My mom used to tell me these cute little stories when I was growing up and before my own children were old enough to speak. These seemed like cute little things that she just HAD to be making up. She also told me what she called the “mother’s curse” which I also believed had to be just another story. Well, all I can say now, 9 years after my first child was born, is LISTEN TO THE STORIES YOUR MOTHER TELLS YOU! These stories probably aren’t made up, and mom isn’t telling them to you as a joke…it’s real!
It’s a bumpy ride! This story has to do with drives in the car. Now, as anyone who has been reading for a while knows, I don’t drive. I have, however, come across this when in other people’s vehicles or on the bus.
As anyone who spends a lot of time around toddlers/infants knows, little ones are constantly experimenting with new sounds. I can’t tell you how many days I have spent with any one of the four little ones running around all day going “da-da-da-da”, “ga-ga-ga-ga” or “ah-ah-ah-ah”. At around fourteen to eighteen months old, each of these four noisemakers (and apparently my siblings and I, too) featured to “mmmmmmmmm” sound. They all thought the sound itself was AWESOME. This sound was also the one where volume control could actually be noticed by little ears (“mmmUMMMhmm”).
Like with any of the sounds, this sound was not confined to the house. It accompanied us on walks, to the grocery store, to the bank, family’s houses, EVERYWHERE! Within a few days of starting this sound, each of them (and us!) took the sound on the road.
When this sound is made in vehicles, it takes on a whole new life. Bumps, potholes and turns become more fun for kids than ever before. The sound becomes more fun too.
If you have never done or heard this before, I can’t describe the sound to you. You’ll just have to try it for yourself. Hum “mmmmmm” in the car/on the bus on your way to work or any other destination. Make sure to experiment with volume too. Doin this on unfamiliar roads is even better because if you are too familiar with the road you’re on the bumps aren’t a surprise and wont impact you the same way.
The first but is more cute than anything. The surprised look on the little one’s face is absolutely priceless! Soon the change in the sound isn’t as much as a surprise anymore, but the timing still is.
Eventually the little one will begin to pick up how different the sounds become. It never fails that the little one will break into CRAZY fits of giggles over these changes. This quickly becomes a favorite game.
The four kids in my family are three, seven, seven, and nine. This game can still amuse each and every one of them on boring drives. While it can get annoying sometimes, this is one of those things that I wish will never end.
I still find it hilarious to watch the four of them falling over each other, not able to sit up straight, laughing with and at each other over this little humming game in the vehicle!
There is also nothing like climbing off the bus at your destination laughing like a maniac with your kids and not able to see straight due to the tears in your eyes!
Crazy? Yeah, for sure! Some of the best fun you’ll ever have with the little ones though!
No matter how dark the day, the sun is always shining somewhere!