Wednesday, 22 August 2007

On Top of Spaghetti

When you're a mommy it seems that you can pull song lyrics from your childhood out of the deep, dark recesses of your mind when in a pinch. I discovered this today when Logan was having his, now typical, morning teething attack. In order to distract him from the obvious pain, I like to sing at the top of my lungs. This confuses the little one enough for him to stop crying and curiously watch me for awhile.

My song lyrics knowledge is limited when it comes to appropriate songs to sing to a child. Somehow I don't think Pantera or Megadeth would go over well. And Logan is bored of my Shania Twain and Keith Urban montages.

So, out of the blue, I remembered a wonderful song I used to sing when I was small. "On Top of Spaghetti." I'm sure some of you will remember this little ditty. But for those who need a refresher, I will post it below:

On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball
When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table
And onto the floor,
And then my poor meatball
Rolled right out the door!

It rolled in a garden
And under a bush
Now my poor meatball
Was nothing but mush

The mush was as tasty
As tasty could be
Early next summer
It grew into a tree

The tree was all covered
With beautiful moss
It grew lovely meatballs
In a tomato sauce

So if you like spaghetti
All covered with cheese
Hold on to your meatballs


I didn't remember the whole song. I got up to the part about the mush. Come to think of it though, I don't remember ever having learned the rest of the song when I was little either. Anyway, Logan loved it! He even hummed along with me as I sang.

Which leads me to the second part of my blog which involves a bet that Terry and I have wagered. We were consulting our baby's first year book and it said that babies learn to talk and to walk around the same time (a year). It all depends on what they want to learn first.

I say Logan will learn to talk first, and Terry (just to be argumentative and make things fun) says he will learn to walk first. Whoever loses has to cook dinner for the family for a week straight.

Why do I think Logan will talk first you may ask? Well, I've been watching him closely and noticed that when he wants to wake us or get us to do anything, he goes for our mouths. He is always trying to get us to talk and then he knows we're awake. I've read that most babies will go for the eyes to make sure their parents are paying attention.

Second, as I mentioned above, he hums along to songs that we are singing. It's like he wants to sing along with us, but isn't sure of the words. So cute.

He also recognizes a lot of words already: Logan, milk, lunch, bath are among his favourites.

All the beginnings are there. Let's hope he keeps going. I want to win this one! hehehe


Anonymous said...

Ah! A new song to add to my repertoire...thanks for the refresher. :)

Anonymous said...

I actually found a really good site that plays the music as well as publishing the lyrics... if you forget the tune:

Julie said...

Never knew there were so many other verses to that song! I vaguely remember Alvin & The Chipmunks (the cartoon versions, not the CGI movie versions) singing it. My (figurative) money's on talk. With a word-lovin' mommy at home with Logan, that's my pick. Btw, are you teaching Logan sign language at all? Just curious, since that seems to be all the rage right now, and it does sound rather cool to me.

Anonymous said...

I was trying for a little while to teach him words like "food" and "mommy" in sign language. But he is so active that he just won't pay attention and he's not old enough or interested in learning how to do the signs himself. He would rather flail his arms about and grab everything within grasp!