A week or so ago, we finally had someone move into the apartment above us. We’d been neighbor-free for a few months, since the last bunch of kid-hating trolls moved out (they objected to not being able to blast their massively huge speaker – set on bare floor above us – to decibels high enough to register on the Richter Scale)
And now we’ve gotten a very nice family – a mom, a dad, and a 2.5 yr old boy! The girls really like playing with their new young neighbor, and it seems to be a relief for both families to have a neighbor who totally ‘gets it’ when you just can’t put a young child on a rigid schedule or have them tiptoe considerately around during playtime 🙂
I’m pretty sure they’ve heard our noise, and we’ve heard theirs – but so far everyone seems to be pretty tolerant – what else can you do, while waiting for your kids to grow up?
And now that our girls are almost 4 yrs old, and sleeping on what could roughly be called a stable schedule, we have the utmost sympathy when we hear the exhausted parents upstairs trying to get their boy down for the night.
At that age, the nap schedule gets a bit wonky – heck, even sometimes Halle will drop off suddenly around 4pm and we can’t rouse her for anything – and can’t get her to bed on time, either! And she’s pretty loud about not wanting to sleep on time, too.
I wish there was something I could do or say to help the people upstairs, but it all boils down to – “Endure, survive, and someday this will be an amusing anecdote with which to embarrass your child in front of their fiancee.”
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