This here bringer of the pooper to the fun party

Oh mon, mon, mon, mon, you are

Leta has recently figured out how to operate the DVD remote and because of this we are now forced to watch a certain Sesame Street DVD over and over again. Never mind that we have seven different episodes stored on the TiVo including the one featuring a skit where two Weimaraners are dressed up as old women and are making peanut butter from scratch with their human hands. She couldn’t care less about that episode, pity her bad taste. My one hope in life is that when we all die and go to heaven a Weimaraner dressed up as an old woman will greet us at the gates.

Also, since we’re on the topic of Weimaraners, here’s a reminder of why the Daily Oliver is the best website on the Internet.

The Sesame Street DVD is filled with all sorts of children’s songs like I’ve Been Working on the Railroad and She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain and that insufferable Jacob Jingleheimer song which I’m certain is being played right now at an unbearable volume in some prison to torture a terrorist suspect. Dude is probably wishing they had instead just cut off his arms and forced him to eat his own fingers.

Leta now knows all these songs and sings them line for line, a remarkable feat considering she had never heard any of them before this DVD. Last night as we were getting her ready for bed she broke into a violently off-key version of Row Row Row Your Boat, and I realized that she had learned it solely from watching television, that it required no input from me as a parent. People, this is an example of everything that is right with America.

Last night we also got out the video camera because she was singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with so much gusto it could have been the national anthem. She may not have all the words right, or any of them for that matter, and in this clip she doesn’t even start in the right place, but this video shows that the television is doing a pretty good job of raising my kid.

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  • brandy

    I havent read all the comments but the dogs in Sesame Street are William Wegman, which Im guessing you know, I have 2 video tapes of his dogs doing ABC’s and Nursery Rhymes…both good if you are medicated.

    Love the clip, too cute! I like the little warble she does on I think the word “sky”! And seeing Chuck deep in thought made me think he probably talks like Jack Handy, you know if dogs could people talk.

  • Why do we even bother learning the words to songs when this is so much cuter (and funnier).

  • Priceless!!! She can sing for us anytime. That just made my day.. thanks Heather!

  • Apparently, Chuck is sick of that DVD too, because if you look closely at the video of Leta singing, it looks like he is trying to climb into the fireplace so he doesn’t have to hear any of those songs EVER AGAIN.

  • choice

    Although I could only make out “sky” and “you aaaarree,” my fave part is the way she grabs her hands in the middle preparing for her big finish. Such esteem that child has.

  • Holy crap that is the cutest thing ever. I watched it like 6 times and couldn’t stop laughing. Her “Skyyeiyeiyeiyei” with the head bobbing killed me. American Idol watch out.

  • Meg

    Who needs the words when you’ve got enthusiasm? I mean, that’s probably how Liza Minelli keeps going.

  • is that chuck trying to set himself on fire in the background?

  • Am I the only one who can’t even think of the real lyrics after hearing “oh mon, mon, mon, mon you are”? That was hyper-cute!

  • This made me laugh with her.

  • I can’t wait to go home and watch it. Stupid being at work!

  • Sue

    Very cute! Is that Chuck in the back sticking his face in the fire??? Even better…
    🙂

  • What a cutie! This is precisely why I say NO to “TV Turnoff Week.” You can read my “treatise” at my blog. ha.

  • UMG27

    Hehe! V cute! is my English just bad or is Leta singing in her own language? And Chuck! He looks like he is in deep thought…..

  • One more time….. WITH GUSTO! (That girl’s got gusto. Too, too cute! What a grin.)

  • Am I the only one who can’t even think of the real lyrics after hearing “oh mon, mon, mon, mon you are”? That was hyper-cute!

  • Leta is cute, but the best part about this whole clip is Chuck in the background, apparently attempting to hurl himself face-first into the fire.

    Maybe he’s making a statement about Leta’s singing?

    Maybe he wants to know what roast dog tastes like?

  • Are you sure that’s twinkle twinkle? I just listened to that at work and my co-worker wondered if I was ok!!

    She’s adorable!

  • As a mom who was forced to watch Dora sing Happy Birthday for two months straight a few years ago, I feel your pain. When she’s asleep, scratch it real bad. Then when it won’t play you can get her to watch the one you like.

    Oops it’s broken, sorry honey.

  • That is the cutest video EVER.

  • Oh lord.. delete half of those. Musta been cuz I was laughin’ so hard over Chuck.

  • The cuteness! It’s overflowing!

  • Joy

    She is absolutely adorable!

  • TheGirlWho

    Although Leta is more adorable than that singing puppy in the dog food commercial (omigod I cannot get ENOUGH of that.. are you with me??) I am nearly wetting myself over Chuck in the background. Opus Dei ritual? Roasting marshmallows? Good TV, that is.. better than The Street any day… Weimaraner or no..

  • TheGirlWho

    Although Leta is more adorable than that singing puppy in the dog food commercial (omigod I cannot get ENOUGH of that.. are you with me??) I am nearly wetting myself over Chuck in the background. Opus Dei ritual? Roasting marshmallows? Good TV, that is.. better than The Street any day… Weimaraner or no..

  • Don’t worry about the TV thing, My son Kendell is learning to dance from Nickelodeon, and thank God because he’d never have a social life if I had to teach him…blah

  • *falls over from cuteness*

    I love how proud of herself she looks!

  • TheGirlWho

    Although Leta is more adorable than that singing puppy in the dog food commercial (omigod I cannot get ENOUGH of that.. are you with me??) I am nearly wetting myself over Chuck in the background. Opus Dei ritual? Roasting marshmallows? Good TV, that is.. better than The Street any day… Weimaraner or no..

  • TheGirlWho

    Although Leta is more adorable than that singing puppy in the dog food commercial (omigod I cannot get ENOUGH of that.. are you with me??) I am nearly wetting myself over Chuck in the background. Opus Dei ritual? Roasting marshmallows? Good TV, that is.. better than The Street any day… Weimaraner or no..

  • For me, it wasn’t a success until I convinced Snowflake that his yogurt was in fact, Tubby Custard! Gobble, gobble.

  • Heh, that’s really nice. Not so much hearing the twinkle twinkle vibe, but adorable nontheless.

  • jacks

    She is TOO cute! I love it.

    I love Chuck just kind of hanging out in the background soaking up some warmth by the fire.

  • as i’m at work, and a toddler singing from my computer might give away teh whole not-actually-working thing, i just watched that without the sound. whoa. first of all, crazy cute and i can’t wait to get home and hear what she’s actually singing. but second, watch it without the sound. it is straaaaaaaaaange.

  • That’s hilarious, and it reminds me to get a video of Ethan singing “Wanted Man.” It’s pretty priceless.

  • Cantonese, right? Mandarin? Klingon? Whatever, she’s adorable.

  • wait.. we’re not supposed to let the tv raise our kids?

  • cmvnapa

    What I think is great is that you always do her hair. Very rarely do we see her without pigtails. My two always had cascades of unruly hair because I remember the agony of braided hair and didn’t want to inflict it on them. I needed to tell myself…they are NOT me.

    Love the Oliver site. Our (not for much longer) intact Lab is currently featured on our desktop in a pic rolling around with his walnettos prominently displayed.

    Loved the Jon and Chuck picture you had last week. So sweet.

  • Oh, the Cutest Cuteness with all the Cute.

    Precious!

  • FashMags

    OMG! The cutest kid ever!

  • sassy7cassy

    I am very excited to see all the asses who poop their pants over Heather’s slyly placed comments regarding TV and raising her daughter.

    Leta’s pigtails kill me. Seriously. Soooo cute!

  • Someone took her “cute” vitamins this morning!!! She is precious. Sesame Street helped raise our entire generation, and we turned out pretty good, didn’t we?!!

  • aprilbob6

    I can’t listen to the sound while I’m at work but that was fabulously cute regardless!

  • Mack’sMom

    So can I assume you haven’t seen the episode where the Weimaraner are dressed up as lumberjacks?

    Does Sesame Street have to have the declaration at the end of the episode where it says “No animals were injured in the making of this program,” because that would just be a lie!

    Those two dogs are probably getting picked on by all of their doggie friends!!! That’s just cruel!

  • Amy

    Melmo, BeBird, Nee (Barney) and BopBop (Baby Bopp)are all playing a big role in teaching my little girl her ABCs, of the people in her neighborhood (including a cheese), itsy bitsy spider and how to clap your hands or stomp your feet or yell hurray when you’re happy. She does the dances, the actions and it now singing the last word of each song. TV rocks!

  • mediaguy74

    Wow what a cute kid!! I see a future for her on American Idol.

  • Sandy

    SO cute. I just signed up , but have been reading Dooce for a while now. Leta is adorable.

  • jillouci

    That is so ridiculously cute that I don’t know what to do with myself. Ovaries… gaining control…

    P.S. I never realized what trouble your detractors took to be able to detract. I mean, they have to have a special detractor account and everything. It takes like five whole minutes.

  • jillouci

    That is so ridiculously cute that I don’t know what to do with myself. Ovaries… gaining control…

  • god bless sesame street …

  • kawaface

    i have to admit, i would not have known the song had you not told us…

    but it’s still fuckin’ adorable!