It was Mom Mom who first introduced the girls to "Trippity Trop," as they call it. She'd bounce them on her knee, repeating the rhyme:
This is the way the ladies ride
[lightly bouncing] Trippity trop, trippity trop
This is the way the men ride
[more roughly bouncing] Bumpity bump! Bumpity bump! Bumpity bumpity bumpity bump!
The girls love the bumpity bump part, and ever since they were little babies, they'd laugh and laugh. Having Jem on my lap, just whispering, "This is the way the ladies ride" into her ear would throw her into a fit of giggles.
My version of Trippity Trop involves lying on the floor and having them sit on my stomach. It started when Jem climbed onto me as I relaxed on the floor and started bouncing on me -- ouch. She learned how to sign "again" while playing this, and uses the sign freely.
One night while we were in Maryland, K had his team over for a barbeque. One of the guys had lain down on the floor, unsuspecting like. Next thing he knew, Bug entered the room and climbed aboard, expecting Trippity Trop. We all laughed, but the poor guy was mortified.
::End Buggy Tangent::
Lately I haven't been able to do Trippity Trop so much. The girls are growing, and since they insist on riding together, it does a number on my back and stomach.
After playing several times with me, the girls apparently hadn't had enough. Bug lay down and hithered Jem to her. Jem climbed aboard and Bug went through the rhyme.
I sat watching, thinking, "How sweet is this??" When Bug finished one round, she said, "Ok now, OFF!" and bucked poor Jem sideways onto the floor. Now where did she learn that??