Have you ever stopped to listen to the sounds around you, and heard absolutely nothing? I haven’t, at least, not for the last five years. Which is why it seems so weird to be sitting here, the only sound coming from my fingers tip tapping on the keyboard, and as I pause to think, I hear nothing.


I don’t like it.

The funny thing is, this time last week I’m sure I was hiding in the kitchen trying to drink a cup of coffee, yelling at the kids to give me peace. I’ve spent the whole summer telling the kids to use their inside voice, to be quite, to turn the telly down, to stop bickering.

And it’s not just the summer. I’ve spent the last five years wishing someone would shove a sock in Peppa Pigs mouth, because if I had to listen to her annoying voice one more time I’d be sticking my foot through the TV.

But today, as I sit here in silence, I’d be happy to hear some Peppa Pig. Or the sound of Caitlin laughing, or Neil shouting “Muuuuum” at increasing volumes until I replied. I’d be happy to hear the sound of them fighting over whose turn it was to pick a movie, or their feet stomping up the stairs like little elephants.

I’ve tidied up this morning, and a few hours later it is still tidy. I’ve made myself a cup of coffee and actually drunk it while it is hot. I’ve gone to the toilet without someone following me. This might sound like bliss, but trust me, it doesn’t feel right.

My house is empty, for the first time in five years…

The silence has made me realise, that my family home is not the same without the kids and all of their noises.

So while I sit here and try to accustom myself to this new quiet, I urge you to take in all of the sounds of your house and enjoy it while you can, because belive me, you will miss it when it’s gone.

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  • Reply mel cowlishaw September 3, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I know exactly what you mean. On the rare occassions i getting the house to tasks I am totally lost! I think I could get used to it though! #sharewithme

    • Reply Lauren September 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      I certainly hope I get used to it! Definitely feeling a bit lost.

  • Reply LittleOandme September 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I am glad I have read this, I am having a tough day with my toddler generally causing havoc! I shall try and remember that I will definitely miss him when he starts school! #sharewithme

    • Reply Lauren September 4, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      It's hard to think that far in to future when your children are pushing you to the edge of sanity but do try… haha

  • Reply Kim Carberry September 3, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    My girls have been at school for many years now and you do get used to the silence! It is horrible at first though…..Just remember they will be home and you'll have so many new things to talk about each day 🙂 x

    • Reply Lauren September 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      I'm hoping I get used to it! Luckily I am back to work next week, I only took this week off to ease in to the school transition and be there for them when they came home, so next week I will only have a few days to put up with the silence, thank goodness!

  • Reply Katie-Annie Haydock September 3, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Sometimes during the day when little miss has all the energy of the sesame street cast I just want her to have a nap. Then when she goes to bed at night I miss her and want to get her out of her cot for sneaky sleepy cuddles…
    We mums, so we are clearly bonkers!

    • Reply Lauren September 4, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Haha definitely bonkers! I can remember doing that when the kids were wee too. I would go and steal them out of school for a few cuddles if I could but I don't want the rest of the village knowing exactly how bonkers I am!

  • Reply Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) September 4, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Aww i can totally understand, Monkey drives me mad sometimes, but as soon as he is out with Daddy or grandparents I really do miss him! xx #brilliantblogposts

    • Reply Lauren September 4, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      It's funny isn't it, and its the little things that drive you mad that you end up missing!

  • Reply pixiedusk September 4, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    This is the same as my #brillblogposts entry. YOu dont know what you have till its gone and we should enjoy what we have now before its too late =)

  • Reply liquoriceuk September 5, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Must be so hard when they first start school – we're still a couple of years away from this as yet but thank you for the reminder to enjoy the noise and hecticness while I still have my babies home with me. Hope your little ones are enjoying being back at school/starting school x

  • Reply Honest Mum September 6, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Oh gosh this will be me next week as eldest starts school then little one starts nursery! Hugs! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

  • Reply Lucinda Turner September 7, 2014 at 11:20 am

    This has made me think about what it will be like in a few years when my lil man goes to school! X #SundayBest

  • Reply Amy Squires September 9, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Out of my four children, three are now at school and I'm completely lost without them. The house is so much quieter. Time flies by too quickly and we need to make the most of every second.

    Thanks for linking up to #sundaybest

  • Reply Jenny Ripatti-Taylor September 9, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Not sure my last message disappeared hunny… basically I was agreeing with you on the silence. I am always begging my two to use inside voices and today was MM first day with her brother at nursery as I work from home and the silence was awful. I had to turn the tv on to help. I couldn't stand it. We love their noises, we need their noises and it's only when the noises stop do we realize all this. So funny and total catch 22! Thanks for linking up to Share With Me I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round! #sharewithme

  • Reply Le Coin de Mel September 10, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Oooops, my comment disappeared, too!
    With 4 little ones, my house is never empty, rarely quiet (newborn is snoring next to me) and seldom tidy. I have no idea what I would do with myself if I had a whole day at home on my own 🙂 I am with you on the Peppa Pig thing!

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