The Mommy Playlist

First it was Chantilly Lace. Then it was Stevie Wonder. I wonder what will come out of my mouth next.

It started with "Chantilly Lace." I couldn’t help it! Something about my baby girl on the changing table pulled the Big Bopper out of my unconscious and into a song.

big bopper

Chantilly lace and a pretty face
And a pony tail hangin' down
A wiggle in the walk and a giggle in the talk
Make the world go 'round

This kind of thing has happened to me before. A song just pops into your head and you start singing it to your child. Maybe it’s a moment of frustration, like the time my two boys were fighting in the tub and Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” came out of my face. It came out of my face real loud. At least it stopped them from fighting.

The most notorious time was when I rushed to my then toddler, who had been crying the terrified cry, and started humming something, which turned out to be the Soviet national anthem.

Tonight, as baby girl fussed and screamed all I could do was open my mouth and start singing. What came out?

All you other kids with the pumped up kicks better run, better run, outrun my gun

Sure, all the babies love the songs about kids shooting other kids for their expensive sneakers.

I can’t be the only one with the spontaneous music channel in my head. What song has most surprised you by its appearance on the Mommy Playlist?


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When my 3 year old son spied a huge pink Barbie car at Costco last Christmas his eyes lit up with wonder. “I want THAT!” he said breathlessly. I’m pretty sure that means he’ll be a swishy, Friend of Dorothy, out and proud gay.

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Carina's 2011 Recap

One day I was cleaning the filthiest toilet in the house, on my hands and knees with a toothbrush and Comet, and I thought to myself, “Huh. I bet I’ll never see Hawaii.”