This is the first part of a new little series I’m gonna start called: HOW TO DAD! A little humor, a little bit of storytelling, and a good bit of How To. Leave a comment down below letting me know what you would like to hear my thoughts on when it comes to babies and their upbringing!
When we would have visitors when Killian was first born they would instantly hush up when they realized Killian was napping. “Please! Talk, sing, drop a dish, be loud around Killian when he’s napping.” I would say. The strange part is I meant most of it, not the dish part that’s too much to clean up.
Now I know this is so beyond the normal for most parents to say “make noise around the sleeping kid”. Who does that? Crazy people that’s who, if you go any deeper into my world here or over on Youtube you’ll see that.
Before Korina had Killian we discussed wanting to be loud around him so that he would be able to sleep through dogs barking, car alarms, hockey games, alien invasions or anything else that could happen on an idle Tuesday.
We never wanted to be those “SHHHHHHHHHHHHH The baby is sleeping!” parents that whisper scream at others like an angry Librarian. This isn’t to say that we don’t tell people to be as silent as possible around him sometimes. When he is in a particularly sour mood, due to teething mostly, we really try to sneak about. He still wakes up when our dogs bark like alarm clocks though, which is frustrating believe me.
We have never gone out of our way to be overly loud, we just wanted Killian to be able to recognize sound around him and be comfortable sleeping in noise. If you always whisper around your newborn then anything over that whisper is going to act as a stress or and wake them. This past weekend we were at our friend Jake and Jess’s daughter’s birthday party. Jaecee is four and needless to say there were what felt like a thousand and two kids there under the age of 5. Honestly I think there were no more than 10 kids there (they move very fast and I couldn’t keep an accurate count). Naturally we didn’t have a pack and play with us and there was nowhere to really put a 7 month old down to sleep in house of chatting parents and laughing children. So what to do with a tired baby who only wants to sleep in peace?
I strapped on the baby carrier and tossed him in, folded his arms up against my chest and boom. Out light a light. Even though there was noise everywhere Killian Jaymes quietly snored on my chest for close to 45 minutes. That’s something that wouldn’t have been able to happen if we hadn’t decided to live our lives around him while he slept.
Sometimes we make a loud noise and he does wake up, sometimes the neighbors in apartment B slam their 86 Oldsmobile door too hard and guess what? He wakes up very mad (Wouldn’t you?). Other times the death rays from the alien invasion buzz a little too loudly and he stirs. Who can blame him. I’m not calling this the perfect route to take but we’ve noticed how, for the most part, immersing your child in your life and subsequent noise and not treating your home like a library has helped us and him rest easier.
What do you think? Let me know if you agree or disagree in the comments!
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