It’s fair to say that most people have heard of the saying ‘never wake a sleeping baby’. Why is it then, that these big department stores have the LOUDEST ladies’ voice announcing in the lift that the doors are bloody closing?! I know they’re closing and the lift is going ‘up’ because I PRESSED THE BUTTON, so please SHUT UP before you wake my sleeping baby!
Not only do I have broken sleep every single night (obvs comes with the territory), but it’s pretty normal for me to be pacing up and down at any given time of the day to get Stanley off to sleep in his pushchair. It would be a ton easier in the first place if these big shops made it more convenient for us parents to have the baby supplies on the ground floor, but more often than not that’s not guaranteed, so you end up facing the dreaded lift. I’ve become familiar with the shops on my local high street now that have ‘quiet’ lifts, or ‘loud’ lifts. I found myself the other day putting my hand over the speaker in one lift because I knew how load the announcement was going to be!
When I’m not cursing at the lift speaking lady, you may find me rapidly reversing my pushchair down shop aisles as I hear another baby/ child screaming in fear my sleeping baby wakes AGAIN! On the other hand, I have been to a handful of high-pitched children’s parties where Stan has shockingly slept soundly through 30 excitable, sugar loaded kids and yet wakes suddenly by the slightest squeak of my bed (he’s in our room). I WAS ONLY TURNING OVER and NOW you wake??
I’ve recently discovered that if he wakes up to soon- much like the rest of us- I have to be prepared for a few grumps and slow ‘coming round’. Of course other people might not see the big deal in it, but then they’re not the ones that face the repercussions of an angry, sad, unsettled child.
Surely not #smileystanley I hear you say? Yes.