Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sing, Sing a Song

Lucy LOVES singing.  More accurately, she loves hearing someone singing.  If you ask her "Lucy, do you want to sing a song?", she gets a huge smile on her face and hoots her enthusiasm.  Occasionally she will participate, humming along or huffing excitedly at certain parts.  Most of the time she will watch your face and mouth intently, so I try to give her a lot to look at, exaggerating syllables and basically acting as insanely over the top as possible.  (Unless it's bedtime; there's no unnecessary stirring of energy reserves at bedtime.) 

It's so fun to watch her face while you're singing to her.  Her current favorites are the ABC's, 'I Don't Want to Live On the Moon', and 'The Ants Go Marching One By One'.  I can sing these over and over, and there doesn't seem to be any exhaustion of their appeal in Lucy's eyes.  Because she hears them so often, she recognizes the different parts, and she gets excited in anticipation of her favorite sections.  Just lately, she's started singing along before you even get there, in particular during the ants' march.  Right before the end of a verse, she'll start in: "buh buh buh buh" (which is Lucy-speak for the boom boom boom that signals the ants marching down, to the ground, to get out, of the rain :) )

It is amazing to watch Lucy learn something.  To be the one who is helping her learn makes it that much better.  I could never be as proud of any personal accomplishments as I am of what Lucy can do.  Seeing her comprehend something for the first time makes the hours of singing Barney songs over and over worth every minute.  Seeing her face light up when I ask her if she wants to sing a song makes my heart soar.  That I can put such a smile of pure joy on my baby girl's face is the greatest gift God has ever given me.