The Soundtrack To My Life

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My eldest was a very quiet baby in the evenings-he wouldn’t go to sleep, but if there was a chest available, he’d quite happily snuggle into it quietly, rummaging around for milk every now and again. Baby number two inevitably had to make up for what we’d lost out on the first time. He was on a mission to make us as crazy empathetic to others going through the same madness, by screaming non stop, from 6pm sharp, till 11pm, for the first 8 weeks. Big Ben and the talking clock actually were set by the start of his shrieking.

To amuse myself, and make myself feel better through the, quite frankly pointless, shushing, patting, feeding attempts, changes of scenery, numerous rubbish ‘remedies’ suggested to help him, I’d listen to music on my headphones and dance around a bit. My husband would be busy playing the baby soothing music, which of course did naff all, but made him feel like he was at least contributing to the cause.
Whenever I hear the songs that I used to listen to during that time, it reminds me that, as a lover of dance and movement, there is a song and a dance that sums up every part of my day…

The Morning: ‘Where did you sleep last night?’ (Nirvana.)
A question that is frequently asked in our house of a morning. One night recently, I went to sleep on the sofa because of my husband’s snoring, the smallest got into bed with the husband, who came to swap with me because he couldn’t cope with the smallest kicking him, and the eldest had at some point fallen out of bed, rolled underneath it, and slept there. ‘Morning everyone! Where did you sleep last night?’ A question I didn’t think I’d be asking my children until they were teenagers…!

When Everyone Is Up: Sleeping Bunnies (probably made up by a well meaning leader of a playgroup somewhere, many moons ago…) I like the first part of this song. The children lay down and pretend to be asleep. In our house, we like to drag this part out as long as possible, especially if it’s really early, and we are rubbing our bleary eyes and drinking our bodyweight in coffee. And also because once they start ‘hop little bunnies hop hop hop, hop little bunnies hop hop hop,’ you know that they will basically be running around for the rest of the day like deranged rabbits until they drop.

Trying To Get Out Of The Door: Crazy (Knarls Barkley.)
‘I remember when, I remember when I lost my mind…’ That’s me, after socks and shoes that have been put on one child, are taken off, while I’m putting them on the other, and while tandem pooing is taking place (always when we are trying to leave the house-everyone knows this is the primary law of sod.) It invariably ends with trying to bend two planking children, to try and get them into the pushchair.

While We Are Out: The Conga. Or the Buggyboard Conga.
You know when you’re doing a conga, and you are awkwardly bent in the middle, because you don’t really want your hips (or bits,) touching the person in front of you. And you know when nobody’s feet are actually in sync when doing it, and you end up kicking the person in front (while maintaining adequate distance from each other’s bits.) Well, pushing a pushchair with a buggy board, is like doing a permanent conga. You have a person between you and the pushchair handle, so you’re awkwardly bent in the middle trying to reach it. The board also constantly gets in the way of your feet, and you spend the whole…time… you are out, kicking the damn thing. It’s like a constant party, but with less people and nowhere near enough alcohol. ‘Na na na na, and we can do the (buggy board) conga!’

Throughout The Entire Day: The cha cha. Or the pelvic floor cha cha.
In the cha cha, there is a step called the lock step, where you find yourself with your legs locked, like you would if you were ya know, crossing your legs to stop you peeing yourself while you sneeze or cough. I add this little move in frequently to my day. Walk along, feel a sneeze, lock step, and carry on. I walk around doing the conga and cha cha, like a regular Flavia Cacace.

Any Mealtime: The Hokey Cokey.
We play the mealtime Hokey Cokey at every single meal, it goes like this: ‘You put the whole spoonful in, you take the whole spoonful out. In, out, in, out, f**k it, I’ll spit it on the floor…’ And repeat.

Bath Time: The Final Countdown (Europe.)
Ok, so after numerous songs that could potentially be all about bath time (Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, Umbrella, I Will Survive) because my children always get more water on the floor than they keep in the bath, bath time always symbolises the Final Countdown to me. That final push until wine time, until Netflix time, until…quiet!

Bed Time: Wide Awake (Katy Perry.)
Of course they are. Having yawned through the afternoon, being prodded by me to keep them awake through the CBeebies bedtime hour, now it is time for them to actually sleep-THEY’RE WIDE AWAKE!!!!!! Time to bring out the big guns-‘there will be NO kinder egg tomorrow if you don’t go to sleep NOW! (Usually a winner in our house.)

When They’re Asleep: Survivor (Destiny’s Child.)
I definitely like to congratulate myself for surviving another day. And dragging out some noughties fashion, channelling Beyonce (and trying to get my husband to be Kelly or Michelle,) and banging out ‘I’m a survivor, I’m gonna make it, I will survive, keep on survivin’ is the ultimate way to do this, followed of course by…

Gin and Juice (Snoop Dogg)
A song title, and exactly what I want to do once the day is over, usually with the dulcet tones of Coldplay reminding me ‘nobody said this was easaaaaaaay….!

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64 Comments

  1. October 3, 2016 / 8:09 am

    Hahahaha yes to gin and juice o’clock! And never s truer word spoken Mr Martin, nobody said this was easy, and we definitely are survivors! I think I’d add Thats not my name by The Ting Tings after being heckled at ‘mummy muuuummmy muuuuummmmmy’ 406 times in 60 minutes! #bigpinklink xx

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 8:16 am

      Oooh, that’s a good one!! And one I’ve often used with my children too! ‘Mummy’s not my name anymore, and I won’t be answering until you’ve guessed my new one…!’

  2. October 3, 2016 / 8:13 am

    I love this! I think Gin and Juice is how we all feel at the end of the day! #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 8:17 am

      Most definitely!!

  3. October 3, 2016 / 8:28 am

    Hahaha! Yep! Gnarls Barkley is a good choice! I doing bath time on my own for the next few days so I think I might start playing the final countdown to help.
    #BigPinkLink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 8:37 am

      It’s so hard doing it solo isn’t it!! I have nothing but resentment for my husband when he’s not there to help!

  4. October 3, 2016 / 8:28 am

    We’re totally at the musical beds stage in our house; it’s like a puzzle each morning trying to figure out what went on. #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 8:37 am

      Ha!! Great analogy!!

  5. October 3, 2016 / 8:37 am

    “The Buggy Board Conga” is my new fave thing ever and I will be partaking in it later this afternoon with a giggle. Although when I first tweeted your post I quoted the “Buggy Board Cha cha slide” by mistake. Maybe this could work too though? “Sliiiiiiide to the left…” Sounds about right if my buggy board steering experience is anything to go by? Maybe we could adopt the new Buggy Board Cha-cha conga. That covers it! :0) So funny. Loved it! xx #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 8:39 am

      I’m on it-the Buggy Board Cha Cha Congo is coming to be taught at a playgroup near you!! It’ll be the latest dance craze sweeping the nation!!

  6. October 3, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Haha this is really funny, I love the meal time soundtrack especially. I’ll have this in mind as I go through my day once the baby is here! #bigpinklink x

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 8:55 am

      I must bear in mind that my posts may be off-putting for those who don’t actually have their babies yet…😬😬! Although to be fair, the mealtime one is very accurate…! But it’s a little observational humour, and I’m sure it’ll be NOTHING like this for you when you have your baby!!!!!! X

  7. October 3, 2016 / 9:03 am

    Hee hee…I’d definitely have ‘Walking on broken glass’ for every trip across my son’s Lego-strewn carpet. Oh and if you’re doing requests please can you dedicate ‘Oops, I did it again’ to my friend who has just announced her FIFTH pregnancy! 😉 x #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 9:42 am

      Um… WOW!!!!! That’s definitely Britney worthy!! 5th??!! I can’t comprehend it!! I love the walking on broken glass suggestion, thanks for that one!

  8. October 3, 2016 / 9:30 am

    Love love love this! I nodded along the whole way through reading..these songs sum up my day perfectly too. Especially ‘Crazy’ for leaving the house and ‘The final countdown’ for bed time 🙂 xx #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 9:44 am

      I’m glad you liked it!! Those I think, were my favourite songs too!!

  9. October 3, 2016 / 9:58 am

    Music helped me a lot too. Pacing the floor with a screaming baby was not easy but thanks to a mix of dance/rock and country music, it was easier.

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 10:05 am

      Rock definitely helps!!

  10. October 3, 2016 / 10:02 am

    Amen to the Gin & Juice! The final countdown is still one of my favourite times of day too, however lovely my littlies are. Falling asleep or not, I’m having that child free hour, even if it’s to nap on the settee! Thanks for sharing! #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 10:06 am

      That’s exactly how I feel about it too! I WILL get that time to myself, no matter what!!

  11. October 3, 2016 / 10:59 am

    Some great songs there and you reminded me of ‘Sleeping Bunnies’…that’s a blast from my past 🙂 Alison x #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 11:25 am

      An oldie, but a goodie!!

  12. October 3, 2016 / 11:28 am

    HA! “Gin and Juice” is a great theme song for the end of the day. I’d also suggest “Red, Red Wine”. #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 11:30 am

      Another good suggestion!! I’m getting lots of extra choices through the comments!

  13. October 3, 2016 / 11:31 am

    He He! I can definitely relate to most of these especially Crazy to try and get everyone out the door. So been there with the buggy board Conga, but THINK we are over that stage now and I frequently sing “Final Countdown” and “I’m a Survivor” to myself (or anyone else that cares to listen). #BigPinkLink xx

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 6:27 pm

      I can’t wait to get past buggy board conga stage!!!

  14. October 3, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    I absolutely love this. Especially ‘Survivor’ and ‘Gin and Juice.’ I like the idea of a soundtrack of our days, like we’re in the movies. I remember when my baby was small she loved the dance track ‘Peanut Butter Jelly’ – it was on my ipod and it had the effect that when I used to go for a run (fnar, fnar, like that lasted) that I would just burst into tears cos it reminded me of her. #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 6:28 pm

      That is quite possibly the sweetest thing I’ve heard all day, possibly all year!!!

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 6:28 pm

      Plymouth or Bombay Sapphire?!

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 6:29 pm

      Thanks!!

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 6:29 pm

      It’s going to be the latest dance craze!!

  15. October 3, 2016 / 1:07 pm

    This is brilliant chick – pass the gin; ABSOLUTELY!! xxx #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 6:30 pm

      Make mine a triple!!

  16. October 3, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    Footloose, Kenny Loggins for those moments when it is just getting too much, the gin and juice hour is still a long way off and you want to break free for a bit….#bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 6:30 pm

      Added to the soundtrack, with thanks!

  17. October 3, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    Great list and funny at the same time because i can imagine the songs playing at those times, especially survivor lol. #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 6:31 pm

      Destiny’s Child really need to reform!

  18. October 3, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    Haha brilliant. ‘The final countdown’ – yes bath time marks a line being drawn in the day and marks the start of bedtime. This was the one and only element of a routine that i ever got into with my three! I also loved the Hockey Cockey one! Great!! #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 6:32 pm

      Thanks! Yes, there’s something so very special about bedtime. At Christmas, when it’s bedtime, I like to sing ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the day’ as per Frank Sinatra!

  19. October 3, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    What an excellent playlist! Magical. Now I cannot seem to get Raindrops keep falling on my head, out of my head…it’s been hours. But that is atrue sign of an amazing post! #BigPinkLink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 6:33 pm

      My work here is done!

  20. October 3, 2016 / 4:57 pm

    Ah, you forgot that old 80’s classic (you’re not old enough to remember) by Joe Dolce ‘Shuddup in your face’ who hasnt wanted to scream that at the whinging kids every now and again 😆
    #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 6:34 pm

      I have heard that song! And yes, there’s been many times I’d love to sing that to the whingers, often with added expletives in my head!

  21. October 3, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    Hahaha, brilliant. I particularly enjoyed the Conga and Survivor. We are all survivors everyday!! (fist pump) #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 6:34 pm

      Those two seem to be going down very well!!

  22. October 3, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    I love that sleeping bunnies makes it s a song in your soundtrack! That made me giggle. That’s how you know you are truly a parent, when nursery rhymes are considered songs. Love it! 🙂 I completely agree about bath time being the final countdown! A great, fun read #bigpinklink xx

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 6:36 pm

      Thanks!! Yes, I did feel a bit weird about adding sleeping bunnies, proper confirmation that I’m a parent!! Snoop Dogg, Nirvana, Sleeping Bunnies, makes it quite eclectic!!

  23. October 3, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    Love this! Survivor is the soundtrack to our evenings also!! The soundtrack to my daytimes is Help, I need somebody!! Just an extra pair of hands please!!! #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      October 3, 2016 / 6:37 pm

      Another brilliant choice, that I will add to the soundtrack!!

  24. October 4, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    This is great! Thanks for hosting #BigPinkLink. I’ll be thinking about my soundtrack.

    • This Mum's Life
      October 19, 2016 / 4:38 pm

      Ha! I didn’t even think of that!!! Subconscious symbolism!! I’m definitely too traumatised to do the little one now, he’s def waiting till next year!!

  25. October 6, 2016 / 7:03 am

    I can definitely relate to this – especially the buggy conga #bigpinklink

  26. October 6, 2016 / 11:01 am

    It’s 10pm and my son who just turned 7 calls out mummy I can’t sleep I’ve tried 10 times! Oh gosh if only he would just sleep! I’m exhausted right now lol #bigpinklink

  27. October 7, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    Ha ha .love it. Some of those would definitely be on my playlist, although I must be the only person in the world who has never heard of the bunnies one (I am clearly deprived as are my children).

    It’s good to know that we all muddle through together!

    #bigpinklink

  28. October 7, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    Haha! Lovethis! The Hokey Cokey made me laugh out loud!! #bigpinklink

  29. October 8, 2016 / 5:09 am

    Hi Lucy, that is a pretty diverse soundtrack and one you’ll probably be adding to over the years. I hope you have all the above songs saved in a playlist so that you can play it at your children’s eighteenth birthday or somewhere fun like that. My son used to fall out of bed and end up sleeping under it. I could never work out how he did it without waking up as our floors are cold marble. Although once I realised it was an ongoing thing I used to put a foam mattress so at least he couldn’t hurt himself.

    #BigPinkLink

    xx

  30. October 9, 2016 / 7:51 am

    Ha ha – this is fab, what an eclectic mixture! 😂 #bigpinklink

  31. October 9, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    This is wonderful…that sleeping bunnies one has got to be on mine as well, I feel like we sing it every day. And Crazy…what a perfect choice! Thanks for hosting #bigpinklink lovely to join in x

  32. October 10, 2016 / 7:45 am

    Ha ha this is fab!! I can so relate to a number of this and now have the final countdown running through my head!! Lol. We are definately lucky our number two doesn’t have a witching hour(s) unlike his brother. Amazing what you forget about! Thanks for hosting #bigpinklink xx

  33. October 10, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    What a great list! I had to laugh when I read “The Final Countdown” because that’s the song the Hubby played again and again when I went into labour with LP. On our way to hospital that’s all I heard! 😀
    #bigpinklink

  34. October 10, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    So funny! Trying to think what sums up some days here but all I can recall is singing ‘I love you baby’ from 10 things I hate about you, over and over again to my newborn… mushy but true. Though now she’s nearly 2 I’m definitely feeling more final countdown at bedtime!! #bigpinklink