Monday, June 04, 2007

better when we're together.

It would help if you sort of hummed a Jack Johnson song to yourself while you read this post. Me, Nate, Claire, Monk and Jack Johnson went on a (very tiny) campout this weekend. Jack has gone with us on every driving trip of Claire's life since she was four months old. Car trips during those first four months were HORRIBLE. She would cry and scream and freak out for miles. As a new mom, unaccustomed to the wailing of a wee one, I would pull over the car and hold her, nurse her, sing to her, give her toys. Nothing worked. I even gave up driving for a short time and would walk everywhere to avoid her sobs. While my thighs thanked me for this effort, this city doesn't have great public transportation and the walking wasn't fun when it wasn't by choice.

A friend suggested playing Jack Johnson in the car for Claire. He had worked for her son. I was skeptical, but this was an easy fix. I already had that yellow CD. I'm telling you, this guy is the Pied Piper of babies. From the first guitar strum, Claire chills out like a champ. This has worked for well over a year with 100% effectiveness. The only problem is that I've been sitting, waiting, wishing that I could get something else into my head for close to a year now. This week, I bought a new (old) Jack Johnson CD. Amazingly, it has the same effect as the trusty yellow one, but gives this mama a break from those delicious banana pancakes.
We secured Jack by rigging up a boombox in the back of our camper bus, and headed into the mountains. Our first family campout was short, but was a ton of fun. We went for a walk and on the way back to our campsite, were drenched by an almost tropical downpour that wouldn't stop. Hot and sticky from our hike, the rain felt awesome and Clare laughed in the ergo carrier the whole time. When we got back to our (drenched) campsite, we changed, loaded up our drenched belongings and headed home. Our gameplan had been to put Claire to sleep in the bus and hang out by the fire together for a few hours before joining her. "Hang out by the campfire" suddenly became "sit quietly in the bus while Claire fights to stay awake and probably throws things at us." Braver parents might have attempted to stay, but we are not those parents.
Since this fortunate fool has been sitting here for much too long trying to incorporate "no prints can come from fingers if machines become our hands" and "sepiatone loving" into an already too long post, I will hit "publish" before the girl wakes up from her nap. Maybe this is how it's supposed to be.

15 comments:

momaof4 said...

So I had no idea what Jack Johnson was...for a minute, I thought it was a name for a dog :)

But I then I went to your Amazon link and listened to his music. Curious George! Got to love it.

Where did you head off to for camping? Looks like a fun hike!!

Leslie said...

You know, these are great stories for you to tell Claire when she's older. She's gonna love hearing about your tactics for putting her to sleep.

How's the name of the blog coming along anyway?

ang said...

i was right there with you during this post. we are still trusting jj to put clark-o to sleep. sometimes a drive in the car with that playing is all that works to get him down. i think i know every word of every song on that cd. "do you remember when we first met? i sure do.."

Glory Laine said...

Great post. I'm in love with the hippie camper. Jack Johnson has that effect on Tobin and me too.

My name is Kari said...

Karen,
Our little dog is Monkey- our constant companion is Jack Johnson :)

We hiked east of Detroit, near the hotsprings. It was lovely.

katie said...

hey kari, we really need to get together, I got the reply on your last post I commented on, but am lame and also your e-mail address was on my work contact list, and I did'nt go back to work... I kind of know what it is, if I remember correctly it is not that hard... so I will give it a try, if not nate will be getting an e-mail to pass on.... I miss you guys..... Katie

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