To sing to DS, often

(94 Posts)
SnakeTonic Sun 31-Mar-13 21:55:48

I'm not a brilliant singer by any means, but I love singing to my DS, who is 5 months. I think maybe as I'm a bit nervy and it calms both of us down. Anyway DP says he thinks it's sweet but MIL keeps saying things like "Christ Snake, another song, where the hell did you learn that one?" Or "don't you ever get tired of singing?" and today, when she popped round for dinner, heard me singing DS to sleep on monitor (umm, slow slow operatic versions of several nursery rhymes blush said "poor boy he must be sick of your voice by now, do you ever stop for breath?"

Thought that was a bit cruel TBH and felt quite upset. It's a nice bonding thing for us and not sure why she always pisses on my parade. Possibly my singing makes her self conscious? Or jealous of my ahem dulcet tones? Or inadequate that she didn't sing to DP as a child? Or, you know, I'm just really fucking annoying!

Does anyone else sing a lot to the DCs?

Oh god am I like the opera lady from OBEM???

AgentZigzag Sun 31-Mar-13 22:16:57

Oh yeah, making you feel uncomfortable about singing to your little baby is fucking hilarious.

I'd be tempted to do it all the more to make a point.

And maybe start talking in a Leslie Garrat sing song voice?

She should be glad you're helping your baby feel secure and bonding with him.

SnakeTonic Sun 31-Mar-13 22:22:34

She's a bit PO, for sure
There's this one song I sing to DS that annoys the frig out of her as I sing it in a silly mouse voice and she always asks "what's with the silly voice?"

I have explained, time and time again, it's a mouse!

tunnocksteacake Sun 31-Mar-13 22:26:19

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ChippingInIsEggceptional Sun 31-Mar-13 22:26:26

I'm lifting the patio slabs... I'll whistle when I've dug deep enough.

pigsDOfly Sun 31-Mar-13 22:26:48

Nasty woman. I always sang to my children. I sang to them when they were very small. In fact the first smile I got from my youngest was the day she was 3 weeks old and I was sitting in bed with her singing 'half a pound of tuppenny rice' to her. When they were a bit older most bedtimes they'd get a story and then we'd sing together.

My children are all grown up now, but both my daughters have good voices and have both done a bit of singing as entertainers.

Keep on singing to you DS and ignore the miserable old cow. I think it's lovely for him to hear your voice in this way.

tunnocksteacake Sun 31-Mar-13 22:27:18

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sjupes Sun 31-Mar-13 22:29:11

The more i think about it i just know my bitch mil would do this sad she really is a leave the baby stop fussing type.

OestraJen Sun 31-Mar-13 22:30:03

God I never stop singing. What;s worse is that I just do a musical verson of whatever we;re getting on with (think 'Change, change, change your bum, 'cos you've done a poo, lay the baby on the mat and kiss him 'cos he's cute' type agonies).

All.The.Time.

<dies a bit>

tunnocksteacake Sun 31-Mar-13 22:31:36

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SnakeTonic Sun 31-Mar-13 22:36:25

Oestra me too, also reworked pop songs eg

I knew that was stinky when it came in
Shame on [DS name] now
That one's going to stink right out the nappy bin
Oh we better go and change him now, ow, OW!!
Stinky stinky stinky
Etc...

You sound awesome and so happy. Your child is lucky to have you.

Tethering Sun 31-Mar-13 22:43:11

I sing all the time. I can't even blame it on ds.
When I was a student, a flatmate told me I was the only person she'd ever met who actually did sing in the shower blush.
In fact just tonight ds decided to sing songs for his granny and dh said yes tethering sings all the time too even though she's tone deaf . . .they're all just jealous wink .
We spend a lot of time dancing round the rooms too.

Icantstopeatinglol Sun 31-Mar-13 22:46:09

Yanbu at all! It's a lovely thing to do and I bet your ds loves it so sod her! I've always sang to my dc and they join in now, tho I do change most songs to add their names in somewhere and ds who is 5 just rolls his eyes and laughs now but we have fun and that's all that matters.
Sing away! smile

CSIJanner Sun 31-Mar-13 23:13:49

When my youngest is crying, upset or poorly, my eldest sings Soft Kitty.

And demands I do the same when ill or upset

grin

BackforGood Sun 31-Mar-13 23:23:27

Glad RhondaJean has linked to some, as I was going to say there are all sorts of researched reasons why a parent should sing to their child - to do with language acquisition and listening skills and all sorts of other things that's I'm too lazy to go and find the research for. that's 1 point.
The other is, even if there weren't research showing that singing to babies is a good thing, it's hardly going to harm a child, is it? In which case, I think the MN classic of "Did you mean to be so rude" should come into force here.

I've always sung, for as long as I can remember. It's just part of who I am. So now I have DD I sing to her and have done since before she was born.

She recently started 'singing' with me which is amazing, and when she does I tend to listen to her and then sing what she sang back at her. It sounds remarkably like whale music but it is wonderful - her face lights up like a Christmas tree! I bet your MIL would have an apoplexy if she heard it lol!

She's way out of line - ignore her or when she says something nasty sing a retort in a Miranda fashion lol!

janey223 Sun 31-Mar-13 23:30:05

Tell her to piss off! My brother acts the same to me!

I sing to DS all the time, he's 15 months & knows actions to 8 nursery rhymes & helps me sing a few cheesy pop songs. He loves it and started doing actions about 10m (banging his hand on his head to get me to sing 5 little monkeys hahaha).

SnakeTonic Sun 31-Mar-13 23:34:32

Janey I just youtubed 5 little monkeys, fab!! FAB!
how have I not heard of this one?
MIL is in for a treat!! I might start with ten little monkeys though just to be really annoying

Creameggkr Sun 31-Mar-13 23:37:26

My dd was do poorly when she was born and we naturally stayed with her every second. She had pneumonia was tube fed and had. a drip. She was so ill it was heartbreaking.
Being unable to help her much or even feed her I used to sing to her softly whilst holding her close and rocking her. I used to get two lines if twinkle twinkle out before I'd start to cry with sadness for my poor baby.
She is two now and I swear if I sing twinkle twinkle to her she stares at me as if she remembers. Her whole expression changes.
Please keep singing to him (louder when critics are around)
It's such a lovely way of communicating.

Flojobunny Sun 31-Mar-13 23:41:28

DD is 4yo and she still insists on 3 songs at bedtime (nursery rhymes) although she does ask for random ones, like tonight she wanted one about eggs so I made it up.

AgentZigzag Sun 31-Mar-13 23:42:57

smile Creameggkr.

I can't talk or you'll hear how that's catching me in my throat

SnakeTonic Sun 31-Mar-13 23:43:21

Oh that nearly made me cry!! How lovely

Flojobunny Sun 31-Mar-13 23:46:25

"Eggs, eggs, chocolatey and brown. Melt in your mouth, goes in your tummy. Please share them with mummy. Da de Da de dahhhhhh"
Hope Simon Cowell is reading grin
why did bu.grin predict as buggering

KittyAndTheFontanelles Sun 31-Mar-13 23:48:58

I sing constantly to my daughter and she loves it. I make up songs about getting dressed/making our dinner/changing her nappy...she loves it and asks for more when I stop. grin

I have an awful voice but it is a scientific fact that a mother's voice sounds like a choir of Angels to her baby. smile

Don't ever stop singing smile

Ignore the silly cow grin

Creameggkr Mon 01-Apr-13 00:10:07

Makes me cry just remembering it. grin fortunately she's massively chunky and wild now. Delicious.
She likes to sing Taylor Swift to us at 2 am hmm

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