Is it wrong…

to really want to hurt someone so bad? Like, really, Ms. Landlady, PLEASE, oh do PLEASE come and mow our grass between 1 and 3 p.m. EVERY Saturday, so you have every single opportunity to wake our baby up from her nap.

Oh and don’t forget to stop by and ring the door bell to make some kind of smart remark, thus ensuring really, that the baby will wake up. I guess maybe due to her advanced age (or stupidity), she’s forgotten that babies sleep during the day. Or that door bells in teeny, tiny, apartments are REALLY FRIGGIN LOUD!

I’m sitting here holding my breath, hoping that everyone stays asleep, that is, but me. Me, that is, who woke up at 4 am and did NOT get back to sleep, whereas everyone who slept until 7 am is now asleep.

Oh and I suck at freezing peaches. I tried to do the whole scald/cold water thing. Nothing happened, so skin coming off, nothing. So I’m sitting here trying to figure out what to do next….


  1. Can you make a sign to put up when the baby is sleeping? It might not help w/ the mowing, but should help the doorbell problem!

  2. Stacy Wolfmeyer

    You need the sign mentioned by Kelsey. Tape it OVER the doorbell so she can’t miss it. Or ring your doorbell and hold it down and tape it, so it won’t pop back up and isn’t ring-able. Unless you have the kind that keeps making noise when held down.

    Have you mentioned the nap thing? They may or may not be able to accomodate you, but it’s worth asking. But be nice. That could be the only time. That’s when I mow every time, because that’s when Lauren is napping. NEver has bothered either of my kids. It’s white noise to them.

    Trying turning a fan on in her room when you put her down to create white noise that she goes to sleep with (I think the worst part of lawnmowing is the starting noise. The rest, I find soothing, like what summer sounds like), so that she can’t hear the mower. Or put on a CD. Quietly, of course. We used the soundtracks from Gettysburg and Robin Hood.

    One other thing that may be too late now – I kept the house SILENT when Jacob slept. Lauren was born and home for about 10 minutes before Jacob when flying across the floor right next to her with the ball popper that he had ignored for almost a year until that very moment. She opened her eyes, closed them, and moved on with her nap. He couldn’t sleep in noise, and she could sleep through anything. In fact, I had to leave her door open when she napped so he could go look at her, or else he’d bang on her door to get in. Point is, the environments that were created for my kids to sleep in is what they needed to sleep. They’re both pretty flexible now, but that’s not how it started. Just something to think about. Because when (and if, I know) #2 comes around, Keeley isn’t going to just sit quietly the whole time the other is sleeping.

    About the peaches. I didn’t make Mark’s pie for like 5 years because of the horrid experience I had peeling the peaches that weren’t ripe. And I don’t think ripe ones would have been better. Anyway, I did the scalding and cold water thing last week and it worked like a dream. So don’t give up on it.

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