Word of the Week – 4/7/14

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My word of the week this week is:


This week has been a week of being outdoors. My word could easily have been ‘outdoors’, or ‘garden’, as I’ve spent lots of my time working out there, while the kids have been having fun playing (creating chaos!) around me. But I’ve gone for ‘noise’ as being outside, and other people being outside, has kicked this one into overdrive. You see, Little Man is somewhat obsessed with noise, or ‘noi’ as he says. Every little soundย will have him shaking his head and saying ‘noi’, often followed by ‘away’. He prefers the quiet life it seems. We’ve been outside, so there’s traffic noise – motorbikes and bin men are particularly unpopular with him – and then other people have been taking advantage of the dry days and mowing and strimming which hasย not gone down well! So I’d guess I hear the shout of ‘noi’ around 50 times a day, it disturbs his naps as he worries about what noise could be happening out there and his beautiful face creases in consternation when his ears cannot correctly identify a sound, so that he can be confident it poses no risk. The phrase ‘noise can’t hurt you’ is starting to feel a tad over-used! I’m hoping that this is a phase that will soon pass….

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52 thoughts on “Word of the Week – 4/7/14”

  1. Poor little man, it must be confusing and frustrating for you if it’s interfering with nap time! Interestingly my baby doesn’t cope well with noise, perhaps it’s a boy thing? Hope next week is better x

  2. Oh bless him, makes you realise that there is so much noise around us and so much going on. Jessica will often stop when we’re out to ask ‘what’s that noise?’ too. I think we tune out quite a lot as grown ups but to little ones some of the noises can be scary. Hope this phase soon starts to ease a little.

    1. Jocelyn Reading

      Possibly. I suspect it’s a phase and different stage of understanding. They don’t always scare him, just disturb him.

  3. Aww bless your little man, so cute, but also so frustrating! Monkey went through a similar phase earlier in the year where certain noises terrified him, though for Monkey it was planes! We live near a few military airfields and have flyovers from harriers and typhoons, which are seriously noisy, and they used to scare the life out of him! Even small planes did too and we see a lot of them overhead. He still holds his hand over his ear when he hears something he cant identify, and will say ‘oh’ until i explain what the noise is “its ok, its just the people next door ” “its ok, its just the binmen, aren’t they noisy” but he doesn’t get scared anymore and he now loves spotting the planes in the sky and then we do aeroplane arms! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope he grows out of it soon, I know how frustrating it is when you want to enjoy being outdoors and something like that scares them! ๐Ÿ™‚ Xx

    1. Jocelyn Reading

      Oh no, not in an ideal place for that fear then! I recall Boo wanting to know what every single sound was at some stage, so I’m guessing most go through it, he just seems more obsessed than she was! x

  4. Poor little man, it cannot be easy for him being surrounded by noise when all he wants is calm and quiet. My little ones are the opposite. Noise is their element… Mel

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  6. This was nearly my word for this week too only for totally different reasons. I have to agree with your little man though sometimes there is too much noise around. I hope he gets some peace and quiet soon xx

  7. I’m not keen on noise either so I sympathise with him. Getting peace and quiet with my kids is not an easy task, they even talk in their sleep. x

  8. Oh poor little man, hopefully it is just him becoming more aware of his surroundings. Cheese, our 3 year old, absolutely hates the noise a hoover makes and bolts if he sees one coming into the same room as him. x

    1. Jocelyn Reading

      I think it is just that, and he’s very aware! The hoover doesn’t bother him in the least, though – he laughs at it!

  9. Aww! Bless him!! It must be so confusing! My youngest went through a phase of saying ‘what’s that noise’ to everything and wouldn’t take ‘I don’t know’ as an answer….I used to make things up just to satisfy the need to know…lol

  10. My son is very aware of sounds and noises. Whenever sI cut the grass he very determinedly slams the back door shut so ha can’t hear it! And he is also forever asking, ‘whats that noise?’ He is a little better now, but it’s still a feature ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Jocelyn Reading

      I’m sure he will. He now says ‘Bikes’ ‘trucks’ & ‘lawn mower’ frequently, so his vocabulary is expanding!

  11. Awwww! It must be so difficult to cope with such an influx of noise, we have just come to accept.
    I laugh at ours, who put their hands over their ears if the singing is too loud, or the talking is too much… but between them, the noise they will happily make!! (And usually at 7am!).

    1. Jocelyn Reading

      He’s so alert to every single sound – must be tiring for him, too. It’s raining so there’ll at least be no mowers today!

  12. Ah bless him for wanting peace and quiet. It’s amazing when little ones begin to identify the different types of noises. I remember my son was petrified of the hoover – which of course is super loud. Hope you have a quieter weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I have a little man who doesn’t like noise too. It started very young and he would come in from the garden crying if there was a helicopter or aeroplane overhead. He hasn’t changed much, as well as the air transport, he is bothered by dogs barking, lawn mowers and motorbikes. Sometimes though, he puts his hands over his ears and screams really loud. I have no idea what that is all about.
    I think summer is really noisy though, apart from the increase in all the things above you also have the birds waking you up at the crack of dawn, and people with music blaring in gardens while they have a BBQ. I’m a winter person myself, give me the quietness that comes with a big snowfall anyday ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Jocelyn Reading

      It must be so hard for them to understand, I think. Lots of noise in the world, and often unexpected to them and very loud. You’re right, summer is loud, as people are all outside, rather than snuggled in their houses.

  14. That’s very cute, but I can imagine it must get a bit wearing! We’re very noise obsessed here but it’s more making as much noise as early as possible!

  15. Poor little thing. It must be so frustrating for you watching his feelings pique in this way and having no way of controlling what’s upsetting him. I hope you’re right and this passes soon, for him as much as you. x

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