Hayden and Layla's Place

Bedtime Routine December 19, 2009

Filed under: Dad Blogs on Hayden — JDG @ 6:03 pm
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We’ve always tried out best with to keep Hayden in as many routines as possible with things like nap time, bed time, eating etc. Of course we don’t like exciting things get in the way of those routines (this is a boy who’s already been to three or four NFL games and two NBA games already) but none the less the routines have served as well.

Well my point on this post is more focused on how Hayden has been developing and expanding his bed time routine!  The routine started pretty simple.  Bath, Get Dressed, Bed.  Then we introduced a book before bed time.  Hayden pretty quickly developed this into 2 books and then 3 and then …. I think we’ve curbed it now back at 2 books.  However his count of 2 books doesn’t always equal the same as mine!!

Once the books are read he now insists on a game we play the “Where is Grumpy Gorilla” (Copyright Goodwin 2009) game.  (basically I just ask him to find things in his room starting initially with Grumpy Gorilla).  Then it’s finally bed time which means song time.  For months just having Twinkle Twinke was fine.  Every couple of weeks we seemed to have developed a new song into the melody.  We now start with ABCs, move on to Twinkle Twinkle, followed by Row Row Boat and closed out with Baa Baa Black Sheep.  These have to be sung in exact order, and any pause between songs will result in Hayden prompting the first line of the next song.  He sings along and it’s really cute.  Last week somehow as I’m walking out Hayden is shouting at me to sing Wheels on the Bus.  So he got a chorus of Wheels on the Bus go round and round and he seemed content.  Next night we had to expand to Wheels on the Bus, Mummies on the Bus and Daddies on the Bus before I was allowed to leave.  This worked for another two nights until we then had to finish with the Driver on the Bus.  Last night, just as I thought we were settled Hayden added the Girl on the Bus!!    This rate by the end of the year we’ll have a full CD length melody of bedtime tunes!

As Kara said – I think he has me wrapped about his little finger!  At least he goes straight to bed after all these songs – typically don’t hear a peep so I don’t dare break the routine!

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Hayden do it October 1, 2009

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Keeping up with the expectations of what a two year old is supposed to do, Hayden is becoming an independent little guy.  One thing we hear often in this house is “Hayden do it.”  If you start to do something he wants to do, he will get fiesty and say “Hayden do it!”  He says it if you start to feed him and he wants to do it himself, if you start to sing something and he wants to sing it by himself, if you try to read to him but he wants to read, pretty much any scenario you can imagine.  Alternatively, there is “Mommy do it” or “Daddy do it,” which is used when Hayden is feeding himself and he has decided he’s done doing that, and so on.  The boy knows what he wants, there’s no doubt about that!  Because of this, I now try to make a point of letting him make some decisions throughout the day.  In the morning I hold up three choices of shirts and he chooses which one he wants to wear (this has magically resolved a problem we were sometimes having where he did not want to take off his pajamas), he chooses his plate at meal time, he usually chooses if we go in Mommy or Daddy’s car, etc.  He loves making decisions!

 

Singing

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Hayden LOVES to sing!  He will first announce what he wants to sing (or less often, what he wants one of us to sing): “ABCD” (formerly “CDCD”), “Tinkle, Tinkle,” “Head Toes” (Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes), “Spider,” “Street” (Baa, baa black sheep).  Last weekend he kept saying something about “street” and I couldn’t figure out what it was.  It was always when he was wanting to sing but I couldn’t think of anything we normally sing that fit.  Finally after about the third different time he brought it up I was able to understand that he was saying “sheep,” so I asked if he wanted Baa, Baa Black Sheep and he smiled and said “yep.”  So we sang that but I was perplexed because that is not something we sing ever.  The next day I asked at daycare if they sang it and they said yes that was one of the kids’ favorites!

Another thing around music that he is doing now is bringing any toy that he finds that makes noise and naming a song that he wants to hear.  That works about 5% of the time, but the other 95% he wants the toy to play a song that it doesn’t play.  Of course, this upsets him and depending on his level of tiredness it can cause some tears when he can’t hear “Tinkle, Tinkle” or “ABCD.”  And it actually seems to make things worse if John or I try to sing it for him (hmm, that’s possibly slightly offensive! 😉 ).

 

Wheels on the bus September 25, 2009

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Hayden is really starting to sing along to some of his favourite songs recently.  Most of his toys have little ditties.  His bus has some of his favourites… Driver on the bus says “moona back, moona back”.  “The wheels on the bus, rund and rund”.   A,B,Cs is another of his big favourites. He even gets fussy sometimes when the song plays and it’s not he one he wants, like on his iPod, it’ll play pat-a-cake and he’ll get all fussy “a,b,c, a,b,c ‘s” with some in between screaming until we adjust his ipod.  This boy knows what he wants – he’s also a pretty good singer – obviously getting that from his dad!! 😀

 

Singing June 30, 2009

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Kara beat me to this a little bit with her twinkle twinkle… but singing is a new activity for me and Hayden at bathtime.  We got some classics down already like “lalalalalalalalala”, “mermermermermermermer” and mine and Hayden’s personal favourite “nananananananananananana” to the tune of Banana Splits.    Everytime I do that he gets really excited and sings in response to me.  He is getting better and better at the different notes.  Obviously he has a great teacher in me!!

Last weekend at the lake I was teaching him Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple) and he smashed it up!!  He is a born rock star (especially if you saw how he plays my guitar already!)….

 

Twinkle twinkle UPDATE

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Hayden has started joining in when I sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star to him.  I was singing it to him the other night before bedtime and when I got to the part that goes, ‘up above the world so high’ he started saying ‘upa, upa.’  He has since repeated other parts of the song in his little singsong way, one or two words at a time.  He seems shy about it, too.  He’ll say, for instance, ‘twiiiinklllle’ really quietly with this shy smile on his face and his shoulders scrunched up.  It’s so cute!

Update: when I put Hayden down tonight he was singing a lot of the whole song with me.  I was surprised because he sang a lot of the words as I sang them, instead of waiting to hear what they were and repeating them.  I accidentally said “how I wonder WHERE you are” and he still sang “how I wonder WHAT you are!”