9 pm: recording session for our next mini-album (Make sure you like The Hales on Facebook)
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I’m thankful for my new ukulele! It’s an early Christmas present from my hubby. I’m hoping to be able to play it by Christmas :)
Thankful - Day Six
The cutest words you’ve ever heard, and this is how they go:
Jensen says the words listed above regularly and (most of the time) accurately! Other words that I think he has said, or has only said once or twice include:
- vroom vroom
He uses the hand signs for “more,” “milk,” “drink,” and waves “hi” and “bye.” He has also started pointing at his diaper after he poops in it (his own idea).
Jensen does a lot of sing-songy noises on “baba” or “nana”, sings the “ba-bum” sound (sometimes on the sol-do interval) when he puts things away, and has started attempting to imitate tonal patterns.
It is so much fun to witness his vocabulary and understanding grow exponentially every day. I love being able to communicate with him and feel like he is understanding what I say.
So now I’m going to repeat myself, as I have at every stage in the parenting journey so far: this is a really fun age! I love being a mom.
Tomorrow is my first day of work as a Music Together intern. So excited about making music with babies, toddlers, kids and parents! Check out this cool music video featuring Music Together families all around the world!
For all the other music nerds out there (anybody?)
The Mozart Effect
A recent report now says that the Mozart effect is yet another charming
urban legend. The bad news for hip urban professionals: playing Mozart for
your designer baby will not improve his IQ or help him get into that
exclusive pre-school. He will just have to get admitted to Harvard some
Of course, we’re all better off listening to Mozart purely for the pleasure
of it. However, one must wonder whether, if playing Mozart sonatas for
little Tiffany or Jason really could boost his or her intelligence, what
would happen if other composers were played during the kiddies’
Child speaks rapidly and extravagantly, but never really says anything
Child speaks v-e-r-y slowly and repeats himself frequently and at length.
Gains reputation for profundity.
Child becomes an egocentric megalomaniac. May eventually marry his sister.
Child is prone to murderous fits of jealousy if another child plays with
Child also suffers never-ending bout of croup and insists it’s nothing.
Child marches around his room repeatedly, lines up all of his stuffed
animals in a parade,
pays particular homage to his stuffed elephants.
Child continually screams—at great length and volume—that he’s dying.
Child never repeats a word until he’s used all the other words in his
vocabulary. Sometimes talks backwards. Eventually, people stop listening to
him. Child blames them for their inability to understand him.
The child develops a remarkable ability to carry on several separate
conversations at once, in various dialects.
The child tends to repeat himself over and over and over and over and over
and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over
The child is prone to savage, guttural and profane outbursts that often lead
to fighting and pandemonium in the preschool.
The child is able to speak beautifully as long as his sentences contain a
multiple of three words (3, 6, 9, 12, etc). However, his sentences
containing 4 or 8 words are strangely uninspired.
Child says nothing for 4 minutes, 33 seconds—exactly.
A recent study has determined that the CAGE EFFECT is preferred by 10 out of
10 classroom teachers
I didn’t watch the Superbowl, but I watched Christina butcher the National Anthem on you tube. One of my friends reminded me that some musicians actually do get it right. Dixie Chicks in 2003, why can’t more singers be awesome like you?
If there isn’t some kind of music playing at all times while we’re home, Jensen stands in front of the entertainment center until I turn it on. If I take too long, he cries. When it starts to play, he gives me a smile of approval and goes on with his business.
Jensen dances to the Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack
My favorite part is when he takes a breather in the middle and then gets back up for some more.
P.S. I’m back! I can’t believe I took a month off a blogging. So much cuteness to catch you up on ;)