Thursday, December 16, 2010


"Man is a great blunderer going about in the woods, and there is no other except the bear makes so much noise." -Mary Austin

Becoming a momma has made me super-sensitive to sound.  I had no idea what kind of racket everyone and everything makes until my day revolved around Maeve's naps.  So this is a a message from myself and all the other mommies of babies out there: Shhhhhhh!

Yesterday, Maeve finally seemed tired in the afternoon, and my uncle picked just then to take the front door off its hinges and plane it.  I have found myself enraged at drivers of buses, unnecessarily big-mufflered cars, sputtering motorbikes, and cars with faulty brakes.  I hate it that all summer and fall, the landscaping crew at my apartment came by with leaf-blowers and weed-whackers every other day during naptime.

So a relative of mine insinuated yesterday that I was spoiling Maeve by always letting her fall asleep in peace and quiet, and told me her youngest could sleep through anything.  I tried in vain to point out that youngest siblings naturally develop a thicker skin about noise because they have to if they ever want to sleep.  Talk about making a virtue of necessity!

I know I'm a newbie mom and I'm making a lot of the typical mistakes.  But please, when I tell you she can't sleep through the TV being on or your phone conversation, just humor me and go somewhere else.  I can only do this the way I know how.

Despite the maddening crowd


  1. How annoying! I really wish people would realize that, just like no two kids are alike, no two parenting styles are alike. You have to do what you think is best for your child and leave it at that.

  2. Totally agree! If you can create a peaceful place for your child to sleep...more power to you! Wouldn't you rather sleep in quite if you could??? I would love to have people be extra quite for me when I was trying to take a nap!