Thursday, May 17, 2007


My dad is a hummer (one who hums, not the giant car/truck). I'm not sure he knows he hums. But everyone else does. I don't think he hums actual songs, just little tunes he makes up while he hums.

I'm a hummer too. A co-worker once told me she knew it was me in the bathroom stall because she could hear humming. I don't think I knew I was doing it. Sometimes I know, sometimes I don't.

Anyway, the song I've been humming lately is from the Philadelphia Chickens CD of Andrew's. It has a swinging 40's feel.

Dinosaur, dinosaur, lonely and shy.
Dinosaur, dinosaur ready to cry.
Tyran-osaur, Banana-saur, oh saurus of mine!
You got a lot of buddies and you're gonna be fine.

I like the lyrics. Recognizing the dinosaur is sad, and trying to help him. It has a super fast tempo and Andrew and I often dance around the living room when it plays. It's one of those that gets you up and moving. I love it. It's a total cheer you up song. Yeah, you feel lonely, but really? You got a lot of buddies and you're gonna be fine.

Today I "opened a case" for Andrew. I have worried about his speech for months. He has about 20 words, but uses maybe 5 a day. He forgets some words that he used to know and it takes tons of repetition to learn a new one. I hear mothers say that they talk to their kid about something and a week later the kid uses that word, out of the blue. I'm not sure that has ever happened with us. My pediatrician recommended that we do this back in September and I put it off. Let's not push him, he'll get it. Maybe by the end of the month he'll have more words. Don't worry about those kids with incredible vocabularies (Micah!!!). Don't compare. That's not fair to anyone.

But I want to stop worrying. If there's a problem, I want to help him. If there is not, I want to stop worrying about it. I feel really good about this. I think it is the right thing to do. I thought I would be all torn up, but I'm not at all. I feel like, I saw a potential problem, I knew what to do, and I'm doing it. That's what mothering is about, right?

So, Andrew, I think I hummed it best:
You've got a lot of buddies and you're gonna be fine.


Tara Whalen said...

And you are getting some therapy from doing pages. I love it.

Robyn said...

Yeah. I really am. This was a perfect thing for me to do today. I love this little guy.