Hayden and Layla's Place

Songs for Layla May 26, 2011

Filed under: Dad Blogs on Layla — JDG @ 1:13 am
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I’ve had the pleasure recently of having more time with Layla at night time and this has given her the pleasure of hearing lots of my singing. I thought just for the records, I guess her records, I would list some of the songs I sing to her right now. It will be interesting to see if she really likes these songs when she is older or hates them!

Married with children -oasis
Twinkle twinkle
She’s electric – oasis
Park life – blur
Common people-pulp
Wonder wall- oasis
Cast no shadow- oasis
Champagne supernova- oasis
Animals went in two by two
Yellow submarine – Beatles

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Music February 3, 2010

Filed under: Mummy On Hayden — karagoodwin @ 7:01 pm
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Hayden has been VERY interested in music lately, and kind of all of the sudden. He frequently asks us to “put music on.” He’s not that picky about what is on, he just wants music. He’ll come home from day care and ask me to put it on, then he’ll grab my hands and say “I want to dance.” It’s so cute! We’ll dance around for a little while but he doesn’t really get down for too long.  He also goes from speaker to speaker, puts his ear up to it, and then tells me if he can hear “music in that peaker.”

He also loves the weather channel, because they play music a lot (see, he’s not picky). When he gets up in the morning, as soon as he gets downstairs he asks me to “put weather on.” Whenever they go to commercial and the music stops he asks me again to “put weather on” – he doesn’t really get the commercial thing yet.

He likes to hear his toys make music as well, but he does get a little demanding when they play music and wants me to sing the song the toy is playing.  “SING IT!”  Some of his toys play songs that either have no words or I’m not aware of the lyrics, so that always presents a bit of a challenge.  Humming along seems to keep him satisfied enough.

Since he is responding so positively to music, I made up a little song that spells his name.  He LOVES this song – he gets so excited when we get to the part that says “HAYDEN! HAYDEN! HAYDEN!”  He does sing the spelling part of the song, so I guess you could say he can spell his name now.  Although, I don’t know that he knows that’s what he’s doing, and it’s hard to get him to sing along with me when it’s not just the two of us (how convenient – you’ll just have to take my word for it.  He also does multiplication tables, but only when I’m around. 😉 ).  I tried to get him to sing it to his day care teacher this morning but he got shy so I got to sing it by myself.

 

home alone September 30, 2007

Filed under: Dad Blogs on Hayden — JDG @ 3:41 pm
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Not only is that the title of my favourite movie in the world, but also it’s the story of my week.  I’ve had Hayden to myself for two nights this week and most of Saturday.  I called it babysitting, Kara corrected me that it’s actually called parenting :).

I was a little worried because he comes across as a bit of a mummy’s boy, and he cries and cries when I hold him, give him to Kara and silence!  Kara thinks it’s the boobs.  Like father like son then…  Anyway back on track, I found it so much easier to take care of him when I was on my own for a couple of reasons.  Firstly you are the only one.  So failure is not an option, you’ve got to do something otherwise he’s going to cry and cry and scare the cats.  Secondly, you’re not being watched, you can try lots of techniques to entertain him and keep him quiet, if it doesn’t work there is no one to laugh at you!!

So things actually went pretty well.  It’s hard to get him to sleep in the evenings as he fights it so hard, but as long as you’ve got a bottle of milk you can basically get through anything!   We danced around to various music, he particularly liked Kasabian and Kaiser Chiefs so he has good music taste which is very important for any son of mine!  We watched baseball, football and American football, Hayden liked them all of course, and asked me if we could watch more.

Going back to the sleep thing.  It is really a challenge to get to sleep.  I was sweating and my legs were killing by the time I got him to sleep on Friday night!!  Friday nights are very different these days!  Anyway better finish this blog now or will be as long as one of Kara’s… O:-)  Just kidding honey! 🙂