Know any Good Lullabyes a Daddy can Sing?

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The video above is from almost a year ago, when Mackenzie was only 3 days old, and on our first night home I was singing to her in an attempt to put her to sleep.  She instead was watching me interestedly, and didn’t end up going to sleep until much later, but we at least got to share a pretty precious moment together as father & daughter.

I unfortunately got the idea in my head though, that she doesn’t go to sleep when I sing to her, so I’ve barely tried to sing her to sleep since then.  But tonight, she was climbing all over the bed (climbing on EVERYTHING, really) so I gave it another whirl and sang her “A Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night“.   She fell asleep during the last verse.  It was just too precious, and was another one of those awesome father-daughter things where she was beaming at me all the way until her eyelids fell down and she went to sleep.

Now, while that was indeed wonderful — I’m in a bind.  What other great songs are there that a daddy can sing as a lullaby?   Good, memorable folk tunes would be best — i.e. not just Metallica’s One sung softly.  🙂   Definitely am open for suggestions.

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Now She’s Walking!! | Ready, Steady, GO!!!

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After she took her first steps a little over a month ago, Mackenzie has been toying with the idea of independent walking, but mostly has stuck to crawling as her primary means of motivation. However, that all changed this week when she all of the sudden just picked up and started walking around the house. It was just BLAM – next thing you know she’s walking.

And for the first two hours (where this video footage was taken) she was just learning a new skill regards walking about every 10 mins. When she first started, she couldn’t turn. Then, 10 mins later, she was turning on her own. Then, she learned to stop & pick up something & stand back up on her own. Then she learned to do it without holding on to anything. It was just bam/bam/bam one after the other.

So proud of her!

Video: Playing in the Fountain

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Video: Playing in the Fountain, originally uploaded by tadnkat.

Mackenzie wanted to individually and repeatedly sample all three of the fountains in front of the Washington Monument when we were out on a walk yesterday.

Day 303 | Gymnastics Practice

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Day 303 | Gymnastics Practice, originally uploaded by tadnkat.

We’re in the midst of moving, and so took apart the crib to put it into the truck. When the mattress went on the floor, Mackenzie thought it would be great fun to start playing on it and doing practice somersaults. 🙂 This picture was taken right after she was trying to execute a somersault by sticking her head between her arms — just didn’t quite have enough oomph to roll all the way over.

Day 298 | She’s Officially Walking Today!!

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Unfortunately, this video is right after her historical walking event – as I wasn’t quick enough on the draw with the camera to get the magic moment, and she wasn’t into doing an instant replay.

But this is how the event happened: after mommy and I had been doing some practice walking runs, with the two of us sitting about 5′ apart and Mackenzie taking a step or two on her own, walking between us (like this video here), Kat & I went to do some other work around the house and Mackenzie crawled off to go investigate something in the kitchen. Then, she just pulled herself into a standing position against the oven, propping herself up with one arm, and then got interested in something else. So, without hesitating or thinking, she just started walking away from the oven, and took four good-quality steps before stopping and then pitching down onto her hands & knees to crawl away. Both Kat & I witnessed it – it’s official! 9 1/2 months, and she’s a-walkin!

Out kicking tires at the Subaru Dealership

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Mackenzie was here examining the rear-seat legroom on the 2010 Subaru Forester.

Day 258 | New Passion: Climbing Stairs

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Mackenzie has a new passion: climbing stairs.

We went out to the park on Saturday while mommy was at the Alexandria Mission, and more than anything else, MV wanted to continually tackle stairs of any sort. First, she wanted me tl lead her over them in a standing position several times, and then she’d want to try them on her own, crawling.

As anyone who was then at the Dianetics Anniversary event at the Scientology Church in Washington DC can attest, Mackenzie was then, again, scaling the stairs non-stop until she ran out of gas. 🙂

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