Monday, 28 January 2008

decibel

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.

12 comments:

SadieandLance said...

Oh no I feel your pain. My nephew's a shrieker. I couldn't even pick him up out of his cot when he woke up cause the shrieking was so loud my ears were hurting too much to get close enough to pick him up. Maybe ear plugs would help?

Jodie said...

oh, I remember that sound - it cuts right through you.

Ingrid said...

I too had a shreiker, and now she talks very loudly. I didn't want to be the stifling mother, but now I'm virtually always saying"inside voice, inside voice". I don't think that it works either...

kirsten said...

oh my. that would make me truly insane. truly.

Alisha said...

My friend's second baby was like that for about a year...and then she just stopped. Now she's a pretty quiet two-year-old. So, take comfort--there's a chance he'll stop eventually!

Andrea said...

This too shall pass....

From the mother of a 2 1/2 year old.

kate said...

Why do you still have your mind? No Fair!

And he will stop. Dan has mostly stopped the screeching. Now he very quietly tries to climb up the bookshelves and I'm permanently stressed about the prospect of him pulling the shelves and all the books down on top of himself.

Why didn't I get one of those quiet kids who just plays with their toys and never touches the stereo?

Suzy said...

Ouch! I'm sure he will grow out of it, but your poor ears in the meantime.
Ali has discovered he really, really likes to make loud farty raspberry sounds, but at least they aren't so loud...

suzy

Katy said...

my neice is a shrieker...but she's getting better (at just over 2)

Ear plugs, for now they may be the best thing!

Deana said...

Right there with you! But it does pass, and if you would like to be a little proactive about the shrieking - I have heard a little vinegar water sprayed in their mouth works wonders.....

Kate said...

Ingrid - I still have to remind my best friend to use her inside voice. She's almost 30. some people are just loud.

Of course, it doesn't help that she grew up in the country...

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