Motherhood: A Baby Lullaby for Arya
It seems to me that with newborns, once you get through the first couple of weeks of madness, it's all about figuring out a routine that works for you and your little one. So in my attempts to crack the cryptic code that is getting Arya to sleep well, I've realized just how quickly things like the right blanket and the right baby lullaby become a huge part of that routine! Now that we are parents, I constantly think about all the things that Rob and I get to start as our own little family traditions. Turns out that softly singing baby Arya to sleep while she's snuggled and swaddled is certainly one of them.
Except I realized that by week 6, baby didn't exactly appreciate my not-so-stellar singing voice. She fell asleep SO much more quickly to the sounds of "Disney Lullaby" on Spotify than she did to the sounds of her own mommy's tune! I had this idea of singing her the same song every night, one that she could come to know as "her song" when she's a bit older. I wanted it to be soothing of course, but I also wanted there to be a message of love and imagination. I tried out a few different ones including "Let It Be" by The Beatles, "Your Song" by Elton John, and even "You'll Be In My Heart" from Disney's Tarzan movie. All of them are songs that I love, but I couldn't quite commit to either as "the song" I was looking for.
Until the first time that Rob was away on business, and Arya and I spent our first two nights at home just the two of us. I was a little nervous to be going it alone, but was pleasantly surprised to find that I was totally fine winging it solo with baby. In fact one evening as Arya's little body snuggled close while wrapped in her new favorite Modern Burlap swaddle, I found myself absent mindedly singing what is now her baby lullaby. She drifted off to sleep so soundly, and as I finished the last few refrains, I knew I could see myself singing it to her every night, for as long as she'll allow... She's certainly my greatest everyday adventure, and I'm so lucky to be an everyday part of hers!
"Over The Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Well I see skies of blue And I see clouds of white And the brightness of day I like the dark And I think to myself What a wonderful world
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky Are also on the faces of people passing by I see friends shaking hands Singing, "How do you do?" They're really singing, "I, I love you."
I hear babies cry and I watch them grow, They'll learn much more than we'll know And I think to myself What a wonderful world world
Someday I'll wish upon a star Wake up where the clouds are far behind me Where trouble melts like lemon drops High above the chimney top That's where you'll find me
Oh, somewhere over the rainbow way up high And the dream that you dare to, why oh, why can't I?