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    The Darndest Things: 5 a.m. Opera

    January 26, 2009 by Brandy Vencel

    Now that I have four children and all of them have officially done this, I am starting to suspect that maybe most babies do this? You other mothers will have to ring in. Does {did} your baby put on a concert in the early morning hours?

    Allow me to explain.

    With each baby, we have experienced this phenomena. I’m not sure what age my other babies were. I never wrote it down. But I would say it was between five and ten months old. They were sleeping through the night at this point but not yet walking. Anyhow, Baby O. just did this for the first time this morning, and all my memories of all the other babies doing this came rushing back.

    There is no alternate way of putting it other than to say that they wake up and sing. In fact, they seem to wake up for the purpose of singing. They do not cry. In this morning’s incident, Baby O. awoke with a gasp that scared me {his crib is close to my side of the bed}. I saw him lift his head, look lovingly at his favorite stuffed toy, the dalmation puppy he already cannot live without, and begin to coo at the top of his lungs.

    It was 5:30 a.m.

    This continued until almost six, when he suddenly dropped his head and went back to sleep.

    Did I mention they have all done this?

    It is so strange to me, these early morning concerts. I keep wondering what the purpose is, whether their brain is practicing something specific. Either way, I expect to see a few more concerts before the week is up.

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