The Wiggles in Concert

This past weekend, we took the kids to see The Wiggles live in concert. We have been fans of The Wiggles for some years now; their upbeat, original, catchy songs are great whether you listen to them or watch their videos. Aiden was never a fan of “kids music” as a young child, but for Damien, The Wiggles are his everything when it comes to video content. 

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We didn’t quite make it to age 2 before we started pulling out videos as a way to cope with the stupidly early mornings that toddlers of this age often go through. As with Aiden, we first cycled through short videos on YouTube, and music of course is a favourite. He went through some classic Elmo videos and a few others before getting hooked on The Wiggles. There’s been no turning back. It’s only recently, after 8-12 months now, that Damien has been ok sometimes watching something other than The Wiggles. 

Since Damien is obsessed with The Wiggles, Aiden has had a lot of exposure to them as well. Sometimes he hides his like of The Wiggles though, since I think he’s a little embarrassed of how much he likes them. When the kids pick songs to listen to, he’ll say something like “Damien, do you want to listen to Shimmie Shimmie?,” so that it’s not really him asking for it. 

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As with that, Aiden pretended that he wasn’t excited to go see The Wiggles, but he was. He passed up a birthday party offer to see them and all week he talked about it and how much “Damien” loves The Wiggles. At the concert, Aiden was beside himself excited and could even be seen doing some of the motions and songs. You know, as long as he thought we weren’t watching ;)

Damien was excited too. “We join’ a Wiggles!!” was heard all day. He napped for about 10 minutes on the way to The Wiggles concert in Surrey, and I was just about to transfer him to the Ergo when he woke up and yelled “We join’ a Wiggles now!!” the second his eyes were open. Quite hilarious. 

Damien was mesmerized for most of the show, completely zoned into their every move. He didn’t participate as much as I expected, but then again he was on my lap instead of on the floor with a guitar in his hand ;)

He clearly saw everything though, as he re-enacted their “Ralph Lauren” horse skit with his own giraffe and was singing some songs throughout the following days. 

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I was so incredibly happy to be able to provide this opportunity to my kids. How often do you get to see your idols in person? It completely melted me to be able to do that. After passing on Raffi tickets when Damien was in his Raffi-obsessed stage (because they seemed so incredibly expensive), this was an extra special experience to be a part of. 

As for the adults? Well, I have to say the current members of The Wiggles are incredibly talented. The show was done live with a lot of improv and there was enough comedy in the show, enough personality, to make the show that much more special. A very talented group of performers. 

Aiden Loves Thomas and Friends

Aiden likes trains

Aiden is a huge fan of the Thomas and Friends franchise. He actually received his first set of Thomas trains when we were still in the hospital with him!

Since then, his collection of trains has grown to include 3 different sets as well as a few extra train pieces. If we had more room, we would for sure have a train table. Until then, Aiden makes do with various smaller configurations of trains on the floor – always featuring at least one hill. He loves hills and bridges.

Aiden’s favourite train is Percy, so we got him a motorized Percy for Christmas. It caused a little bit of initial frustration for Aiden, when he couldn’t push it on his own, so now he has a classic wooden one too.

Aiden’s love of Thomas and Friends includes many toys and books, including:

Aiden may love Thomas, but it’s not yet an obsession. He’ll read about any train; his current favourite train books include Busy Trains and The Little Engine That Could. Additionally, while you’d expect Aiden to watch a lot of Thomas videos, he actually prefers Dora the Explorer.

Ready for Doctor Who?!

It’s no secret that I love tv. Heck, I made a living out of knowing the ins and outs of television for many years – what was good, what was likely to be good, who was likely to become a ‘star’. I still kinda do keep my foot in that sphere, though not as much.

Along the way, I became a fan of many tv shows. Too many. But some of my favorite shows are also ones that Ianiv convinced me to watch – like Doctor Who. Last year we watched the ‘newer’ portion of the series, from 2005 onward. LOVED IT. Wow. And now it’s soon to return – a minisode just aired to get us all excited:

New episodes of Doctor Who come out on April 23rd.

Aiden’s Television Debut

Aiden made his television debut today on Breakfast Television as guests of Christine Pilkington of VancouverMom.ca in a segment on dressing kids for the winter. Here’s the segment.

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We woke Aiden up and whisked him out the door, feeding him breakfast in the car. Once there, he got bundled up in a fab Columbia Little D Fleece Bunting Suit with a beyond cute dino hoodie. I wish I’d known about this, or the other Columbia suits, before. Many are layered and have built-in mitts. SO MUCH SMARTER. Oh well. On top of the bunting suit, Aiden wore a Tuffo Muddy Buddy and Stonz booties.

Aiden was great while he was there. He’s pretty much a social baby, and even tried to get the host to carry him (though thankfully that was before we went on camera). It’s his kind of thing. Was a fun experience!

Aiden on Breakfast Television Tomorrow

Tune in tomorrow to Breakfast Television to see Aiden (and me) as guests of Christine Pilkington of VancouverMom.ca in a segment on dressing for the winter. We should be on at 7:40am.

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I don’t want to spoil it, but Aiden looks suuuuper cute in his outfit!!

For those of you who can’t be in front of the tv, the video will come online a day later and I’ll embed it here. :)