Family fun: top shot.
With babies, it seems that the issue is not noise per se. It is the unpredictable, sudden, often loud noises that toddlers excel at; the exact type of noise to immediately trigger that baby startle reflex and jolt them into wakefulness and crying. Not good. Not good at all. Especially when you’re three hours in and it is the fifth time in a row, with everybody beginning to feel frayed round the edges from tiredness and irritation! So here is our girly, trying out kiddy headphones for the first time. A friend loaned them to us so we could give them a go with her, after me complaining about struggling to get little man to sleep during the day.
The hope was that they would keep her quiet during the crucial ‘baby about to fall asleep and needs just a ten minute period of relative quiet, uninterrupted by sudden sleep-busting squeals from a toddler’ window! I try to limit screen time, but sometimes – when there is a baby in the house especially – it is a very valuable tool in a mother’s arsenal. I’m pragmatic about it most of the time.
The headphones did help to an extent, in that she absolutely loved them and was totally entranced whilst she had them on. However, the reduced squealing rate was counteracted somewhat by her increased volume as she shouted to hear herself over the muffling effect of the headphones. Funny, but not quite as intended! Still, I think it might be worth investing in a pair. Not least because I’m sure they’ll come in handy for the long flight back to the UK in a couple of months time.
Pause for thought.
I try to listen to TED talks when I can. Sometimes something particular grabs my fancy, sometimes I just choose something at random. It’s always thought-provoking, whichever approach I take. You can pick by length, so most of the time I end up selecting talks from the shorter end of the scale – if I’m really lucky I manage to listen to two before one or other child needs me!
The one I listened to this week comes from marine biologist Asha de Vos and is entitled ‘Why you should care about whale poo‘. And boy, you really should. I won’t spoil for you – go listen to it for yourself. If you can’t spare the six minutes to listen and would prefer to speed read it, there’s also a transcript available.
It’s a fascinating listen and really makes you think about the complicated chain of events and consequences that we set in motion with even our smallest actions. Our natural world is so complex and interconnected. Every little thing has it’s role and purpose in those incredible ecosystems that we take for granted as we impose our human needs and demands upon them.
As with much of our action on this planet, it makes you wonder about the domino effect we have created. Some of it we are now sadly too late to step back from. The damage is done, we can only try to live the best we can with the consequences. But let’s hope that we wake up to the consequences of our actions before it is too late to save our marine creatures and their ecosystems. It’s not like we haven’t been warned. And ultimately they hold our lives in our hands too.
Memories are made of this.
Playing snap with our girly. Well, actually it was more like looking at all the animal pictures on the snap cards and getting very excited at seeing her favourites (the cat, the chimpanzee and the ‘ephalent’). Accompanied by her intermittently and at completely irrelevant moments piping up with, ‘snap…job’s a game!’ – a line from her favourite Mary Poppins song.
We were making the most of some quality mummy-daughter time while the little man slept and blessed us with his first proper big nighttime sleep. He slept from 5pm until 2am. Okay, so the hours were a bit off. But if we can shift them up a bit, his ability to sleep that long gives me vague hope for my own beauty sleep making a return to normality sometime soon. Of course, I’m not pinning any real hopes on it – that is a rookie mistake, as any mother knows!
Laugh out loud.
Driving past a hole in the middle of the road, with a ladder sticking out of it, clearing the ground by a good metre. There was a guy down there, doing something. Occasionally he’d pop his head up out of the ground, grab a tool, then disappear back down the hole. No hard hat, of course. No safety gear. Just a guy, down a hole, on a ladder. But it’s okay because there were two cones (literally right next to said gaping hole in the ground) marking the area! Plenty of warning for drivers to see the hazard and negotiate it then, without either risk to themselves, their vehicle, or the guy down the hole. Suffice to say, the concept of health and safety is a bit different here.
Michael Jordan: does this man just speak quote all the time? Is it innate or is that just what happens when you’ve spent your life as a living basketball legend and been a marketing and merchandising dream machine for most of that?
There are two quotes from him that I really, really like. This week both quotes have seemed quite pertinent at different points so, as they’re both short and sweet I’ve gone for the double:
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.
Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.(Michael Jordan)
Music makes me happy.
Tom Odell – Real Love. On a ‘mellow mornings’ Spotify playlist.
This week for the first time since our son was born eight weeks ago, my husband and I actually managed an evening together. We ate a meal (that was still hot!) at the same time, talked, and spent a couple of hours in each others’ company. Eight weeks isn’t a long time in the scheme of things. But it feels like a really long time when you’ve not really had any chance during that period to spend any quality time together with your favourite team-mate, best friend and confidante. It feels good to have had the chance to be more than just battle-weary parents together, even if just for a few hours!