Leila is not a big napper. She prefers a 40 minute cat nap to the mythical 2 hour snoozathon I keep hearing she “should” be having (oh, that “should”. How easy a new mother’s life would be without that “should” ringing in her ears). Really, do some babies do this? And if so, what on earth do you do with all the sweet, sweet time? Dip it in chocolate and swallow it whole, I can only imagine.
My mission last week- and it was successful, thanks to the Baby Whisperer- was to get her to nap in her cot. First time took 40 minutes. Today it took 10 seconds. TEN SECONDS. Booyah! But I haven’t the heart to try to extend her naps at the moment. Before I realised she “should” be sleeping for longer it never bothered me anyway. And I am grateful for my 40 minute chunks of relaxing me time opportunities to wash myself and/or the house. But the babe, she is very easily woken whether snuggled up in her cot or out on the razzle in her pram. And for this reason I today found myself cursing:
The postman (for making the letterbox snap)
Local takeaways (for same reason)
Vehicles with diesel engines
Vehicles with two-stroke enginees
Vehicles starting, accelerating or otherwise making any noise
Children playing in the park (how VERY dare they?)
Children talking in a shop
Neighbours shouting at their children
Neighbours closing their front doors
Just, neighbours. Do they have to live so close?
Myself for coughing
Myself for walking up the stairs
(Mind you, the only one of these hazards which actually woke her up was the children playing in the park- specifically a teenage boy with an extremely unbroken voice, squealing “NO GOAL! NO GOAL!”)
In short, the solution is for the world and everything in it to cease making noise whenever my baby is napping. It’s only for 40 minutes at a time, after all. Not too much to ask, surely?