Staying out for the summer! Mini adventures and music.
Well baby Teg (Tegan Tirion, 7 ½ months) is on the move. It happened all of a sudden last week, and once again it feels like we’re hurtling through these milestones at an alarming rate. Tegan is certainly not waiting for Mam to be ready and just getting on with it. She’s also been saying “mama”! (good girl!)
I don’t know where the last 7 months have gone, or the last year to be exact. I can still vividly remember this time last year when I was excitedly waddling around with the bump. I’m packing away lots of baby clothes already, and nearly at the end of my baby yoga sessions now she’s crawling and I’m constantly feeling sad, nostalgic, and hormonal. There’s such a huge difference between the little bundle we brought home in the February cold, to the little character that’s growing more into a determined little person each day. Thankfully, the joy and fun of each new stage is motoring us all on to the next challenge, and I’m being kept very busy making sure the bumps and falls are as few as possible.
Since I last blogged we’ve had a number of adventures: our first festival as a family was an interesting experience, especially in the mud at the Greenman festival, on the Glanusk Estate, Brecon Beacons. I was slightly worried about the camping experience, but she loved life under canvas, and all the new stimulation it provided. It was great having our friends camp next door to play with too. Thankfully, there was a tractor on hand to tow our camper out at the end of the weekend! Her first festival at 6 months, can you believe it – I was 17 before going to my first Glastonbury!
It was a small mercy that she wasn’t crawling a few weeks ago as we went to the Costa Durada at the beginning of September, the Gold Coast of Spain, and one of my favourite places, just south of Barcelona to a rustic cottage called El Hidalgo. The weather was amazing, and the challenge here was keeping Tegan out of the sun during the day, and cool at night in a stone cottage with no mod cons! Having plenty of family and friends around day and night was great company for us both, and what a highlight to see her enjoy the first experience of splashing in the sea. We had a lot of fun, and a diet of salad, sardines and sun did me a world of good too!
We went on one very memorable day trip recently to Cefn Mably farm on the outskirts of Cardiff. It’s a farm of small animals, and a soft play area and large café indoors too – so great whatever the weather. Teg got the frightners at the goose compound due to the unexpected and rather rawkus croaking, but otherwise, I think she enjoyed it!
Although she’s only a wee one, its felt a bit like a new school term since September as we’ve joined a few music groups which we’re both enjoying, and the week is starting to have more of a regular pattern. Singing is such a great tool day or night for calming her when distressed, soothing her before bed, and just having fun together. Granny is even introducing me to the myriad of verses to The Owl & the Pussycat!
Music plays an important part of most of our lives, and this house more than most as both myself and my husband work with music – him promoting, me with the radio – dusty stacks of vinyl are the joys and bane of our lives (we had to clear lots away for the nursery). I’m quite excited as I’ve been asked to DJ at a tots disco next year at Cardiff hideaway bar, Gwdihw cafe. I’ve accepted as I thought it would be a great challenge to gather some great tunes for her, for car journeys and for fun around the house. Please feel free to help me compile a big playlist of songs your children love by jotting some suggestions down in the comments.
To get us started, have a listen to a wonderful DJ & producer from Manchester, Andy Votel’s mix for children here http://www.daddybegood.com/archives/playing/andy-votels-mixtape
Of course children love all kinds of music, but there are some tones and sentiments that particularly grab their attention. My daughter loves songs like Twinkle Twinkle & Row Row, especially with the actions! A friend was telling me his children love the music of Flaming Lips & I can see how their psychedelic world of wonder would be great from a kids-eye-view.
So lets make a playlist together… and I’ll try and mix it (or get a professional to do it) and get some artwork as a little cover for it!