I don’t really sing my girls traditional lullabies to get them to sleep, although with Miss K. I used to try…I’d find myself in tears when I’d attempt to sing ‘Lullaby and Goodnight” because my love for her was so overwhelming. With Super S, I find that I also sometimes am brought to tears but it’s usually with pop songs. So before I forget in the future what I used to sing to them, here’s a quick roundup:
During Miss K’s nightly massage, I used to sing Eternal’s version of Angel of Mine:
During her naps (age 2), I sing to her the following 90’s pop songs:
Trisha Yearwood’s “How Do I Live?” She never asks me to sing this one but I’ve been successful in getting her to fall asleep to this one –
This one will probably make you laugh but I used to love this song by Escape Club and decided to sing it to her one day. She asks for it – “Can you sing ‘Over Mountains?'”
Super S gets some pretty funny songs too-
I’ve always loved “To Be Close To You” by the Carpenters and I used to sing it nightly to Super S when she was a newborn. It seemed to calm her down. I don’t sing it as often as I did a few months ago but it occasionally finds its way into the rotation. Again, tears, breaking voice, all of that…especially the part where it says “on the day that you were born, the angels got together and decided to create a dream come true”
This next one is her sleep signal song these days. I’ve loved “Can’t take my eyes off you” by Frankie Vallie since I heard it in high school:
Then when Lauren Hill redid it in College, I was thrilled and sang it daily. Without the horns and the upbeat instrumentals, it’s actually a very calm song. So it’s another one of those songs that brought me to tears, rocking in the rocking chair, looking at my beautiful baby, thanking my lucky stars that she’s mine. Sometimes she’d look back at me, sometimes not.
And then a few weeks ago, a funny thing happened. My older daughter asked me to sing “I Love My Baby” to her. Sometimes when I’d be singing to Super S, she would come in to the room with a gentle smile and would slowly walk over to us and I’d scoop her up and squish her into the chair with me and her sister. She’d lay her little head on my shoulder, and I’d have one arm around her, the other cradling my beautiful Super S. My absolute favorite memories of 2012 are of this very scene. And I was lucky that it happened several times.
I didn’t think she was really listening but then one day, she sang the entire song. She blew me away. Sometimes she goes and turns on the keyboard and sits and plays. The best part? She was singing to her sister.
What not-so-standard songs do you sing to your kids?