Wednesday, May 9, 2007

My Enemies

Some of you are all too familiar with my desire for Jansen to have the perfect sleeping environment. Hanging blankets over his window so it's really dark, the "soothing" sound machine, checking the overnight low so I know which pajamas to put him in, a fairly rigid bedtime and pre-bedtime routine, etc. I think this all stems from his major sleep issues as an infant...I am still haunted by it all. But the thing that I really go overboard on is wanting it to be quiet while he is sleeping. I insist on everyone using whispers if there is an absolute need to communicate, give dirty looks to the missionaries if they laugh too loud, no flushing the toilet, etc. Nate knows he is not allowed to tap his razor on the sink in the morning when he is shaving because I am just positive that Jansen can hear it and is in a light sleep phase so he will surely wake up. And there are a couple of perpetrators who should thank their lucky stars they are still alive. The leaf blower man and the garbage man. The noises created by these outlaws is unbelievable. The leaf blower man walks right by Jansen's window and revs his little leaf blower machine SO loud. And the thing is, there isn't even anything to blow away. And if there was, what's he gonna do...blow it down the sidewalk a few feet so that he can walk over to it and blow it again? Sometimes I stand at the door and try to get the courage to go out and ask him to skip our section of the complex. And you wouldn't believe the way the garbage man bangs the dumpsters against his truck. BOOM, BOOM, BOOM. Oh, and one more racketeer came out this evening. The-boy-who-drags-his-metal-wagon-upside-down-along-the-sidewalk. He and I had a little talk together. Well this blog has gone on long enough...I have to include one more detail though...I don't even know for sure if any of these things have ever actually woken Jansen up. But they could. So I will continue my vigilant effort to protect my child's sleep environment.




5 comments:

Cassidy said...

Did you delete your Why I love Nate post?

Anonymous said...

I TOTALLY RELATE AS YOU KNOW TO THE QUIET SLEEP TIME. WHEN YOU WERE A BABY AND NEVER SLEEPING WE LIVED ACROSS THE STREET FROM A FIELD AND SOMETIMES THIS KID WOULD RIDE HIS MOTORCYCLE. I CALLED THE POLICE ON HIM MORE THAN ONCE, I AM ASHAMED TO SAY. ALSO, IF ANYONE WANTED TO VISIT ME IT HAD TO BE BEFORE 7:00 P.M. AFTER THAT THERE WAS NO NOISE AT ALL ALLOWED IN THE HOUSE. THANKFULLY, GREG USUALLY WENT TO WORK AT AROUND 5:00 PM AND GOT HOME AROUND 2:00 AM AND THEN YOU WERE UP FOR THE DAY ANY HOW! IT GETS SO MUCH BETTER! I CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO MOVE. LOVE, MOM

Ang said...

I completely understand the evils lurking, waiting to wake your toddler. I have a few myself. First, our neighbor loves to spend his sunday afternoons with a little remote car running through the cul-de-sac. Our dear neighbor Alex often will fight his inner demons just below Evie's window in the front yard, and yes, even her father has been known to whistle loud enough to invoke my rage. I do it to protect Evie, or maybe to protect me and my sanity, which can only be retrieved during nap time. P.S. we also have the no flushing rule. Disgusting, but neccessary.

Anonymous said...

Jess-

Just want you to know how much I miss my kindred spirit.....and Romo and I were just laughing!!! Not that we've forgotten how funny you are....but we had forgotten just how funny you are!! Glad to see how great things are going for you!! I'll chat with you soon....same cell number?

Love-
Barlow and Romo

Cara said...

so funny what parents will do to keep their kids asleep. I love how you just tell it how it is. so funny.