Day to Day: Memorable Lullaby Fail
For my first daughter, we had a mobile, my original Fisher Price mobile to be exact that played Brahms’ Lullaby. Even long after we had to remove the mobile portion thanks to Evelyn’s determined “you made me stare at this thing for months, now let me have it” mind-set, the music portion remained. It was her signature bedtime song.
When my second daughter came along I wanted her to have a special song too. This time one that I could actually remember the words to and sing [relatively] in tune. I even had this brilliant idea that I would sing the lullaby to her while pregnant, in hopes that singing it to her later would immediately induce a deep slumber. I chose a personal favorite of mine, “You Are My Sunshine” and even changed the words from “my only sunshine” to “my rays of sunshine” so no one thought I was playing favorites (haha?). I was convinced this plan worked, or at least I really wanted to believe I saw a connection between the start of my singing and a great big yawn (or maybe that was me yawning?).
As Lily began sleeping through the night more and more around the 1 year mark, the song was sung less frequently but the damage had been done. You see, I realized my mistake when Lily learned to talk and could actually tell me what she thought of her lullaby. She had drawn a strong association between THAT particular song and going to bed (an activity she was not very fond of any more). Now, no matter where I am, or what I am doing, if I so much as begin to hum “You Are My Sunshine” I get the full opposing wrath of Lily screaming “NNNNOOOOOO” and running as fast in the opposite direction as her chubby little legs will take her.
So, chose your lullaby’s wisely moms! You may never be able to sing it again….
Hi there! I’m Kaley, prevailing parent and wife, but also just me; stubborn lover of DIY everything, outdoors, and chocolate. Read more about myself and my family under the “Parenting” > “About My Family” tabs.