Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Cheer Up, Charlie

It's a...

So obviously I'm pregnant. My belly is getting bigger by the day, and there's a little fellow in there who loves to kick and twirl and twist and turn. But I forget about it a lot and then...I'm suddenly reminded. Kind of like when my friend Jennifer leaves a comment on my Facebook wall about how she hopes I sing "Cheer Up, Charlie" to Charlie when he is sad. And I don't really know what song she's talking about, so I google it. And then spend the next three minutes crying so, so hard while listening, and it hits me, HE WILL BE HERE SOON. Charlie. My second son, my little man. Baby brother, baby boy.

"Don't you know your grin, has always been my sunshine..."

The sweetest song for the sweetest little fellow, that we haven't yet met. 10 weeks.

Do you have any special songs you sing to your little one? We love "Roll With Me Henry" for our Henry, and then besides that fun one, we have some silly made-up bedtime songs that have become classics. I'd love to hear about yours. And if you're viewing this post in a reader, be sure to click out to listen to the song below!

Cheer Up Charlie by Danielle on Grooveshark

31 comments:

  1. Awww I love that song!
    Logan really loves "Open Shut Them" right now. I have a full repertoire of kid songs from my preschool teaching days.

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  2. I sing or play "Into The West" by Annie Lennox (from The Lord of the Rings) at nap/bed time. Cash thinks it so fun when dad sings along to "Float On" by Modest Mouse. "Free Bird" is very meaningful for dad.

    (Cinnamon-g1rl)

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    1. We sing that too at bed times!!! Love it!

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  3. That's so sweet. I don't have a little one, but you can bet people sing "Come On Eileen" to me frequently. I joke that I'm going to make sure my kids are named after popular songs so they can endure that torture ;)

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  4. I know all the words to this song being that I was in this musical in high school! It would be a great one for your little one!

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  5. My mom and my grandma sing "You Are My Sunshine" whenever I'm sad.

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  6. My son always asks for the robot song which is actually me and my husband doing a rendition of domo arigoto Mr. Roboto. and then laughing hysterically. we are a bunch of weirdos...

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  7. that song is just wonderful.

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  8. We always sing "Stay With You" by John Legend to the kids before they go to sleep. They ask for it and often sing along now. And when Daddy puts the girls to sleep they get a special rendition of Ballerina Girl (not sure who sings it originally). It's so very special.

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  9. Heya Danielle,
    I am loving reading your updates like this. I admit as a musical fanatic type, my first response was "how do you NOT know that song!!!" lol.
    I am 27/28 weeks pregnant with my first child, a boy too. All the twisting and turning is exciting (and nauseating). Charlie is a lovely name. Hope you are staying happy and healthy.
    Emma.

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  10. Great song! So excited for you, can't wait to see the handsome little man

    -Jade
    gracious-silhouettes.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Great song...we sing "doop do de doop" by blossom dearie a lot ;)

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  12. Our friends and family all sing "Call Me the Breeze" by Lynyrd Skynyrd to our 2 year old, Brees Elizabeth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_VHrGsYvbQ). We were at a party on Saturday night and the DJ put it on and we all took turns spinning here around the dance floor and she recognized it as "her" song:) Such a southern belle...

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  13. We sing "Twinkle, twinkle little star to our boys but we make it silly. When it say "up above the world so high" we add something silly "like a penguin in the sky", and change it every night. The boys are always so excited to see what is going to be in the sky that night.

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  14. When in Rome- The Promise. I sing this to my Kane when he is trying to sleep or when he does not feel good. He will be a totally 80's music baby.

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  15. my husband has been playing & singing tom waits' "picture in a frame" to our daughter since she was in my belly...when she was in the nicu, after she was born, he would sing it to her & it seemed to be the only thing to get her to settle down....2 years later he's still singing it to her every night before bed. i love turning on the monitor and listening.

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  16. I sing "You Can Close Your Eyes"/James Taylor to my kids when they're restless and sleepy; it's the most soothing, sweetest little song. I can't hear it without tearing up -- well that one, and "These Are the Days"/Van Morrison. Both lovely & total tearjerkers for me!

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  17. we sing "oh my darling" as cliche as it sounds, her name is clementine and sometimes it just fits :)

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  18. haha. i couldn't believe you didn't know what song she was referring to, although that might be because i have been fascinated with that book/movie since i was a small child. :) but it will be a great one to sing to little charlie!

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  19. i've been singing bits of "i will follow you into the dark" just about every night to my little ones. although my oldest is now starting to ask questions about what it means :)

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  20. I love when songs have names in them! Sometimes I consider naming my daughter Cecelia after the Simon and Garfunkle song but it's a little bit risque.

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  21. So sweet! I made up a song for my daughter when she was a newborn and it just stuck. She's 13 months and we still sing it. The hubby always sings her to sleep with that song... love, love, love.

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  22. So sweet! I made up a song for my daughter when she was a newborn and it just stuck. She's 13 months and we still sing it. The hubby always sings her to sleep with that song... love, love, love.

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  23. I love that song from Willy Wonka!
    So cute and awesome and you sing songs to your little boy (and baby in your belly) sounds with their name in it!

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  24. My daughter's name is Charlotte and we call her Charlie- cryyyyying now.

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  25. Oh, how lovely! My girl has a bunch of special songs that the various people in her life sing her. And ohhhhh boy, if you sing the wrong song, you'll feel her wrath!!

    We live in Indonesia, and her nanny sings a beautiful Indonesian lulaby called Nina Bobo. My husband sings a made-up German song to her called Kline Stella (he's Swiss). And I sing a lovely Italian lullaby called Stella Stelina (her name is Stella).

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  26. What a lovely song! Can't wait to "meet" Charlie!

    I'm 8 weeks pregnant and we have been listening to Carly Simon's Little Mr. Roo ever since we found out we're having another baby. I named our second child "Roo" (or the Finnish version, "Ruu") when I was pregnant with our first. Don't know why, but it stuck. When I found out I was pregnant, about a month ago, I got the feeling I'm having a boy. And then I found this song on Spotify. So exciting! :) Of course Roo won't be his/her real name, but that's what we're calling him for now.

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  27. Sleep eye,bling blang, and sack of sugar are our favorites as of late.

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  29. I sing that song to many people when they are sad looking. . . it annoys them, but makes them smile! Have fun learning it!! Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is my 3rd all time favorite movie.
    I do have songs for my sons, but only one of them has a name that has been used in a song we know of. . .the other has an odd name but we have songs for him too.
    +Victoria+

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  30. I'm not a mother myself, but I am a HUGE Beatles fan, so obviously I already have my names picked (if I ever have a child) and the corresponding song. Michelle if it's a girl (I love the "I love you, I love you, I love you! That's all I want to say" part, plus I could always and forever call her Michelle, ma belle)

    And obviously, for a boy I'd go with Jude because, hey Jude... :)

    Also related, Michelle's middle name would be Christine as in the Angel of Music from the Phantom of the Opera...biiiig theatre fan as well

    Creepy? Maybe, but at least I'm prepared! :) I just hope no one will have the same ideas hehe

    They probably do.

    Xo

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