When Elspeth was a baby, she didn’t really seem to care whether I sang or not – or I couldn’t tell if she liked it – but I did it anyway just in case she was enjoying it. Then she went through a phase of asking me not to sing at all. It’s only quite recently that she has actually shown signs of liking it: now every night at bedtime she asks me to sing ‘Golden Slumbers’ to her.
Evelyn is different. Even now, at less than five months old, I can tell that she likes hearing me sing. When she’s unsettled, I sing ‘Three Little Birds’ to her, and the moment I start singing she goes quiet and still, listening happily, and sometimes goes to sleep while I sing. During the day, I sing more upbeat songs and I sing louder, and each time I begin Evelyn breaks into smiles. She loves it!
It’s nice to be appreciated.