Friday, November 09, 2012

Like a Bat

Recently, I have realized something interesting about myself.  It's a somewhat new development in the past three years or of those "mama" types of changes you undergo when you have your first baby.  What is it, you ask?  Well, I'll tell you.

I have ears like a bat.

Now, don't get me wrong...I'm also pretty hard of hearing.  I've been somewhat deaf all my life, although most people who know me pretty well don't know it.  I lip-read a lot when people mumble (I married a mumbler), and I'm pretty good at filling in the blanks of other people's sentences when I can't hear every word they say to me.  James has finally been convinced of this fact, because I am constantly asking him to repeat things that he says because I couldn't hear him. 

So how can I have ears like a bat?  Aren't bats supposed to have incredible hearing?  Well, here's what I mean.  I can stand in the same room as my husband, listening to him tell me something, and he'll turn his head away mid-sentence....which causes me to completely miss everything he says when I can't see his mouth, thus forcing him to repeat himself.  BUT, if one of my babies cries upstairs in the middle of the night with their door shut and their noisemaker on while I'm fast asleep, it wakes me up.  I will sit up in bed, trying to figure out what woke me up.  Then I will walk upstairs, following the tiny little sounds right to the source.

How can I hear them, when I'm so hard of hearing?  I don't know.  I guess that's just part of being a mama!


meghanp said...

I have to have the baby monitor on, or I am likely to sleep through it from down the hall with the doors closed and her noise machine on. BUT I am always amazed at how every distressed sound she makes wakes me immediately, and Tom can sleep through it. When I wake up, I know what to do for her. When he wakes up, it's hilarious. It's like he has forgotten everything to do with babies, where anything in her room is, or how to take care of her. If I wake him to help, he gets up, stands there dazedly, and says, "What do I do? ...ok. ...where is that?...ok..." Then he goes to her room and fumbles around until he finds his way. He's willing but almost unable to help me with her at night sometimes. (Usually, I don't bother him unless it's my 3rd time getting up, and I can't do it again.) It's kind of funny, but crazy how different mamas and daddys are built!

Kristen said...

Yeah, Ella has never once woken James up from sleep in her life. He just sleeps through anything from her. But when Charlotte lets lose with her high pitched, middle of the night shriek, he jumps up to attention immediately!

Vicky said...

I used to sleep through everything--even your dad's beeper and his coming and going to the hospital in the middle of the night but if one of my children stirred, I was immediately aware of it. It must be a sixth sense that mother's have.