Thursday 25 April 2013

The Baby Alarm

Once Leo goes down to bed, I try to be quiet...Very quiet.

Restricting the use of the stairs is the secret to keeping him in his silent slumber.

The stairs creek and moan in a fashion fitting a old haunted house.

There is no quiet way to go up or down quietly.

I know because I have tried a variety of different ways.

Taking two steps at a time...
Jumping the last few steps....
Going down backwards....

You name it, I have tried it.

I more than likely have a bruise or bump from each individual attempt...

Of course there comes a time each and every night where I have to climb the creaky old stairs, because inevitably I do have to get to my bed.

*Creek* *Creeeek* *Creeeek*

I consider my stairway mission a success if I reach either end and still have a sleeping child in his bed. A mission fail means that my little man is wide awake and I am kicking myself for picking that moment to go up.

With a successful ascent I can see sleep on the horizon.

All I have to do now is get along the creeky landing and into bed without tripping over anything...

Easier said than done when you don't want to turn on the landing light through fear of the 'click' and the light being the wake up call that you really, REALLY do not want.

Then of course you just have to set your alarm so you get up in time the next morning... 

Oh wait. No I don't.

My personal alarm clock goes off at many different times. 

He doesn't have a snooze button and often goes off many hours before I actually need or even want to get out of bed.

I actually let out a little chuckle when I set my alarm last night. I knew deep down that it wouldn't be needed.

When the monster rises between 5-7am and starts shouting 'Dada' I know it is only a matter of time before he is in bed with us.

Even though he will go back down at 5...He has been waking every 20 minutes to half an hour right up until it is time to start my day.

I blink away the sleep and determine whether he will go back down, or whether that is it for tonight.

I dose in and out of sleep as he jumps up and down on Daddy and I.

*Beep* Beep* Beep*

Then hide under my pillow and close my eyes tight as my alarm clock confirms that it is time to get up and start my working day.



  1. We basically NEVER set an alarm clock anymore, unless we need to be somewhere early. It seems a bit pointless when we have two living, breathing alarm clocks living with us! But it does backfire on us occasionally and the kids decide on a lay in when the hubby has an early work appointment. x

    1. Kid's really do eliminate any function an alarm clock should provide! x

  2. This is a great post! Mine is the door handle, not the stairs (I have no stairs) My door handle on the lounge door creeks as you pull it down and as Moo insists on sleeping with the door open I dread pulling it down every night in the fear of waking her!

    Whats an alarm clock???? My Moo has a voice like a foghorn (seriously she does!!) and I am sure the neighbours will vouch that she is their alarm too! Luckily she wakes at a reasonable time between 7 and 8 so its not too bad, Ive not used an alarm in 4 years!

    1. Thank you :)
      I think we all have a part of the house that we avoid once the baby is in bed through fear of waking them up!

      Who needs alarm clocks!??

  3. Noise has never particularly woken any of our 3 up- in fact I used to be able to strip the wet bed, and change the boys clothes entirely without waking him up when he was little. We thought we were hard done by when he didn't sleep through the night until 8 months but his sister didn't until she was two and a half and the littlest is still going strong with two night time wake ups for milk. If we don't feed him, he will wake the other two up :-/

    I feel your pain though- I can count the number of full nights sleep I've had in the last 6 years on my digits :)

    1. That's amazing! Leo would wake if I so much as stepped on the creaky stairs in the wrong way!


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