Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sounds of Brooklyn: No Problem for Edith

One of the things Paul and I were most worried about before Edith was born was how she would react to the many sounds that come with living on a busy Brooklyn street.

After all, I had trouble sleeping for many days after moving here, kept awake by the midnight traffic and late-night conversations that took place on the sidewalk underneath our bedroom window. How would a newborn react?

Turns out, splendidly. Garbage trucks, buses, music from nearby bars, sirens, car alarms: none of them faze her. During one middle-of-the-night feeding, our hallway fire alarm gave a shrill "low battery" chirp. I jumped. She didn't even flinch.

That's why it's funny to learn what sounds actually do startle her. Specifically, I've noticed that clicking a pen can take her aback. At least we know there's nothing wrong with her hearing.

Tummy time and story time with Grandma Erwin.


  1. She's probably used to all those big-city sounds from the previous months :) What if she thinks it's "too quiet" outside the city??

  2. I've wondered myself if she got used to the noise during her *first* nine months! I hope she doesn't think it's ever too quiet to sleep ... otherwise she's definitely going to have a problem when we visit our families in Ohio!



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