Monday, April 29, 2013

#makesmesmilemondays Dancing with my Daughter

Beautiful Ballerina
My daughter, age 3, *loves* to dance. She takes ballet and tap lessons, and already has many of the moves down pat (as well as their names in French!). At home, every day, she asks (read: demands) that I play some of her favorite tunes so she can dance. She puts on a tutu or some other costume, and takes over the living room dance floor. While at ballet class she is quite demure, at home, she is a mini Martha Graham/West African dance prodigy.

When I was first pregnant with Chiara, my OB/GYN was unable to detect a heartbeat at my initial visit. He told me to go home and come back in a couple of days, whereupon he'd try again. That night, I went to my usual West African dance class at the Old Town School of Folk Music. I asked my teacher and the drummers to please play some heartbeat-inducing beats that night, and they most certainly followed through! I was determined to get my baby's heart ticking: two days later I heard that first, strong, steady heartbeat of my daughter. It's no wonder that she is a dancer at heart!

 She also always asks (read: forces) me to join her. This is a good thing, as it is awfully hard *not* to have your spirits lifted when you are dancing around with your peppy 3-year-old to some upbeat, girl-power strong music. Here are some of my daughter's current dance party requests.

 Happy Monday!
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