Simon playing with his “newest” toy.
It’s actually a used 1950s Jaymar toy piano that I bought off ebay. Myles had a great aunt who had one very similar to it and Myles really wanted Simon to have one. Specifically after he heard an interview with Gabriela Montero on NPR. She is a extremely talented Venezuelan piano player who mixes improve with clasical music. We enjoy listening to her classical improvisational album. And guess what she had as a toddler…yep a toy piano.
Don’t get me wrong we’re not trying to turn Simon into some sort of musical prodigy or anything (well at least I’m not, I guess I shouldn’t speak for Myles). The piano is just a fun toy but it really does hold Simon’s interest. He bangs around on it quite a bit.
This is a little confession – to get a shower, use the bathroom, or check my email I sometimes put Simon in his port-a-crib with some toys (it’s set up in my office). This morning I was checking my email and I turned around to find him standing on top of the piano holding on to crib railing. So I guess we are done having the piano in the crib! And last weekend we had guest staying with us so Simon slept in the port-a-crib all night. Myles rocked him to sleep and went to lay him down when he realized that the piano was still in the crib. You can’t pick up the piano with out making a racket so Myles just left it. At 1:30 am we woke up to Simon “playing” the piano.
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