Update and A Call for SHOW TUNES

  • Apr. 25th, 2007 at 11:08 PM
rredhead

So first, the CALL FOR SHOW TUNES! I have 2 girl cousins, ages 4 & 6, who love to sing and dance. I promised them CDs of show tunes. I can’t figure out what there MUST be on these CDs. I’m coming up with a 20 CD set, and I can’t do that. So, if you had to pick – let’s say 3 songs – what would be on your MUST HAVE list for little girls? To complicate matters a bit, I have to make them ASAP, as these are the grandchildren of my Aunt Lynn who died, and I’d like to bring them to her memorial so the girls will have something to distract them from all the sadness.
 I haven’t written in a month. And I’m creating Jack’s baby book, and I’m so happy to have all of the LJ posts because now I can figure out when his first game of peek-a-boo was (May 15, 2006) and all that. And I haven’t posted in a month. Part of it is that I cannot get ANYTHING done with Jack awake. It’s not about multitasking, or getting a play pen. I was a technical writer in charge of THOUSANDS of pages of documentation, as well as training and support, so I know about multitasking. And the play pen is right here. But nothing about either of these will help when Jack is screaming MAMAMAMAMAMA at the top of his lungs, or diving off of furniture, scattering cat food whenever he can find some, destroying whatever is in his path. I have made efforts to get things done with him, and I just can’t. I cannot sit at the computer without him wanting to be here. And he won’t just sit on my lap, nor will he be content to play with his own keyboard and mouse. Put him in the playpen and he wants to play with me. Everything on my to do list must be done on the computer. The items that are everyday, like dishes or laundry, can be done in very small increments, lest Jack decide he’s bored and trashes the folded laundry or gets into the cat food. (We can’t put the cat food permanently out of reach because if Jack can’t get to it, the cat can’t get to it.)
Now, I’d like to write every day, because, in addition to being an envoy of destruction, Jack is the smartest baby boy ever.
Really.
The kid has an insane vocabulary. We lost track of all of the words he can say. And he’s signing as well. True, some of the words do sound the same – cat and cap, for example, and Pooh and spoon. A few you wouldn’t know were words unless you paid close attention – chicken being a recent addition. But mostly, the kid can talk. His signing is less accurate. Jack is always tugging at his ear. We figured it was a nervous habit. Well, today, he was saying “capt” – And I said, “Jack, cat or cap? If you mean cat, sign cat.” And he tugged his ear. I said, “Jack, how do you sign cat?” and he tugged his ear. The actual sign is pinching your cheek, like showing a cat’s whiskers. But Jack tugs his ear. Close enough.
It takes him very little time to figure out how things work, or how to get out of whatever containment unit he’s in.
Just in the last 2 days, he’s taken to yelling “HI” at almost anyone he sees. Yesterday, we were in the car (running errands is actually something I can do with Jack), and he was yelling “HI” to the biker guy with the tattoo smoking one of those brown paper cigarettes that I can’t remember the name of. Biker guy didn’t notice, but Jack kept yelling “HI!” Today, while watering the flowers in the front yard with me, he saw our neighbors two doors down getting out of their car. They’ve lived there for almost a year. We know they have 2 kids, one of whom is a baby. But we had never talked to them. Well, Jack saw the little boy getting out of the car, and he yelled “HI”. The little boy stopped and yelled “HI” and Jack kept yelling “HI”. So the mom and her 2 kids came over and we all introduced ourselves. I can’t remember her name, but I do remember the kids’ names. The younger one, Ryan, is 14-1/2 months. Jack is 15 months.
This morning, we went to the park with our playgroup. When each set of mom and child(ren) arrived, he yelled HI, with a special HI KEEGN for Keegan and Hi EMAMA for Emma, with whom we play regularly. Emma’s mom said he made her day with how brightly he said Hi to her. She also confirmed that she can’t tell when Emma says “Emma” v. “Mama” so that made me feel a little better.
Other important info: He took his first steps mid-March, and really started walking at the beginning of April. He’s really good now! He almost ran into the street today. I don’t know whether to be happy that he can run or scared silly that he can run without knowing that running into the street will likely get him hurt.
That’s another word he knows “hurt.” Last night, he took his nails and kind of clawed me in the chest, but pretending, not actually doing. He looked me right in the eye and said, “Hurt.” I said, “Yes, that would hurt.” Then he digs his nails in a little and says “Hurt.” And I said, “Yes, Jack, that hurts. Why are you trying to hurt mama?” All the while he’s looking me straight in the eyes. And then he stops and settles back down on my lap.
Max’s mom was here the week of the 9th, which was WONDERFUL. She took Jack almost the entire time, which meant that I could get the estimates for the work in our backyard. The sprinkler system was put in by the  original owner and the installation involved duct tape and cases of beer. Our backyard is a paradise for weeds of all kinds. The cheapest estimate was $4K. The one we trust was $5K. One of our posts in the retaining wall is failing, so we have to have that done. The rest we’ll have to put off until next year. If we even want to move, we have to re-do the sprinkler system and thus, the lawn.
I got down from 363 email messages in my inbox to 99. And now I’m back up to 150. Some of it is about going to New England for the memorial next weekend. We’re making a little bit of a vacation out of it. We had to use FF miles so we decided to fly into MHT, drive to RI, stay there for a couple of days, drive back to MHT, stay there for 2-1/2 days, and come back. I’ve been contacting the “must-see” people. I feel bad if you’re in the NH area and you’re reading this and I haven’t contacted you. As we’re really only there for such a short time, only about 10 people made the cut, as it were. But if you are reading this and have Tuesday day free, then come on up! That would be May 8th.
I’m doing Jack’s baby book and have gotten up to 7 months (or August 17, 2006). I’ve only journaled up to 6 months, because there is so much to write and only so much space. So I’m going to try and journal it out of the book, then copy it, as I don’t like to paste over everything. It’s hard to write the same thing many times and keep using up the nice paper.
I feel like I’m going to throw up. Back-tracking a little, my knee really started hurting the first week of April, and kept flaring up for the next couple of weeks. It’s been OK for the last 5 days. Well, today we walked to and from the park very quickly, so it hurt for a bit but that was expected. Anyway, today I’ve been feeling very ill, like I’m going through withdrawal from one of my meds. But I’m not, as I’m taking what I’m supposed to be taking. I thought it was blood sugar, so for lunch I had some chocolate. And I felt better. But since Weight Watchers, I’ve felt like throwing up, off and on. I dislike this feeling.
Speaking of WW, I’m only 5 pounds away from goal. As I’m only losing about 1/2 pound a week, it’ll be the end of the summer by the time I don’t have to pay them anymore (hitting goal plus 6 weeks of staying at it). For the record, Goal is 126 pounds. When I started WW in 2000, I was 142. At my lightest, right before our wedding in July 2002, I was 112, though my goal weight was 120. I stayed at or below goal until mid-2004, when we moved to CA. When I went back to WW in March 2006, I weighed 163 pounds. I’m now at 131. I will never be a size 6 again, which means I have to jettison my old-new clothes and buy new-new clothes, which I’m really not into, as I can’t afford the same quality clothes that I could back then. Kind of annoying. But I don’t want to maintain 115-120 – I can’t without aerobics, and I cannot do aerobics. So, compromises have been made.
There is so much more that I could write. I do hope to make a priority out of posting more often. I do tend to read LJ, but not to comment as much.
Other upcoming posts should include why I spend so damn much time on adoption-related boards and forums. And an update on our newest addition, Jinxy the cat. And, as always, more about Jack.

  • Current Mood: nervous manic & nauseated

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  • aunt lynn,
  • jack,
  • livejournal,
  • motherhood,
  • musicals,
  • new england,
  • weight watchers

Comments

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yokie
Apr. 26th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)I was just thinking about you guys while I was getting ready for work today! Charmed was on and now Charmed always makes me think of you 🙂

Glad to hear Jack is going so well – what a cutie pie!! We need new pix soon!

As for the top 3 songs for the girls …

“Little Girls” from Annie
“I Know Things Now” from Into the Woods
“Popular” from Wicked

moominmama
Apr. 26th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)My son and I are both showtune fanatics and we used to make mix CDs for his birthday. Look for these CDs/shows:

Annie (of course)
Oliver
The Secret Garden
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
The Music Man
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Peter Pan (older versions of this — with Mary Martin — tend to be too quiet to put on mixtapes so you may need to look for a revival)
Bye Bye Birdie (Noah loves “Kids,” which is sung by a kid at the end)
The Lion King

Show that aren’t necessarily for kids but have kid songs:
South Pacific (Happy Talk)
Oklahoma (Surrey with the Fringe on Top, Oh What a Beautiful Morning)
King and I (Getting to Know You)
Hair (Good Morning Starshine)
Fiddler on the Roof (If I were a Rich Man or Matchmaker)
Grease
West Side Story (I Feel Pretty)

mollyx
Apr. 26th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)Okay, for the little girls you’ll need:
Annie (no little girl should go without Annie)
Sound of Music
West Side Story ( the movie soundtrack)
Wizard of Oz
Wicked
Beauty & the Beast
Bye Bye Birdie
Les Mis
Mary Poppins
Lion King
Hairspray
Singing in the Rain
Into the Woods (depending on how old they are)
Oliver
Sunday in the Park with George (again, depending on age)
Oklahoma
The King and I
Just off the top of my head.
I’ll let you know if I come up with something else.
Let me know if you need any more.

dr4b
Apr. 26th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)So, I dunno about normal little girls, but I used to love Singin’ in the Rain, Annie Get Your Gun, and West Side Story when I was a kid.

At this point though, I dunno. The question is whether it’s for stuff to listen to or stuff to sing along to? I mean, things like “So Long, Farewell” from Sound of Music, “Anything You Can Do” from Annie Get Your Gun, and “Good Morning” from Singin’ in the Rain jump to mind, along with stuff like “Heaven Hop” from the 1967 version of Anything Goes, “Pickalittle, Talkalittle” from The Music Man, and, oddly, “I’m Calm” from A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (I used to love that song when I was a kid too).

rredhead
Apr. 27th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)I’m very happy that y’all replied and I thank you. Part of my problem is that I have TOO MANY ideas, and really need to keep it down to 2 CDs-worth of stuff. So, moominmama and mollyx, if you could narrow it down to your favorites, that would be very helpful.
Thank you! I hope more people reply.

sm00bs
Apr. 27th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)I would probably put anything from Annie on there (Tomorrow being my favorite), anything from Mary Poppins (tough choices on that one, can’t decide), and probably something from the Muppet Movie (Rainbow Connection). Then again, I’d also want to put something from Sound of Music on there, and maybe something from Wizard of Oz.

Sophie is the same as Jack is when it comes to trying to get anything done, by the way. I stay up later than I should just to try and get things done. Of course, I never get done the things I should….

muppetaphrodite
Apr. 27th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)It may not be the most melodic of songs, but “Shy” from Once Upon a Mattress could be fun.

A couple of the early performance songs from “Gypsy”, maybe? If Momma was Married?

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