When Baby Lighty was born, Britain was in one of the hottest heat waves the country had seen for a long, long time. With temperatures regularly reaching 27 degrees upwards, this soon gave way to one spectacular thunderstorm when the Little Lighty was approximately 6 weeks old.
Mr and Mrs Lighty promptly woke up that night, as the heavens thundered and clapped around us, but on sneaking over to Baby Lighty’s basket, we found that he was fast asleep still!
We are fortunate that he has always been a very good nighttime sleeper (I’m touching everything wooden that I can see around me, including my own thick skull, as I write this – don’t want to jinx it!!), yet in the daytime it’s a different story. We’ve perfected the creeping around the house move – or ‘the mime artist’ as one friend called it – that most parents will be familiar with, as despite sleeping soundly through his first ever thunderstorm, the littlest of noises will wake the littlest of Lightys.
He’ll happily sleep through our very loud, very ancient spin cycle on our washing machine, next door’s motorbike revving and pneumatic drilling when napping in the buggy when out and about, but will he sleep through the post dropping through the letterbox? Not a chance!! Here’s my little round up of Little Lighty waking noises:
- The aforementioned post dropping onto the door mat, or indeed the front door being opened. If he’s napping when I know that Mr Lighty is en route home from work, I make sure that he knows to creep – or mime artist – into the house!
- Velcro. Of any description. If someone takes off their shoes with a Velcro fastening nearby, he will wake up, guaranteed.
- The dishwasher being loaded or unloaded (there’s no ‘napping when the baby naps’ going on when the housework needs doing, is there mums?!) – crockery makes this a very difficult one to mine artist to!
- Creaking floorboards – every parent’s favourite!
- Typing, particularly on the computer, but equally extended to the phone if an email downloads mid-blog. I’ve pretty much given up on copywriting during nap times!
- Snacking. Ah, my favourite! *She says with sarcasm*! Why is it that the dustbin men can clatter and bang outside our house without Baby Lighty murmuring, but the minute I sit down with a cuppa and even slightly rustle the biscuit packet, he will wake up?! Super sonic baby hearing perhaps?! Impeccable timing?! And I know that this will only get worse once he’s weaned, as he’ll want to get in on the biscuit action. Sigh.
I know that these are just part and parcel of ‘parenting sod’s law’, and I am so very lucky to have a good nighttime sleeper, but let’s put it this way, I have to question, is this what Jumperoos were invented for, so that mums can have a sit down and a cuppa in relative peace?!
Oh no, wait, then we’ve got the Jumperoo soundtrack to contend with instead…! Better put that peaceful cup of tea on hold for several years yet…