She's Not My Grandma - Row, Row, Row Your What??

"My journey through motherhood at age 39 and my goal to keep up with my energetic child!"

I thought I remembered most of the nursery rhymes and songs I sang as a child. Turns out, I only remembered 1 verse for each of the 10 songs I knew. (There are a MILLION songs out there, by the way.)

One of the wonderful and unique parts of Stroller Strides is that while we exercise, we sing to our little ones. But when I first started out, I felt embarrassed that I didn't know these songs. What kind of mother am I going to be if I can't even sing common nursery songs to my baby? Turns out it didn't matter!

At my first class, I learned that there was more than one verse to Row, Row, Row, Your Boat. I learned all of the words to Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, and found out that there was also a teeny weeny spider and a big gigantic spider to go along with the itsy bitsy spider! And then, I learned about the ant.s. And they go marching. For. A. Very. Long. Time... Soon, that became my daughter's favorite song. It was long enough for her to fall asleep when I rocked her at night time (this was when we had to rock her, lull her, bribe her to go to sleep). But, my husband heard me singing one day and questioned my version of The Ants Go Marching. He didn't believe that when they marched three by three, the littlest one had to pee, or when they marched nine by nine, the littlest one drank some wine. Eventually, I learned the correct version...but I still like to mix it up once in a while. The pressure was off with the songs now. I was one of the moms in class who sang loudly because I knew (most of) the words, and my daughter loves the songs. I also realized that it didn't matter if I didn't know the words; I could fake it, and still see a big smile on my daughter's face!

But, when I became an instructor, I had to learn so many more songs. Apparently, you can't keep singing the same 10 songs at each class. So, I bought CDs for my daughter to listen to. And then I looked up those songs on the internet to get the lyrics. Have you ever listened to a bunch of nursery songs? They're terrible! Ring Around The Rosie is about the plague. Found a Peanut involves poison and death. This Old Man...who even knows what that song is about, but as a former prosecutor, I can't help but think This Old Man is some sort of predator. And the old man who snores when it's raining and pouring? Pretty sure that guy had too much to drink and passed out.

Anyway, the songs are fun to sing (even when you make up the lyrics like I sometimes do), but most importantly, the smiles coming from the strollers are priceless.

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