My oldest daughter is loud.
She’s loud like a 4 year old is loud. She talks incessantly, about nothing, and it takes 10 minutes for her to say nothing. When she doesn’t have anything to actually say she makes up words, jebooalop, shmoocaruck, flimdun, and tells me what they mean in Chinese (note to self, too much Ni Hao, Kailan) When she’s not becoming fluent in Chinese, she hums. Hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm. She particularly likes to hum while using the potty. I consider all of that normal 4 year old loudness. (Well, maybe not making up Chinese words, but in general.)
Sammy is loud in another way. Her voice carries. It’s just loud and she is unable to keep it at a manageable level. It pierces through the air in our little house. She wakes the baby regularly. I can hear what she’s saying when I’m in the kitchen and she’s in her room on the other side of the house with the door closed trying to play privately. She’s one of those people who could be in a busy restaurant and you would be able to hear their voice more clearly than the person sitting directly across from her.
I don’t know where she gets it from. Sean and I are both quiet people. We’re both asked to repeat ourselves frequently. People just can’t hear us. As someone who enjoys quiet, a lot, it’s like nails on a chalk board. I cringe and subconsciously raise my shoulders to my ears when she starts talking. I’m constantly shushing her and telling her to keep her voice down.
I’m hoping she outgrows it and learns to modulate her voice a little. Otherwise, she’ll have to be a stage actress. She can project.
In other news, Mama Hen over at Mama’s Little Chick has awarded my this lovely Blogger Buddy Award. Isn’t it nice? If you haven’t visited Mama Hen, you really should. She is about the sweetest person ever! And her daughter (who is just about to turn 4) is so cute!
I’m not sure the exact rules of this award, so I’m just going to pass it on to a few people I haven’t awarded before. I’m a little sleepy, so I’m just going to do a few: Crunchy Betty, The Adventures of LoveBugs, and The Momma Nerd.