But rather than whine about how awful we're feeling at our house, I thought I'd blog about this little dancing machine:
When Kale was about four months old, I signed us up for every baby and me class I could find - swimming, salsa, signing, etc. Salsa and signing were flat out fails, and swimming was fun for the half hour we were in the pool, but terrible for the hour after that it took us to get dressed after (I still have nightmares about the locker room full of screaming, wet, cold babies and stressed out parents).
The only class that Kale showed any real love for was music. During that class he smiled and cooed - completely uncharacteristic behaviours for my generally high-needs baby. It was during this class that Kale really started to develop his dancing skills and love for music.
As he's gotten older, Kale has become better at telling us about his musical preferences. He often takes me by the hand and drags me to the laptop and uses some kind of sign to tell me what song he wants to hear on YouTube. And then he breaks out the moves. Which, of course, is awesome.
Here's a sample of the songs that really get Kale's booty shaking (and the signs he uses to tell us):
1,2,3,4, Feist (the Sesame Street version). Meg over at Two Steps Forward told me about how her little guy Ollie is obsessed with this song and so I decided to check it out for Kale. When Kale wants to hear this song, he points his index finger and shakes it four times (just like she does when she's pointing to the monsters). He also says "'iest? 'iest?" Thank goodness everyone in this house likes Feist because we hear this one A LOT.
Roar Like a Lion, Patty Shukla. I don't even know how we stumbled upon Patty Shukla, but it's pretty safe to say that Kale is a big fan of her work. When he wants to hear this song (which is approximately 18 times a day), he puts his hands up by his mouth and "squeaks like a mouse" (see video) and says "eek, eek, eek!"
Wheels on the Bus, Sharon, Lois & Bram. So he'll pretty much take any version of this song, but I have to admit that I can really only tolerate Sharon, Lois & Bram. Kale loves to do all the actions that go with this song - but doesn't necessarily like to wait to go through the whole song with one action before moving on to the next. Thus, the wheels on the bus go round and round, open and close, wah-wah-wah and up and down, all at the same time. Kale asks for this song by moving his hands round and round and raising his eyebrows.
Mahna Mahna, the Muppets. My co-worker just about dropped over dead when I told her I didn't know this song. Feeling as though I was depriving my child of a musical gift, I immediately YouTube'd it - and then immediately regretted it. Because this song gets stuck in my head for HOURS, at least once a week. Kale, of course, loves it.
I Can't Help Myself, the Four Tops. My dad used to sing this all the time when I was growing up, but with a whole different set of lyrics. Or at least I remember the lyrics differently (I always sing "sugar pie honey bunch, you're a disco dancer," until Kris kindly pointed out that disco was invented about 10 years AFTER this song...hmmmm). When I sing this, or play the video, Kale goes absolutely nuts. Who would have guessed he'd be such a motown fan?
So this is just a taste of the great music we get to listen to around here. What's playing at your house?