Things That Gabble In The Night

Late, late in the night, in the dark...... Yikes the baby's mobile is rocking violently, what is going on in there? I move to peer in: Ms Rockstar has yanked the little hanging soft toy lion out of the mobile and is waving the darn thing about, gabbling at full volume. Couldn't sleep, Mummee? Neither could I! What a coincidence! Uh, yeah ok keep it down, Mummy would like to try to get some sleep. <pause> <stirring> Aiya Wawawawawawa. Aiya Wawawawawawa. Oh nooooo. No. Oh wait - it's stopped, it's - AIYA WAWAWAWAWAWA. AIYA WAWAWAWAWAWA. AIYA WAWAWAWA- Oh hello Mummee, s'up?" What's up is "Mummee" is right here. She is trying to sleep right. Here. Right next to your crib. Here. Not in Kowloon. You may gabble softer. <pause> Sigh. Oh ok, now she's stopped the gabbling. Wait. What is that sound?? That sound is Ms Late Night Monster's new skill: Scratching the nylon sides of her crib with her fingernails. SSSSSSSCRITCH.... SSSSSSSSSCRITCCCHHHHH........ SCRITCH, SCRITCH..... SSSUH-CRITCH! Oh, hello again, Mummee. There you are. You really can't sleep either, can you? Have you noticed when I'm awake you are too?! How about that, isn't that swell? Do you think it's hereditary? Speaking of which, I hope I don't look as grouchy as you do, in the middle of the night when I'm that old... This parenting thing just keeps getting better and better.

It really does.

LOVE her to bits.

Ps: Now Rockstar also complains about being woken occasionally in the night. And usually he doesn't wake unless a bomb goes off...

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About Aileen

I blog about living and raising my son in Hong Kong - where toddlers have entrance interviews, parents keep test score spreadsheets, private school debentures can trade for more than half a million USD. Raising Rockstar's the most important thing I'll ever do. We show our true colors by the choices we make in bringing up our children. My blog is a message to my toddler son, about what the world and his parents are like today - for when he becomes a teenager and knows everything.
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  • mun

    I second that. Ms Rockstar is just so adorable.

    What a good girl she is, talking to herself when she wakes up instead of fussing and crying to be carried by mommy. So cute!

    • Aileen

      Thanks, and I’m very anal about her not “learning” to demand to be carried in the night… she is more perceptive than her brother was, at one point with a new nanny (during Rockstar’s one week school break) due to a miscommunication the nanny thought i really didn’t want her to cry in her crib and so took her out for the first day the mom she cried – and what followed was her going on for 90mins the next day and we couldn’t figure out WHY she suddenly got so determined to not go back to sleep… thank goodness that was in the afternoon, not late at night.. after that i’m very very strict about “managing her expectations” that she should never decide to try that…

      That said, her default at night is to stay in crib in room – i fairly often put her down for her night sleep awake because she doesn’t like the position of her feet in sling/ harness to sleep for long periods.

      There are times she’s clingy, but we are very very fortunate it’s generally not at night yes

  • yy

    your daughter is so pretty and adorable 🙂

    • Aileen

      Thanks vm… of course I am incapable of an unbiased opinion 🙂