America’s Best Dance Crew co-host Layla Kayleigh is letting readers follow along as she tackles first-time motherhood — daughter Melody Rain is now 10 months old. In her latest blog, Layla ponders having a second child — how do you decide when the time is right? — and learns Melody doesn’t like to be laughed at!
Melody in her nursery – Courtesy Layla Kayleigh
“When is Melody getting a brother or sister?” She isn’t even a year old yet, and I’m already getting this question, accompanied by a “nudge nudge, wink wink” from the inquiring party.
From family members to strangers, this seems to be the first thing that they ask me. I smile and politely reply, “The shop is temporarily closed,” and they just give me an awkward stare and proceed to change the subject.
Is it crazy that the thought didn’t even cross my mind until others brought it up?
It’s not that we don’t want more children — in fact, Steven probably wants more sooner rather than later — it’s just that I’ve been so involved with Melody that I didn’t even think about when we’d expand our family with another little bundle.
Melody gets the giggles – Courtesy Layla Kayleigh
Before I had Melody — back when I didn’t have a clue about motherhood — I always used to say, “I wish I could have twins so I’d only have to go through childbirth once.”
I also know people who’ve had their children a year apart, which is awesome too because the siblings get to be close in age and share so much together.
I don’t know … how do people make these decisions? I mean, right now another baby is not even on my radar! However, I’m questioning if that’s selfish of me.
What would Melody want, y’know? If only she could tell me…
Melody’s a dancing queen – Courtesy Layla Kayleigh
And speaking of Melody, she has become quite the little dancer! She’s learning to stand holding on to anything and everything she can get her hands on. Any time she hears the sound of music, she starts doing this funny head-banging dance as if on cue, like she’s dancing to Nirvana in a mosh pit!
I’ve noticed she doesn’t like being laughed at either — if I start giggling, she gives me a death stare and screams at the top of her lungs as if to say, “Don’t you dare laugh at my very awesome head-banging dance!” If I want to watch her performance I have to force myself to not even chuckle, which is VERY hard!
Last but not least, Melody took forever to get her teeth and then they all suddenly came in! She now has four — two on top and two on the bottom — and the two upper side teeth are starting to come through, which definitely makes her a little cranky. Poor thing.
Melody’s new teeth – Courtesy Layla Kayleigh
— Layla Kayleigh
How did you decide when the time was right for a sibling for your little one?