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What Jordan is Reading.

Actually, the title of this should be, what Jordan is making me read to him over and over again. This week’s hit is Eric Carle‘s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

Right now, we’re stuck reading the section where the caterpillar eats through the food.  I guess I have to read the book something on the order of 4 to 5 times before I have to pry it from his hands and move on to something else.  At the end of the book, the caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly and every time it happens, Jordan softly exclaims “wooow.” Now as far as I know, Jordan has never seen a real butterfly, but he certainly is impressed by Eric Carle’s rendition of one.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the book.

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Jordan Meets Pink Floyd. Emerges Unscathed.

If you’re a parent, you know that there is a lot of really bad children’s music out there. If you’re not a parent, just try to watch 5 minutes of an episode of Barney and you’ll get what I mean. What parents will tell you is that bad music has a terrible “multiplier effect” because kids listen to music over and over and over again inserting the lyrics deeply into your brain without your knowledge or permission.

Who among you have been caught at work or in some sensitive situation singing absentmindedly….

I love you. You love me.
We’re a happy family.
With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you,
Won’t you say you love me too.

Don’t lie! You know you parents have all done it at some point.

A bad piece of kids’ music will–and I’m not making this up–melt your brain.

Here’s a secret that no one will tell you about kids’ music. Kids don’t require their music to be crappy in order for it to be enjoyable to them. So we look for music that we can all enjoy as a family and that can begin to give Jordan some idea about the cultural importance of good music. We’ve learned that even the most simple and “juvenile” music can still be really great.

One series that we have found to be generally good is Rockabye Baby! which adapts rock music to children’s lullabies. We’re currently listening to Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Pink Floyd.

Jordan has loved it,..and so have we.

Here’s an excerpt of “Speak to Me/Breathe” from the Rockabye Baby CD.

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For those of you who don’t remember what the original of this song sounds like…

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Now I know that it might seem a little weird that my kid is now listening to music as a lullaby that was previously used back in the day as the mood creation for some fun but illicit activities. (I know you haven’t forgotten what you used to do to this song.)

But I think that we can all agree that Dark Side of the Moon is one of the greatest albums that has ever been made and to be able to introduce it to Jordan in this way has been great for us.

The Pink Floyd lullaby renditions are rich without being complex. They manage to capture the spirit of the original music without being depressing or too dark (as many of us may recall from our more adult encounters with Pink Floyd).

The Rockabye Baby! series is very big and includes music from Bob Marley, The Cure, The Eagles, Green Day, Radiohead, Coldplay, and The Beatles with future releases of Stevie Wonder, Prince and David Bowie.

They’re not all great and in some cases maybe a bit superfluous. Cheryl makes a great point that you don’t really need a lullaby version of The Beatles. But I think that they are a great way to introduce your kids to the music that really represents the true bedrock of our musical culture without having to suffer dancing purple dinosaurs.

We have also purchased a Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Radiohead recently and will do a review of that when we get a chance.

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Sunshine Sunday!

After receiving a spontaneous invite for brunch from our friends Bruce and Peter, we went over to have a relaxing Sunday morning and to see Olivia. She sure has grown a bunch and definitely has a mind of her own! We can remember when she was just a little bitty baby girl.

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New Feature: Laughing

For those of you who haven’t been following, Cheryl and I have been using “The Baby Owner’s Manual” to diagnose and care for our new baby.

I would like to announce that our unit has a new feature–laughter.

Now for weeks this baby has demostrated that it is excellent (and getting better) at crying. However, one morning just before getting our unit dressed and ready for the day, I turned on the looney toons mobile that his Uncle Alan–seen below eating a different baby–got for Jordan’s cradle.

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He was looking at it and just started laughing. So I just hung out feeling exhilarated about watching this little person “come online” one aspect at a time and that I would be around to watch and even help. He’s still best at crying though.

So without further ado…Jordan, laughing.

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Serendipity Strikes! The Sneeze.

Ok. So here’s the story. From day one Jordan has done this funny little sneeze that Cheryl and I (and last night our chiropractor) have been the only people to witness. You never know when a sneeze is going to come, so its almost impossible to get on video. Well today, serendipity struck.

While recording some video for Cheryl to see of Jordan being hypnotized by the black and white pole in his seat, the sneeze came. Now, just like everything that we witness, it’s possible that all babies do this. However, I’ve never seen it, and I’m betting that you haven’t either. If you have, leave a comment with your story. We’d love to read it!

And now ladies and gentlemen, for your viewing pleasure, the sneeze.

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Remembering Jordan’s Kung Fu Hands

Had this video of Jordan’s hands doing kung fu without him a few weeks ago. He’s definitely made progress. It’s amazing how much he’s changed in just a few weeks.

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We’re still waiting for official detente.We’ve been told that it won’t come for months.