Naptime and bedtime are sometimes challenging, but often they're magical around here... the boys LOVE to sing, cuddle and sing lullabies and I get the sweetest moments with my little guys when it's almost time to hit the pillow. When Luke was a baby, he had a terrible time falling asleep, so I would wrap him snugly, cradle him in my arms and softly sing or hum "Rock-a-bye Baby" over and over until he fell asleep. I was at my wit's end and that was the best I could manage ;-) Well, it eventually started working and he would fall asleep within a few verses. Today at age 3 he still requests the song and I can see his eyes getting heavy when I begin to sing it softly and slowly. Kinda like a Pavlovian response to sleep, but it works! These days, the boys love to sing along. One of my most requested songs is to sing "Stay Awake" from Mary Poppins. I love it! "Stay awake, don't rest your head. Don't lie down upon your bed. You're not sleepy as you seem. Stay awake don't nod and dream..." The boys often join in and sing with me (which is counterproductive to getting them to rest, but their stall tactic is also very sweet). Other songs include, "Hush little baby, don't say a word... Mama's gonna buy you a mockingbird..." John Michael knows EVERY. SINGLE. VERSE so this goes on for a while. And we always end with Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star. So here's my little stars performing their own rendition at Luke's naptime today. It's also the first time Luke has gotten in the spotlight on his own and sung a song on video. John Michael joins him for the 2nd time through. Enjoy :-) I'll post more about the NDSC Convention and my take-aways later... there's a great app you're going to love! Cheers, Monica
I've been married for 19 years to my wonderful husband, Doug. I'm a Catholic SAHM to 5 children. Our 4th child, John Michael, was born in November 2007, and has opened us up to the amazing world of Down syndrome. We are grateful to God for the blessings He's given us and the journey He's put us on. When I'm not spending time with my family, I sing with RSVP, an amazing vocal group, serve on the board of the Down Syndrome Information Alliance, have my own health and wellness business, and blog about our life.