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Mars and Venus

July 28, 2010

I’d heard that while the sound of a baby crying is meant to quickly wake a woman, it doesn’t even register as one of the top ten sounds likely to disturb a man’s sleep, but assumed it was a bit of an urban myth.

This morning Lady G was giving us our 7am wakeup call by rattling a toy across the bars of her cell…uh…I mean cot.  Suddenly there was an almighty crash, a pause, and then a gasping shriek that suggested she’d fallen over after trying to stand in her sleeping bag again.  The Baron is in charge of getting her up and changing her in the morning before I feed her, so I lay there drowsily waiting for him to go check on her…and I waited.

Finally he rose, but instead of heading to her room, he started to pull on track pants, and then a sweater, and then started to search for his slippers…At which point with the baby still howling I jumped out of bed and ran to her room to pick her up and calm her down.  I’m still amazed that her cry didn’t elicit the same panic stations reaction in him as it does me.  Is this common?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. michelehaytko permalink
    July 29, 2010 1:38 pm

    OH YES!!! We’ve had several fights (i mean discussions) about this in our house!

  2. July 29, 2010 7:10 pm

    Mind you, this is the same baron who decided to take a shower and make a coffee while you were in labour, standing in the hallway saying “we need to go NOW!”?
    Love him, but he has got his own happy wee world sometimes!

  3. Heather King permalink
    July 30, 2010 5:40 am

    Heh! Totally the same situation in our house, sad to say. 🙂

  4. katery permalink
    July 31, 2010 12:51 pm

    oh my! not for my husband but i think it is for most, i guess women are just wired differently, i know i can’t bear to hear louise cry for longer than a few minutes at a time. sometimes i will see someone strolling along with a pram carrying a screaming baby as though nothing is going on, it blows my mind.

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