So we've contemplated one of those shock collars, you know the ones where if they bark they get a zap. Or even vocal chord snipping.
We joke about biting him every time he gets loud.
But we figure child welfare would frown on conditioning Wil like that.
We've been waiting for this period to pass but it isn't.
We make jokes because we are helpless to deal with what is actually becoming a major problem. Wil has discovered he really really really likes to shriek. He shrieks when he is happy, when he is excited, when he is cross, when he is tired, when he is hungry or just when he feels like it.
Shriek sounds like it might be a little bit funny, kind of almost cute. What Wil does is not at all cute.
Wil makes the sound that gave birth to that term, you could shatter glass with a noise like that.
It is high pitched, it is loud (oh so loud), it is sustained, it is frequent. From across the room it is disturbing, up close it produces temporary deafness.
Since I carry Wil on my hip quite a lot, I wake each morning with the kind of funny head I used to get after seeing a really loud rock band. My head aches and my ears actually hurt. I have no doubt, none at all, that I am sustaining permanent damage to my hearing and D already complains I've got crappy hearing.
I've tried making it clear to him that it is not OK. Both gently and forcefully I say no. I've even resorted to putting my hand over his mouth a few times (like yesterday when we were at a very QUIET wedding) but to no avail.
I'm sure he'll grow out of it. I'm sure. I'm just hoping it happens before I entirely lose my hearing and shortly after, my mind.