Now that Sophia can hear (though with some serious interference I’m sure…there’s a lot of belly between her and the world), we’ve begun to up the musical intake. We wanted to serenade her the other night, but Josh quickly ditched the classics, such as Rock a bye Baby, due to their disturbing lyrics. Instead, we went with “Wonderwall” by Oasis (which was also our wedding song) because some 1990s rock still rocks. She responded well with some very strong kicks/punches of approval. She’s so hardcore. “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen also goes over well. Today we played her a recording of Josh on the sitar and she got super active. We’re trying to train her early since Josh has a vision of Sophia basking in the glow of listening to him practice and then one day picking up the little baby sitar (that we already have–of course) to play with him.
Story-wise, NPR provides a solid range–she gets some Car Talk to stay in touch with her East Coast roots, some Think Out Loud to connect with her Northwest peeps, and Marketplace because Kai Ryssdal rocks. This American Life and Speaking of Faith provide moments for philosophical pondering. We’ve also got Daddy Cuddles cos the title is just so frickn’ adorable and Good Night Moon which my parents bought as soon as we told them we were pregnant.
But we know there’s more out there. So what are the songs we should be singing/playing? What are the stories we should be telling? And of course, we’re not just looking for in-utero recommendations, but the essentials we should have tucked away for Sophia’s arrival into this wide wide world.
On a side note, my father shared this anecdote the other day re: baby sex identification–he knows of three women who recently gave birth. All of them found out the sex of the babies at their respective ultrasounds. All of them gave birth to the opposite. Sooo…even though we’re calling Baby Fierce “Sophia,” who knows who we’ll meet in March:-)