy’, ‘Daddy’ and ‘hiya’ (out of interest, we’ve always counted ‘garden’ as her first proper word!). Now she’s talking in little sentences and copies almost everything we say (dangerous!).
Of course one of the downsides of her increased ability to express herself has been the increasing frequency of the word ‘no’ (more about that here) and yesterday in the car we heard ‘don’t want to’ for the first time! This was when Mummy and Daddy asked her to sing yet again – we’re a bit addicted to hearing her at the moment but clearly conditions weren’t to our little diva’s liking right then!
Anyway, while it’s fresh in my mind and before she grows up even more, I thought I’d share Little Miss’s Top 5 nursery rhymes…
1. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star – has to be number one and always a favourite. I started singing it to her when she was just a few weeks old and it was one of the things that first made her smile in those very early days.
2. Baa, Baa Black Sheep – sheep have always been a favourite animal but now she seems especially keen on the ‘little boy’, often missing out the master and dame. Hopefully not a sign of things to come just yet!
3. Once I Caught a Fish Alive – this is one that caught us a bit by surprise and seems to have come from nursery, where they have a special music lady visit every Monda y. When hubby first heard her say ‘eight, nine, ten’ one morning he initially thought she’d somehow learnt how to count overnight! Our child, the maths genius – not likely with my share of the genes! But, without being too smug (much!) Mummy knew better. I realised she was singing that song and sure enough when we encouraged her to sing more she knew all the words. So hopes of a numerical genius somewhat dashed but it is great that she is at least already able to say them.
4. Hot Cross Buns – a seasonal entry that combines her love of food, especially anything even closely resembling cake, and singing. She says ‘ot’ rather than ‘hot’ and tends to skip one a penny and go straight in with two and add a third – always keen to get more cake!
5. Ring a Ring o’ Roses – currently her favourite action song, replacing Row, Row, Row Your Boat. She loves doing this one, especially with her cousins.
Anyway, it’s been so lovely hearing her burgeoning musical talents! I’m going to enjoy this stage before she starts heading towards the dreaded One Direction or whoever the naff boy band of the day might be in a few years time.
What are your little ones favourite songs?