Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Baby monitors - A parent's ability to be creepy

OOH....OOH....I think I might have seen a finger move!
"We see you when you're sleeping,
We know when you're awake...."

It's not Santa and Mrs. Claus singing the song, it is my wife and I.  Why?  Because baby monitor.

Now I realize most parents get it so they can see their kid and make sure there is nothing wrong, or see when the child wakes up, or see if the children are NOT sleeping and goofing around.  And while my wife and I had good intentions at first similar to those above, we ended up being creepy and just watch the monitor.

By watching the monitor I don't mean mindlessly like you would during a movie.  I mean WATCHING the monitor like that creepy guy that hangs out at the bus terminal in the summer months when the high school girls transfer buses.  That kind of creepy.

My wife and I would lay in bed for a while and watch our son toss and turn in his sleep.  Or not do anything and we would sit there and watch to see if he might do something.  Which he usually didn't.  But we still watched intently; much like any male would do during the scene in Act of Valor where the SOC-R boats turn the corner and lit up the cartel members.  Both of these intense movies require supreme concentration.  And mini-guns, lots of bullets, oh and wipes.  So many wipes.

No bunny!  It doesn't have to end this way!!
Now don't get me wrong, the monitor has been great.  Especially when our son would start crying and we could see what the matter was without enter the room.  Because we all know as parents when you enter the room, it is a security breach and EVERYONE needs to get out because no man gets left behind.  Perhaps my wife and I are an anomaly with our weirdness, but I would hesitate to think that....fully.

However the fun part began when my son got older and we would catch him purposely hurling his lovie (a stuffed Ikea bunny) out of the crib and then stand there and call to it.

I realize in many places this would be a felony offense of trespassing or privacy invasion of some sorts, but not as a parent.  It is considered essential that we see everything that is going on, because you know, parents and all that jazz.  

Don't judge me.

Its for the kids!  For our future!

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