“A lullaby should be timeless because it’s a timeless concept – the birth of the child.” – Patti Smith
In the initial weeks, I used to sleep a lot. In fact, every time I woke up, someone or the other would always sing and rock me back to sleep, but as I started growing, my sleep hours during the days decreased. Even now when the sleeping schedule has changed everyone is still busy making me sleep. I wonder what is wrong with these adults … all they want is that I should just sleep, sleep and sleep. Is it possible! Ok now with the lockdown I do see papa doing it sometimes 😉
When people around me are trying to put me to bed, each one sings a different lullaby. In the initial days, it was just humming. Then Miss A started with ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ and Mommy started singing ‘Rock-a-Bye Baby’ (as she used to sing it for Miss A). Both these lullabies were soft and I would quickly doze off into my dreamland. Mom sometimes also chants the Gayatri Mantra.
Rock-a-Bye Baby has become mine and everyone’s favourite lullaby. Whenever it is played on Alexa, it creates a perfect environment for me to sleep. Though the message of the lullaby is … when the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, and down will come baby and all. However, I know for sure that no one will ever let me fall! Mommy has added her own few lines … but don’t you worry mommy will catch you! I love this lullaby as it has a very soothing and tranquilising effect on us and very often both of us dose off together.
Now Papa has a different set of lullabies for me. Initially, when I used to cry, because of a bad colic pain, he would request ‘Alexa’ to play ‘Bekhayali (from Kabir Singh)’. Mommy would get mad at him for playing such a loud and rowdy song to calm me down, but I liked the music along with the beats. I would stop crying instantaneously. He would then tease Mommy and say, “See she stopped crying! and has even dozed off.” After that, she stopped saying anything to him, mainly because the purpose was to calm me down and put me to sleep.
Just a week back, Papa requested Alexa to play instrumental lullabies. Some songs were shuffled and a playlist started playing. When Mommy heard the first song, she literally threw a fit and said, “Who the hell has categorised Shape of You under a lullaby”. I don’t know why she was mad but I loved the music. It was little different.
Everyone has their own favourite lullabies but I guess we all settle down for Rock-a-Bye Baby. The best part about this lullaby is that even if Alexa does not sing it, everyone can sing it on their own and within a few minutes I am in my dreamland. Now even Papa has started singing it … and believe me, he sings the best version of all.