Most of you know we live in a condominium. Before we purchased our condo, we made a point of asking the realtor (who happens to live in the complex as well as work here daily) if there were issues with noise in the homes...meaning, can you hear your neighbors?! She quickly assured us that the insulation was excellent and that there were NEVER any complaints from the home owners. SO....we proceeded with our purchase of an upstairs home.
Shortly after we moved in, we received a complaint from the family who lives downstairs that the noise was bothering them. Shep and Rauly had been running around like crazy that day and I agreed that the noise was unreasonable so I quickly apologized and told the kids to calm down. Ever since that complaint, I have been hyper-sensitive to ANY noise the kids make...anytime they hop, skip or jump - I tell them to stop. Anytime they run - they are reprimanded. Since they are 3 and 2 years old...as you can imagine...I'm on them ALL DAY LONG! It is exhausting to say the least. They (the people under us) have banged on their ceiling (our floor) twice due to the noise which is SOOOOOO irritating to me! Well, today - I spent all morning at the park with them. We came home and I fed them lunch (they were seated the entire time). I immediately put them down for a 2.5 hour nap. After waking, we cuddled on the couch and watched cartoons for another hour. After I turned the t.v. off - I told them they could play in the playroom. After a few minutes of playing, Rauly and Shep started running around a little. I IMMEDIATELY told them to stop, which they did. Rauly however ran again and to discipline her, I sent her to her room. No sooner had she gotten in bed, I heard a knock on my door. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRrr....... At this point I was royally peeved! I feel SO guilty telling my kids to behave like grown-ups in their own home all the friggin' time! We paid good money for this condo and gosh-darn't - I want us to feel comfortable in our own home! Whelp, the man downstairs politely asked if we could keep it down to which I responded "Sir...you do realize that they are 3 and 2 years old, right?". He just looked at me. I then explained that I was getting on to my children all day long....literally and that I didn't know what else I could do. I mean....there is "unreasonable noise" and there is "reasonable noise"....my kids are making "reasonable noises". That's pretty much how we left it. Later on this evening, they proceeded to bang on their ceiling again and Chad got really aggravated...but what can you do? We're trying to be examples of Christ so we don't want to respond in anger, but we also feel like they're being TOTALLY irrational! I honestly don't know what to do! I feel as if it's a lose-lose situation right now. If we allow our kids to behave like normal children in their own home, we will drive the people under us crazy which makes me feel horrible. BUT, if we appease the people who live under us and force our kids to sit still when they're at home - I'll feel like the world's worst mom (and btw: I feel like that is just totally unacceptable to expect two little toddlers to not make any noise at all)! WHAT SHOULD WE DO?!
We are actually considering at this point renting our condo out (in order to keep our investment) and renting another home in this area for us to live in...I realize that might sound outrageous but that is how badly it's bothering us. It's 1am and I'm up thinking about this!!!! Our origonal goal was to live here for 5 years (it's been 1 year since we moved in!)...my nerves are not going to be able to handle 4 more years of "shushing" the kids! Any advice at this point would be appreciated... Both my parents suggested we go to the Condominium Manager and ask her to intervene,...however, Chad doesn't think that will do any good. At this point, I'm thinking that might be better then doing nothing though.
And yes....I opened our blog back up to the world. I have been discovering so many old friends and acquantainces over the past few days only because their blog wasn't private, so I decided it might be better to keep our's open unless we have any problems.