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It is never truly quiet, is it?

Sounds I love

The 1 year old’s laugh

The 3 year old’s laugh

The 1 year old’s quiet snoring

The 3 year old saying “Thank you very, very much”

The 3 year old saying, “Please”

Running water in the shower, especially when I’m in it

The rain

The gentle whir of the KitchenAid

The coffee machine when it’s turned on

The intro song for Sex and The City

Popcorn popping

The sizzle of hot oil and whatever is being cooked

The doorbell when I’m expecting a delivery

The turn of a page in a book

My husband agreeing with me

Frank Sinatra’s voice

English accents

Irish accents

Cuckoo clocks

Norah Jones’ voice

The intro music for Downton Abbey

Sounds I don’t love

Nails scratching on a chalkboard

Someone else’s child wailing (okay, any child wailing, including mine)

Bells on bicycles, especially when it’s right outside my door during nap time

Squeaky door handles

Honking cars

Drilling in the middle of the afternoon

The music from the ball popper

The refrigerator door opening and closing, over and over (that would be the 3 year old)

The doorbell when I’m not expecting deliveries and it happens to be nap time


The horrific crash my phone makes when it gets slammed onto the floor by the 1 year old

Techno music

Plates shattering on the ground

Loud motorcycle engines

People talking loudly in restaurants

Every single sound made in public restrooms

Slurpy sounds when people eat

Elevator music

David Beckham’s voice

Elmo’s laugh

What sounds do you love/ hate?

I shared two of my favorite recipes for toddlers at Everyday Family today (pretty yummy for Mom and Dad too) – baked chicken nuggets and parmesan cheese muffins, anyone?

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • May 27, 2013 Shorty

    I love the sound of my son’s laughter. And his chatter. And his walking around. Even his little farts (he’s 20 months old). I have a love/dislike relationship with the sound of my husband’s snoring though.
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    • May 27, 2013 Alison

      My 1 year old thinks farts are funny, including his own πŸ™‚

  • May 27, 2013 Robin

    “Every single sound made in public restrooms” – ha!

    I’m with you on the sounds you hate. And I love reading about the sounds you love. Totally makes me feel like I’m in your environment.

    One of my favourite sounds is the sound of the fan by my bed at night. It means everything else is quiet and my mothering day is over (but not my mothering night, alas) and I get to sleep.
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    • May 27, 2013 Alison

      I quite like the sound of the fan too (we always have one on in the room we’re in) – like white noise. πŸ™‚

  • May 27, 2013 Maureen

    Oh Elmo’s laugh creeps me out! Another pet peeve of mine right next to the slurping sounds is the one where people chew with their mouth open. Gross.
    Love your list, Alison πŸ˜€

    PS: Sex & The City intro? Girl, I love you even more now!
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    • May 27, 2013 Alison

      Yes, the noisy eating, ugh. Even my kids eat quieter πŸ™‚
      (oh yes, I am a big SATC fan!)

  • May 27, 2013 Elaine A.

    Now you made me miss Downton Abbey!! I can hear the music now… πŸ˜‰

    I hate the sound of whining!!! But I love the sound of silence when I can get it.
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    • May 27, 2013 Alison

      I have been singing the DA song in my head all day!

      Whining does my head in too. I didn’t include it because, well, too obvious. Heh.

  • May 27, 2013 Kathy Radigan

    I love Frank Sinatra and Nora Jones too! And, of course the laughter of my kids. Got to agree with you on Elmo, though it’s been a while since I have heard him on a regular basis. Great list!
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    • May 27, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Kathy! Alas, the children in my house are still young enough for Elmo. πŸ™‚

  • May 27, 2013 Kim

    Why is it that everything is louder at naptime? Love your list of sounds you love – the rain, Sinatra and the mixer and the sizzle. Although, we have had so much rain lately that a little break would be nice. You know, just so I can appreciate the sound of it again. πŸ™‚
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    • May 27, 2013 Alison

      Hah! Yes, too much of something equals less love of it. Though I could listen to Frank all day, every day.

  • May 27, 2013 Christine

    David Beckham’s voice, really? Hmmm, now I have to go listen to him speak. For me, I cannot stand whining – mine, the kids, other kids, other people. Whining drives me batty. And the humming of fluorescent lights.

    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      Oh yes, that hum, I know it well! Not a fan.

  • May 27, 2013 Katie

    Wait. David Beckham talks? Who knew? I thought he was just for looking at πŸ™‚ Hmmmm….Becks.

    I love the sound of the 1 year old chattering to himself.

    I hate the sound of boys screaming at each other.

    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      The chattering is adorable! My 1 year old says ‘wash’ but without the ‘w, so it sounds like ‘osh’. Too cute.

  • May 28, 2013 My Inner Chick

    –Ahhh,i enjoyed this, Alison Lee.

    Sex and the City. LOVE that one!

    I love the sound of bells from a distance & poetry being read aloud
    I HAaaaaaaaaTE the sound of sirens & crying.

    Love U. Xx
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      I love and hate the same sounds you do. xoxo

  • May 28, 2013 keely

    I love the sounds of my daughters having “real” (and serious!) conversations. I hate the automatic music that comes with any plastic toy. (The ones whose songs I sing at 4am. Because FOR REAL.)
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      Aw, conversations! I cannot wait.
      I really, really dislike singing toys. Creepy.

  • May 28, 2013 Lady Jennie

    There are many sounds going on right now as my 4 yr old wails because he has a cramp.

    I liked the list of sounds you love – it was so musical, and I love a lot of those sounds too. (The one that made me laugh was “husband agreeing with me.” πŸ˜‰
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      Heh, I’m glad someone noticed I sneaked it in there!

  • May 28, 2013 Poppy

    David Beckham could probably rub his nails on a chalkboard and I’d be ok with it though I can’t say that I’ve heard him speak.
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      You guys have clearly not watched that episode of Elmo’s World where he tried to explain the word “persistent”. πŸ™‚

  • May 28, 2013 Tracie

    I’m so excited that Memories Captured is coming back! That is awesome.

    I don’t like the sound of Elmo’s voice, either. So annoying.

    The sound of pages turning is pure bliss.
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      I hope you join us!

  • May 28, 2013 Tamara

    I like the sound of British accent. And violin and piano in music. That actually might be my favorite. And my 11-month-old learning to talk. Least favorite sounds? Thuds on hardwood floors or carpet. That’s usually not good. A fingernail on hard canvas. (shudder) Screaming. Crying.
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      Oh yeah, those are not good sounds. Ack.

  • May 28, 2013 Susi

    For me it was someone knocking on the door and the dog going berserk during nap time – really hated that – because it ended with a wailing baby! Love, love, love British and Irish accents… πŸ™‚
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      Why do people always knock on doors and ring doorbells just as the children go to sleep? Grr.

  • May 28, 2013 Ilene

    I LOVE the sound of my son’s quiet snoring! I call them baby snores! And rain! Oh, how I love the sound of rain. Especially early in the morning, coffee in hand, while I’m blogging.
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      We call them baby bear snores πŸ™‚

  • May 28, 2013 Blond Duck

    I love my husband’s laugh.

    I hate the sound of children screaming in restaurants.
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      Oh dear, I’ve had my children scream in restaurants. Sorry!

  • May 28, 2013 kaen

    pretty accurate list of sounds to hate…I’m going to have to agree with you on that. I love my son’s laugh, his voice when he is NOT whining, soft snore from son’s bedroom to let me know he is asleep….
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      Whining voice really doesn’t win!

  • May 28, 2013 Tricia

    Yes, yes, yes to all of these πŸ™‚ such a great list. I, oddly, love the sound of our trash cans being dragged across our driveway in the evening because it means my husband just arrived home. I also love that rare sound of him agreeing with me too πŸ™‚
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      I love hearing about the uncommon sounds people love!

  • The sound of windscreen whipers… the drill at the dentist’s (actually any sound at the dentist, except for ‘that was it for this year’ is unspeakable agony).
    The sound of crickets chirping on a warm summer night, the clanck of icecubes in a drink, the wind howling when I’m safely and warmely inside, my children’s gleefull screaming when they chase each other… those I love.
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      Oh yes, any sound from a dentist’s office. Ugh.
      I do like your happy sounds!

  • May 28, 2013 Betty Manousos

    what an adorable post!

    i can relate to almost some of them.

    have a great day.

    stopping by to say hi! (from sits)

    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • May 28, 2013 Natalie

    My boys’ laughter is the best…but their whines and cries are the worst!
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      Oh, whining. I hate whining too.

  • May 28, 2013 FitBritt

    Beautifully written as always Alison.

    Honking cars. Oh how I hate the sound! Also, the sound of the doorman buzzing. I heard it the first two seconds you held the button down, I don’t need you to hold it down for another 8 seconds.

    I love the sound of ocean waves. Any size, it doesn’t matter. Birds chirping. I love the sound of the vacuum-strange I know! Keys turning the lock in the door-my husband is home!
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      Ooh, ocean, yes!! I love the ocean. I can hear it now, in my head.

  • May 29, 2013 Jessica

    I just got chills thinking about nails on a chalkboard. Ehh.
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      Hah! Sorry πŸ™‚

  • May 29, 2013 Jennifer

    You had me at “KitchenAid”…I wish I had one to listen’s on my list of WANTS.

    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      You need to persuade your husband, like I did. It only took him 5 years to finally get it for me. πŸ™‚

  • May 29, 2013 NiΓ±a

    This is really cute Alison. I love this post actually.
    Well, I can really relate to most of these, particularly the “nail scratching on a chalkboard” oh gawd, I really hate it too. And what I really love most is when I hear my daughter laugh so hard and also, K-Pop songs and when somebody speaks Korean.
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      So you like Koreans then? πŸ™‚

  • May 29, 2013 Michelle

    I think my least favorite noise is the electronic dog door going up and down successive times during the day. Our puppy likes to stand right in front of it. It drives me absolutely crazy!!
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      Hah! Sounds like your puppy is doing it on purpose πŸ™‚

  • May 29, 2013 Leslie

    Baby/little kid laughs are the BEST! I could spend hours watching youtube videos of laughing babies. You’re right about the ball popper music though. I’m not easily annoyed by toy music, but that one definitely gets to me.
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      Oh me too! I have videos upon videos of my boys laughing. πŸ™‚

  • May 29, 2013 Arnebya

    I’m with you on the sound of rain (no matter where I am) and my kids’ laughter (also my husband’s, because I consider it a feat to make him laugh heartily). I love Minnie Riperton’s voice and the way my son says “you are my favorite.” I love the sound of a Pepsi being opened, whether it’s a can or a bottle. I love the sound of my heels on the hardwood floors, the hum of the dryer, and the millions of motorcycles that run through the city on Memorial Day. I DETEST the sound of gum popping, anything scraping on a chalkboard, a record scratching, music by Kem, my own voice yelling, any child crying, my kids arguing, an animal or person in pain, the song Don’t Disturb This Groove by Surface, cars speeding down my street, vomit hitting a surface that is not the toilet or trash can, and my front door opening (it squeaks).
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      I hate my yelling voice too. Also the inevitable sore throat and guilt that follows.
      Y’know, when I read “sound of a Pepsi being opened”, I actually heard that in my head, loud and clear.

  • May 30, 2013 thedoseofreality

    Absolutely despise the sound of cars honking unless I am in NYC when I don’t mind. Totally agree with you. And Elmo’s laugh. NO.-Ashley
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      I remember loving all the sounds of NYC when I was there! Well, except for the sirens. πŸ™‚

  • May 30, 2013 Kir

    ahhh what a great list. I too love lots of sounds, shoes on a marble floor, the Chung Chung of Law and Order and Jacob’s laugh among them.

    this was a wonderful peek inside You.
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      Shoes on a marble floor! Yes!

  • May 30, 2013 Kimberly

    Oddly, one of my favourite sounds is my husband agreeing with me and the latter when he slurps everything. Gah. Gross.
    I think that any word that comes out of a babes mouth is pretty awesome.
    Except when they say things like shit and you can’t find your husband to blame it on.
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      Hah! I actually think it’s hilarious when a toddler says shit, particularly when in the right context.

  • May 30, 2013 Nina

    Oh my goodness, A, why does the fridge bother me so much too??? Open close. Open Close. I could scream. The chairs scraping against the floor get me too.

    Loved your lists of good sounds. Agree with all of them!
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    • May 30, 2013 Alison

      Oh gosh yes, any type of furniture scraping on the floor, just makes me want to claw at my ears. Eek.

  • May 31, 2013 Greta

    Love: soft warm rain, happy squeals
    Hate: whining, the alarm in the morning
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      My alarm is the baby so I’m lucky. πŸ™‚

  • May 31, 2013 Runnermom-jen

    Elmo’s laugh?! Hahaha…oh my gosh, that’s funny. I always loved Elmo’s laugh. He’s my favorite T.V. monster πŸ˜‰
    And it’s funny how when we’re expecting a delivery we can love the ring of a doorbell, but not so much at naptime. And nails on a chalkboard has to be one of the worst sounds ever!!!
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      I remember you telling me that, about Elmo’s laugh! πŸ™‚

  • May 31, 2013 Stevie

    I love the sound of typing on the keyboard. The hiss and slurp of the Keurig as it finishes brewing my coffee. The quiet snores and purrs from my orange tabby. And the wind-chimes tinkling outside my window.
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    • May 31, 2013 Alison

      Oh yes, the anticipation of fresh, hot coffee!

  • June 1, 2013 Ewa "Mom Photographer"

    I do love the sound of a loud motorcycle engine. It reminds me of our long road trips before the kids came along.
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    • June 1, 2013 Alison

      That’s what I call good memories!

  • June 1, 2013 anymommy

    I love the sound of my children playing nicely together. Probably because it’s so rare. πŸ˜‰
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    • June 1, 2013 Alison

      “Playing nicely together” – what’s that? πŸ™‚

  • June 13, 2013 Amanda Jillian

    I love the Sex and the City intro too
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    • June 13, 2013 Alison

      It’s awesome, isn’t it?

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