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Why I Ditched The Doorbell And Never Looked Back

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Every parent in the world knows the importance of getting their babies and toddlers down for that famed afternoon nap. It’s a routine that can make or break your day and your heart!

Go up too early and the child might take an age to settle down or indeed not at all… wait too long and you’ve got an overtired kid on your hands which is akin to being that priest in The Exorcist…

The power of Christ compels you, the power of Christ compels you!

Eventually though, most of us find some kind of routine that works for us and our kid. Be it several naps a day, or the final precious one, they are nothing short of sacrosanct. And once you get into that hallowed routine, you would will literally rather rip your own eyelids off then break it, because it’s precious time you can spend doing ‘me-time’ things like laundry, cleaning, cooking or just getting to drink that stone cold cup of coffee you made three hours ago.

So when something comes along to derail nap time… well let’s just say many a parent has been known to morph into Incredible Hulk… you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry, right?

Anything from teeth, sickness, leaps and just weird baby phases can upset the nap routine, but often it can be unwanted noise that does the damage, especially when your kids get out of that newborn would-sleep-through-an-atomic-bomb phase of naps. Whether it’s that annoying neighbour who likes to slam the living shit out of the door all afternoon, to cars on the road, or the bloody ice cream man, I’m always on high alert for noise.

But the absolute worst is when someone rings the doorbell, right during nap time. My old doorbell was possible the world’s shrillest sounding noise known to man or beast.  When we move in two years ago, I remember thinking oh yes I must change that, at some point. But it went way down the snag list, because let’s face it, until you have kids, you do not truly know the tyranny of a noisy doorbell.

So when I did give birth to my baby boy, one of the first things I did was to disconnect the doorbell. Much to the surprise and irritation of many of my family and friends, because I didn’t want to have some cold caller ringing the bell just as I was on the cusp of getting himself off to sleep.

Them – How will you hear the door?

Me- I’ll get a knocker.

Them – But sure you won’t hear that!

Me – That’s sort of the point!

And you know what, these days anyone who calls over is generally going to be someone who’s already texted you first to make plans and if not, they’ve got your number and if you don’t hear the door they won’t be long phoning or messaging you to see where you are. The truth is, anyone else is normally selling something, trying to convert you to the Mormons or a courier with your order from ASOS.

To be honest, I’ve never looked back after removing my doorbell.

Niamh O'Reilly
Niamh O'Reilly
A full time feature and copy writer, Niamh is a dog-mad, shoe-obsessed, movie-buff, with a curious penchant for politics. Up until her son arrived in December 2016, she’d never changed a nappy, made a bottle or even held a baby for more than 5 minutes without it unleashing what she refers to as ‘the death roar’. Completely unprepared for this momentous change in her life, she’s now trying to navigate the brand new world of motherhood with honesty, grace, love and humour. You can also catch her writing about her journey over at www.themammyblog.ie