We have an Amazon Echo at home, and use it to play music during family downtime. (We listen to a little everything — from Alanna Boudreau to John Denver and Ed Sheeran to Jon Foreman — depending on who asks Alexa to play something first.) Our two-year-old asks for music almost daily now, and will happily dance around a little in between games and meals and tantrums. Even our nine-month-old will clap and bounce along when a good song comes on.
On the rare day when both kids are sleeping at once and I have a few minutes of downtime, I’m always struck by just how quiet the house seems. The hush that I once rushed to fill (looking at you, always-have-the-TV-on-even-just-as-background college years) is now equal parts peaceful and bizarre. It gets crazy and I’ve probably suffered some amount of hearing loss already, but I love the chatter of my kid-filled house these days.
So here’s a fun little post for a Monday. In no particular order, these are the sounds of my daily life. Too bad most of them aren’t particularly good for dancing (except maybe #13, depending on your settings).
So much screaming.
2. Embarrassingly loud, public baby farts.
Loud enough to make you and your husband look at each other and whisper, “Was that just a fart?”
Melts your heart every time.
4. The slamming of little feet all over your house.
Whoever called it a “pitter-patter” had poor language skills. (It’s still cute, though.)
5. Breakable items falling from their careful perches.
Another one bites the dust.
6. Tearing paper.
Why do they rip all the paper?
7. Pudgy little limbs running into furniture, walls, and so on.
Followed by “You really should watch where you’re going, honey.”
Sometimes it’s cute. Sometimes it drives you crazy. Context is everything.
9. The scrape of furniture and/or toys along your new hardwood floors.
I don’t even care anymore.
10. Coffee percolating.
Why does it take so long?!
11. The oven/microwave/Crock-Pot timer chiming the sound of a nutritionally complete meal — which no one will want to eat.
It’s okay. You tried.
12. The long, tense pause between when a child falls and when (if?) they start screaming.
Sometimes partly filled by desperate pleas like “Good fall! Everything’s fine! What a brave baby!”
13. Your alarm clock sounding a full hour after you’ve actually woken up.
Maybe tomorrow you’ll remember to turn it off before insult adds to injury yet again. (Probably not, though, because sleep deprivation makes you forgetful.)
14. Yet another unsung hero ringing your doorbell.
What moms did before pizza delivery and next-day shipping on diapers is beyond me.
15. Incoherent babbling.
This covers cooing babies, toddlers with poor pronunciation, and parents who are very, very tired.
Kids are expensive, and I’m bad at budgeting.
17. The phone ringing at the worst possible time.
It’s uncanny. It never rings unless I don’t want it to.
18. “I love you.”
Whether it’s from my kids or my husband—this one is soothing to the soul.
19. Everything you say, repeated.
“Gosh, do I really sound like that?”
What’s my name again?