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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Life's a Musical

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Life's a Musical

Johnson & Johnson couldn't have said it better when they came up with the tagline, "Having a Baby Changes Everything." But beyond falling for your baby, childproofing your house and taking on diaper duty, you may find yourself in the midst of a musical.

Think The Sound of Music minus the von Trapp children in curtain clothing, well — unless you can sew. So you aren't Julie Andrews and you may even be tone deaf, but once you deliver you'll find yourself sporadically breaking out in song.

While I'm not sure why this happens, I think it has something to do with being sleep deprived, hormonal, or just wanting to get your child dressed or in the tub and singing seems to speed up the process.

And, songstress isn't the only title you'll take on, songwriter will also be added to your repertoire since you don't really know all those songs you thought you did and repeatedly singing "Pour Some Sugar on Me" sober during daylight hours is draining. Sorry Def Leppard.

If you're worrying about performance anxiety, it's a thing of the past. Just wait until your kid pitches a fit in public and then you have to choose between belting out a few rounds of "Wheels on the Bus" or dealing with heavy sighs and head shaking.

I'd like to tell you that this musical mama mode is a phase that ends, but it doesn't. In fact, it's contagious — my daughter is nearly four-years-old and already chimes in on duets. So get humming.

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