After waking up a ridiculous number of times last night, I’ve concluded that the worst night-time noise ever (aside from earth shattering screams) is a child’s coughing fit.
Once upon a time, before having children, I was a heavy sleeper. The house could have fallen down around me and as long as nothing landed on my head, I’d wake up in the morning wondering what the hell happened to the roof.
Later, during the infant years, I could hear a neighbour’s child cry in the night and would be up in a flash. (FYI: Cats in heat also sound a bit like crying babies). I couldn’t have either baby sleep in the room with me because I’d wake for every grunt and sigh.
Now, my kids don’t usually wake up in the night unless they’re sick. Now, I wake up for every damn coughing fit. I hear the coughs, wake instantly, and lie there in bed waiting. Waiting to see if the coughing woke them up and if they’ll call for mommy. Wondering if that last coughing fit sounded a bit like they were puking on their pillow. Wondering if I should go in a check on them to make sure they’re not sleeping in their own vomit. Deciding it’s unlikely and not worth the risk of waking them up if they aren’t already awake.
Then I roll over and fall asleep until the next coughing fit.
I’m pretty tired this morning.