I used to feel silly talking to Maya in the womb, or when she was an itty-bitty newborn … telling her about our day and what we were doing and who we would see. I pretty much never shut up as it is, so it’s no surprise that with a baby, it was any different. I sang to her, read to her … always hoping these things would eventually make sense, but never really knowing what she was absorbing until she could verbally communicate with us. Now that she’s a little chatterbox, I find solace knowing my incessant dialogue had some value down the road … even if my singing hasn’t improved any 😉
One of the songs I sing to her at bed-time goes like this (to the tune of “You Are My Sunshine” — the song my parents always sang to me at bed- time):
You are my Maya
My only Maya
You make me so happy
And I love you soooo much
I love you. I love you, baby, I love you
Cauz you’re the sweetest …
Baby in the whole world
I love you Maya …
Oh yes I do.
Lately, I’ve noticed her humming along with me or singing certain words in a whisper — especially if I pause and give her a second to fill in the blank. I cannot tell you how big my heart bursts when she does this. It’s our special song … not something anyone else sings to her. It’s ours. All that time spent singing it to her has caught on. I hope she always remembers it, too.
I’ve thought about when she gets older, how I should change the lyrics … But truth be told, I don’t think I will. Today, tomorrow, forever … big or small … she’ll always be my baby. My sweet girl. Light of my life.
And the way she says “so much” … just melts me a thousand times. The grown-up love I feel for Luis makes me weak at the knees, but so does motherhood. Love really does have so many layers … it’s amazing. And yes, I’m a giant schmoop. Feeling very, very blessed.
How about you? Do you remember a special song from your childhood, or is there one you sing to your child(ren)?