Sunday, November 30, 2008

My Little Dancer!

Chicken Dance!
My love for God grows so deeply each time I look at my children. He knit them together in my womb (psalm 139:13), and they are truly "fearfully and wonderfully made" (psalm 139:14).

Abigail is only 2 1/2 years old (almost) and in this short period of time I have said many times "just like when she was first born!" I am certain it is something I will say many more times in the years to come. I believe that a child's personality shines as early as when they are in the womb. I witnessed this with Abigail. Of course I am not saying (exactly) that Abigail was the one who decided to be breech but it sure wouldn't surprise me! She is determined, independent and has a personality that lights up the room. I am a little bit biased of course, but this is something I have been told many times by others. She has early on let us know, what she wants, when she wants it, how she wants it, etc.
So taking a look back at her first days, music has played a big role. Her bassinet came with a music box that played 4 lullabies. In the middle of the night when she would stir I would hit the button to play the music. She would fall back to sleep almost immediately. When I would put Abigail in the car seat it was pure torture. She would cry the most piercing cry (she still has a piercing cry and voice!) and nothing would settle her down. I bought a wonderful lullaby CD and within seconds of the first song playing she stopped and listened. When she was 2 months old, my hubby bought a CD with children singing, she would kick and move excitedly when it played. I quickly started to believed that there was something in her that music spoke to. Since Mason was born I am convinced all the more, because Mason would have none of that music business. As much as I tried it neither calmed him nor comforted him. I know this explanation is proving to be a bit long but I am wanting to point out that music has always moved Abigail. This has put such a yearning in me to get her involved in activities that have music. I found a dance class for children as young as 2 and I took her to her first dance class. Of course I dressed her up in a cute leotard, tights, and put her hair up in a bun.

Abigail dancing and twirling!
Doing the dolly Dance!
Abigail was 1 of 2 girls who were in the class. The other girl didn't speak English and was a bit shy. Abigail on the other hand was all over the room, dancing, watching herself in the mirror, twirling, running back and forth. It was when the music played that she was truly attentive to what was going on. I will close this post out by saying, Abigail is only 2 and I do not know what role music will play in her life. It is my job to help her experience different avenues and encourage the areas she seems to love. God is the only one who knows the steps she will take. Whether or not they are dancing steps doesn't matter, what matters is the joy she is experiencing right now and the look in her face when her music plays... my own heart and spirit dance!!


* TONYA * said...

Well done on getting your blog up and running ... watch out, it becomes very addictive :).

I'm not sure if I've 'met' you yet, but I'm on MTSD too.

I'll keep checking back in here.

erin1227 said...

Hey there Christina!

Not sure if you'll recognize the name or remember me, but my son Jacob and I met you a few months ago. I saw your post on MTSD and had to check out your blog! I have been using blogspot for a while now, too. It's such a great way to document the little stuff that will make you smile a year from now...and share it with so many people!

Hope you and your family are doing great. Best wishes for a very happy holiday season!