Maybe it’s strange, but I never sang lullabies to Theo when she was a baby. In fact it wasn’t until earlier this year, when I went away for the first time by myself for a friend’s wedding in Switzerland, that Chris started a new bedtime routine in my absence (one that didn’t involve nursing). He would lie beside her crib and sing her to sleep. Now we sing songs every night, although she seems to prefer more ‘active’ tunes like ‘Wheels on the Bus’ or ‘London Bridge’ over the whole ‘Rock-a-Bye Baby’ genre. I guess you go with whatever works?
I remember when I was little, my mum used to sing me this song called ‘Spider John’ that I really loved. It was a simple, sad ballad by Willis Alan Ramsey, who released only one cult album in 1972. My parents must have had it on vinyl.
Lately I’ve been listening to the song on YouTube, trying to recall the words so that I can sing it to Theo. I like the idea of having a special song that’s just ‘ours’ and not something that she hears at school or on the playground.
Do you have any songs you love to sing, or would love to sing, to your child? xx Shanan
Image above: Theo at one month, photo by Ashley Renée.