Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Please don't stop the music

Rhianna and Little Elvis have something in common -- they don't want the music to stop.

For a while now, Little Elvis has cried when I stopped singing lullabyes to him. So much that I stopped singing songs to him at bedtime. He cries when some of his noisy toys that are difficult to turn on stop as well. And if the Happy Monster Band stops singing, well... you get the picture.

Little Elvis was a little tooncey (my mom's word and it fits many of my moods, as well as Little Elvis' moods) at the start of story time this week.

He sat on the floor by me, kind of in the circle of other kids, and showed me the mats and books on the floor.

At the start of the activities, we sing a welcome song to all of the kids. When it stopped, Little Elvis began bawling. I stood up with him and took him to the back of the room to calm him down.

They read a story, and by the end of it, we were back on the floor near the circle. We began to sing another song, and I inched us closer to the group.

Then the song ended... and the crying began. Crying isn't the right word. He immediately turns red in the face, makes his really sad (kind of funny and cute) face and the tears start pouring out of the closed eyes.

I explained to the group that he sometimes cries when songs end, and stood up to leave. But the leader said we could just sing more songs.

They sang the ABC's. Once we got to "next time, won't you sing with me" Little Elvis bawled. I, again, stood to leave.

But the leader wouldn't let me. We sang for about 10 more minutes. At the end of each song, Little Elvis would bawl and I would try to leave. I wanted to leave. He most likely wanted to leave as well. But that leader was new, and I think she just wanted to end the "story" time as quickly as possible.

All of the other mothers seemed shocked. They just gave me that look. The look that said, "Thank God that isn't my child."

I hate that look, although I'm sure I've probably given it.

What frustrates me even more is that I cared. I know what a good boy Little Elvis is. He just doesn't seem to like this library. To be honest, I'm not a big fan myself, but it's in the neighborhood.

And it's kind of cute that my son sometimes cries when songs stop playing, right? I think it is. I think it's funny that he loves songs that much.

I know he needs to learn the skill of sitting in a group, but I'm not so sure I should try to teach him at this library or with this group. We've gone several times and he's had issues just about every time. There's another one that's only a couple of miles away, and it's by a fun park. I might give that one a try instead.


Anonymous Dawn @ Coming to a Nursery Near You said...

Poor baby! Obviously, he's got music in his bones :) If he isn't comfortable there, I'd check out the other place too.

We haven't done anything like that here. I'm too much of a germophobe, truly. lol But also, we never have the car, and it's a major pain in the butt to get all of us up and ready by 7:30 in order to take Jimmy to work so we can go to the library. We have our own story time instead LOL

8:14 PM  
Blogger mpotter said...

that's a very funny "affliction".
hopefully it's a phase he'll grow out of. or, can you imagine the rest of his life? he won't be able to go to a baseball game and hear the nat'l anthem. ha.

definitely check out the other library. if you're not comfortable there, why push it?

i know what you mean when you say cute when he cries. the expressions are adorable, aren't they?

good luck!!!

10:39 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Isabella and I used to do storytime at the library quite a bit until she turned about 13 or 14 months of age. Then, she was much more interested in walking around, exploring the room (also filled with toys), and doing everything BUT sitting still. Maybe you can find a different group that's completely music-focused for him?

8:55 AM  
Blogger LiteralDan said...

I think we've all been trapped in that endless loop of music with kids, although it's better at least when it's not you doing the singing. Then it's just cruel-- babies like to put us in our place.

11:52 PM  
Blogger MIP said...

Aww, it is cute that he cries when the music stops. And I know and hate that look too, I think most mom's do.

2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw, that's cute he cries when the music stops. I hope you have better luck at the other library group!

10:31 AM  

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