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“The baby monitor remained silent, but I had to go upstairs”

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I’m sure it would be fine, leaving the baby alone for a few minutes to have dinner with the baby monitor on. Only that maternal intuition of Shanti did not let go.

Shanti (32) lives with Remmert (37) and is the mother of Damian (3). She is pregnant with the second.

“The return journey from our holiday in Italy was too far to drive with a baby in one go. So we took a hotel in Germany, put Damian – then 11 months old – in the travel cot in our room and with our cameraless baby monitor joined the dinner one floor below.

The baby monitor remained silent, but I couldn’t relax. ‘Let it go,’ said Remmert, ‘at home Damian also sleeps one floor higher without ever making a sound?’

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This thing stinks

Yet halfway through the main course I couldn’t hold it anymore, I had to go upstairs. As quiet as a mouse I found Damian upright in his bed, in supreme concentration. His fists kneaded a substance with which he had clearly already been meticulously tinkering. The poop was on all sides of his bed and in his hair. He looked proudly at his open diaper.

“The poop was on all sides of his bed and in his hair”

“Come upstairs for a minute,” I burst out laughing through the baby monitor. “I could use some help here.” The crib was ready for the dump and that night Damian slept between us. Remmert has since thought twice before stopping me when I want to listen to my gut feeling again.”

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