… And now I can’t relax!
Our baby monitor has served us well for three years… until today when it developed a syndome akin to the ‘red ring of death’, started beeping incessantly and the light flashing red.
We only live in a small 2 bed house, and, in truth, we can hear when either of the girls cry. But I’m dependent on the monitor for reassurance, that all really is quiet, and nobody is choking, or coughing, or on the verge of waking.
When I have the monitor, and the girls have gone to bed, I can go in the kitchen and cook dinner quite happily, listening to Radio 5 Live and knowing that I’ll still hear the slightest snuffle.
And ironically, when the baby monitor is not working, all I can hear is babies crying and toddlers shouting in the back of my head all the time.
I know some of my friends with babies say they stopped using their monitors after a few months. But we slept with the monitor on Lilly right up until Isla was born, when Lilly was two and a half.
So, I am not ready to give up the habit yet. And tomorrow, we will be rushing off to purchase another monitor… and evening relaxation (or not!) will be restored.