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Lullabies

By my calculations, Forest has heard the songs “Star of the County Down” and “Wild Mountain Thyme” a bare minimum of approximately 800 times each.  I’ve sung both songs to him as lullabies almost every day since his birth, and multiple times per day the first six months or so.  Donald (Daddy) does an excellent Scottish brogue when singing both songs to Forest.  Forest is also showing an early predilection for contra dance moves–he has been practicing his allemande lately.

Lullabies and other music have been a big part of Forest’s life.  Since he was difficult to settle and put to sleep as a baby sometimes, we ended up singing him many, many songs every day while holding and rocking or bouncing him.  Donald used to go through his entire repertoire of songs for naps while I was at work, and then I would often go through my entire repertoire of songs to put him to sleep at night and sometimes in the middle of the night.

Forest loves to listen to music on the I-Pod stereo, but especially on CDs where he can ask us to change out the CD often.  He likes opening and closing the door for the CD player, opening jewel cases, and pressing play on the device.  I’ve often thought that I should just spend a day putting the rest of our CDs on the I-Pod to clear up some clutter, but Forest definitely prefers the many tactile joys involved in listening to CDs over the relatively boring couple of buttons to press on the I-pod.  Here is a picture of Forest with his Mozart CD.

We should find someone to visit who has a turntable and vinyl records.  That would really blow his mind!  Of course, it can’t be my brother Don who cares deeply about his record collection and probably wouldn’t appreciate the adorable cuteness of his nephew scratching an expensive needle across his precious Beach Boys album.

Forest comes by his love of music quite honestly.  Here’s the rundown on his father’s side:  Grandma Miriam has a Master’s in Piano, plays organ and piano professionally, and is a music teacher.  Aunt Evelyn has a Master’s in Voice, sings opera, teaches music, and plays piano.  Uncle Billy plays electric bass, trumpet, sings, and plays with a band.  Aunt Clara has a Master’s in music technology, is an elementary music teacher, plays guitar and piano, and sings  with a band.  Forest’s Grandaddy Charles can lecture for hours on Mozart and claims to have a superior aesthetic sense.  On Forest’s mother’s side:  His maternal grandparents passed away before he was born, but they loved music.  His maternal Grandmother Ada played piano beautifully and loved to sing.  Grandfather Norman played a bit of guitar.  Uncle Walter plays viola and has a giant digital music collection.  Uncle Don plays tenor saxophone and has a giant vinyl record and CD collection.  Mommy plays piano, viola, and loves to sing (all rather ineptly, but it brings me joy).

To top it all off, Mommy and Daddy met contra dancing to lovely, live Celtic music.  So, when Forest was just a wee glint in Daddy’s eye, there was music in the air!

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Boru’s Ghost at the Tecumseh Public Library & Forest’s First Contact with “The Law”

Tonight, Forest, Donald and I went to a very nice outdoor concert of a local, Celtic band, Boru’s Ghost.  I worked at Metro Library with one of the band members and we contra dance with the drummer and his wife.  The library staff did a great job of hosting the band in a park outside the library, and the Friends of the Tecumseh Library paid for the concert.

Forest really loved hearing the music and being outside.  He is sometimes a bit fussy off and on in the evenings, but he was so enthralled with the experience that he forgot to fuss!

I work with the Tecumseh library, and it was fun showing Forest off to my colleagues.  We got to meet another baby, Brentley, the grandson of the branch manager.  Brentley was born just one week after Forest.

On the way home, we got pulled over for having a headlight out, but Forest slept through his entire first contact with The Law.

traveling with baby

Yesterday evening, we walked downtown with Forest to Sips Coffeehouse, totally unplanned.  We were just on a walk with Forest in the sling, and we hadn’t even packed a diaper bag, so we stopped by Dollar General to pick up some diapers and wipes first.  I love that we were able to be spontaneous and just decide to head that way; I attribute that mostly to Donald’s laid-back attitude as a parent.  He seems much less nervous than I am and doesn’t focus on all of the “what-ifs.”

When we arrived at Sips, we were treated to the sounds of a really good jazz trio playing old standards and ate some tasty food.  Forest seemed to enjoy the evening overall.

Today, we went to Edmond to recycle plastics #1-7 and for me to work more on cleaning out the garage at my Edmond house to get it ready to sell.  My wonderful friend Teresa watched Forest while Donald graded papers and I sorted through stuff in the garage.  Then we headed over to Ann & Michael’s house to eat a lovely vegan/vegetarian dinner.  Jean, Teresa, and Katherine Ann joined us.  Forest really enjoyed the conversation of many people at the dinner table.