Have You Ever…


Have you ever been in a hotel room and gone to bed, only to hear the screaming-terror of a child in the next room?

FOR HOURS…For Hours…For Hours……..and hours…and what seems like forty days and forty nights…and sixty-two minutes….and 3 seconds…?  Have you? 

The night before last, that was my night. 

The Wild Boar and I laid in bed and could hear the bloody-murder curdling screams of a child in the next room.  No matter how sound-proof the walls, these were screams that penetrated all 2 x 4’s.

We laid in bed saying, “Those poor people.  Thank God, it’s not us.  Those poor people.”

If you have kids, you’ve been there.  You know kids often can’t sleep in a new bed, or they are sick or you forgot their blanket.  It’s horrible, the kid screaming, you trying to quiet them in an unfamiliar place.  It’s difficult and there is nothing worse.

So I woke up a zombie.  I was up half the night when I already went to bed late. 

So imagine my reaction when I ran into the family as we exited our rooms and got on the elevator together.

They looked like zombie’s too.  I felt bad for them.  I’m telling you, this kid would have worn down soldiers.

As we rode down to breakfast, the father looked at me and said, “What a night.”  He must have been feeling guilty about his kid kicking our shared wall.  Yeah, that was fun.

Then he said, “Taking away the pacifier was not a good idea.”

I almost died.  I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped open too.  Here I had felt sorry for them.  I am such a sucker.

Are you kidding me?  Who goes to a hotel and decides it’s the place you take away the pacifier from your two year old!  For the first time!  Who?  Who does this?

Who, even in their most wildest, dementia-induced, moronic and maniacal parental moment, takes away a pacifier, from a two year old, at a hotel?  What would the purpose of this be?

I mean when you take away the pacifier, all that kid has to comfort themself is the familiarity of their own home, and even that isn’t good enough.

So why, why, why would taking away a pacifier, AT A HOTEL, be a good move?

If I hadn’t been so tired, I think I would have wrestled the guy to the ground.  However, I think I got one good eye-roll in.

Lack of common sense is one of my biggest pet peeves.

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  1. I am all for letting kids suck their pacifiers and thumbs til well past adolescence, good grief….security matters a whole lot ESPECIALLY on a trip ! You’re right , no common sense there, gotta think this is only the beginning of bad choices for this family. Just make sure you don’t book any more hotel rooms near them. KathyB.

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  2. Rita 2

    the sole purpose was of course, to make you wake up zombie-esque lol

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  3. Bunny 3

    It sounds to me like they left they’re common sense at home when they went on they’re trip. What made them choose that moment is right,and why when they saw that the poor kid was having such a hard time didn’t they give it back to him out of respect for the people in the rooms on either side of them? Did they think you wanted to share in the moment too? That rates right up there with a screaming kid in a restaurant that the parents don’t even try to comfort or take outside, that’s not as bad as you and your family loosing a night’s sleep but you just wonder what these parents are thinking cause I know what I’m thinking when it happens!

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  4. HoneyB 4

    LOL, I just KNEW I had to get in here this morning before I got ready for work – I was running late but my thought was, I need to see what the Noble Pig has on her blog today. LMAO SO glad I did! Picturing you wrestling that parent down – absolutely priceless! (not so funny the kid had you awake all night long….)

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  5. I would have slapped him until his head rolled off. How rude to disturb other folks! I swear, people are dumb these days. DUMMMMBBBBBBB.

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  6. Lori 6

    For the love of pete. That’s outrageous! Still, I don’t know how they stood it. As awful as it was being in your room, just imagine being a couple of feet away from that screaming all night. They are either deaf and/or heartless.

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  7. Yes, even idiots breed.

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  8. What a moron! People really are unbelievable, aren’t they?!

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  9. I have a two-year old woefully addicted to her “bippies” and though I fear the day we take it away, I sure as hell won’t be doing it in a place where she can’t find safety and comfort elsewhere.

    It almost borders on being cruel to the poor kid.

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  10. I am wondering if they left the pacifier at home. And wish they hadn’t.
    Hopefully, they’ll learn from this stupid decision!
    If you ever give in to your desires and “wrestle someone to the ground”, you must make sure that you give the Wild Boar your camera. You must post pictures!!!

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  11. Philly 11

    I babysat my Great Nephew a few weeks ago. He is 18 months old. He is off the bottle, however they give him one to relax him before bed. Well, they decide to take that last bottle away while he is at my house,,,,WTF!! Aunty #1 went out and bought a bot-bot of her own, just in case.

    #1

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  12. What a complete moron!! It makes no sense on any level. I hope you get some sleep tonight!!

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  13. Erin 13

    I was once on a flight with two year oldish boy and his grandmother and she had decided that he would no longer be drinking his strawberry milk. Cold turkey. The boy’s screams could be heard from stem to stern of the plane. She had a strawberry bottle in her bag, packed by the boy’s mother, but she felt he was ready to quit. I’m telling you, if I had been a smoker, I would have given the kid a cigarette, deep fried candy, drugs, anything to ease his addiction and give us all some peace. :)

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  14. My mother always used to say “Common sense isn’t so common”.

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  15. sassy 15

    Not the smartest bulbs in the pack. I don`t beleive i`d have the restraint you had, i would have said something like…….ARE YOU CRAZY OR WHAT?

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  16. Are they still at the hotel? Go to a store, buy a pack of pacifiers, leave them outside their door with a note, “For the love of God- give your child the paci.”

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  17. You are a saint. I’d have asked for verification… “You took away your childs pacifier on a trip and let them scream the hotel down and keep everyone awake for hours? Really?”

    Then I’d have rolled my eyes!

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  18. MaMa says,”Stupid is as stupid does”
    some people are just plain stupid

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  19. Good Thursday morning to you, Cathy.

    Clearly they are incapable of making intelligent parenting decisions. And are inconsiderate of others to boot. Grrrr !

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  20. Marcy 20

    OMG! I’m totally with you on that Cathy. What morons! I whole heartedly agree you DO NOT try anything new with your 2 yr old in a hote – something that could upset him that is. Serves them right, but ya’ll didnt deserve it for sure.

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  21. Alexa 21

    As I was reading your post, I had flashbacks to my own crazy times in hotel rooms with my twins chasing the other guests away because they couldn’t settle down in a new environment… and then I got to the part about the pacifier and I wanted to smack the guy for you! :-)

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  22. “Lack of common sense is my biggest pet peeve”….I’M WITH YA!

    It irritates me to no end. Funny story, though I am sorry you had to endure that. Maybe you can catch some ZZZ’s in the car.

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  23. Sandie 23

    lol, I know of a much better place to take a pacifier away from a 2-year-old… Grandma’s house.

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  24. I would have SO V8 SLAPPED him right on the forehead.

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  25. How Rude! I hate inconsiderate people. I hope you get to take a nap today!

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  26. jancd 26

    The parents (if they were the poor kid’s parents) were idiots.

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  27. Louise 27

    Oooo, brings back a painful memory … my son spouted his first molar in the middle of the night at a crowded Yosemite campground. In the morning the other campers practically helped us pack our stuff as we quickly cut short our camping trip. Not a pretty site.

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  28. Dee 28

    I’m pretty sure I would have done more than eye rolling! They’re idiots, that’s what they are. I feel sorry for the kid. And their neighbours. Can you imagine living next doot to them?

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  29. What a bonehead.

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  30. ntsc 30

    I can’t help but thinking of the roll of scenes from ‘Airplane’ where Lloyd Bridges goes ‘It was a bad day to stop smoking’ then ‘It was a bad day to stop drinking’ and continues upward.

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  31. Rayrena 31

    Eeek. As a mother of an 18-month old, I completely understand the horror of having her cry for some reason that I can’t figure out or change. But to inflict that on her, and others, is shameful!

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  32. Laura 32

    your restraint is amazing I would be in jail for nothing less than assult or perhaps murder…my lovely 16 yr old nearly 17 yr old still sucks her thumb…

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  33. Misty 33

    WOW…really? I am utterly shocked. That is a big thing to do period…let alone in a strange place. Poor kid.

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  34. Oh that would be my kid screaming in the hotel when she was little. But it was only because that was her. She still screams in her sleep and she is now 5 1/2. She will probably scream forever! My solution, really good earplugs. I sleep like a hybernating bear now! Those parents are so silly. There I put it kindly. Snicker!

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  35. Laura 35

    The one time I was forced to be in a hotel with my children when they were tiny tiny I broke every rule of good sleep hygiene in an effort to not disturb the people around me. What idiots.

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  36. Deeba 36

    Oh boy!! You don’t mess with 2 year old’s in public places! Not in a hotel, not out of your own home. What an absolute horror!! I cannot believe that happened to you…aaaaaaaargh!!

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  37. mitchsmom 37

    So funny you brought this up… we went to the Bahamas last week and my youngest one decided to pitch a holy-terror fit one day (in the day time at least). Kicking, screaming like a banshee, whole nine yards.
    I was cringing because I KNEW everyone around could hear him!!! There’s NO WAY in hell I would have induced it in any way on purpose like removing a paci!!!!

    We ended up making him sit outside on a rock by our (open) door. Then he was too embarassed to act out any more.

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  38. Oh for the love of Pete. Meanwhile, I’m pretty sure that kid was sitting next to us at dinner last night. His mother was trying to get him to play I-Spy while he was screaming and writing on her lap. Lady? When the kid is screaming, you’re past I-Spy.

    But yes…I’ve been there too.

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  39. The comics in yesterday’s paper had Marvin giving advice to other toddlers. The question was when to d/c a pacifier. He answered, “When it gets caught in your braces.”

    Sometimes a crying child only wants to be held close. That’s one of my pet peeves. Parents who leave a screaming baby in one of those carriers while he cries his eyes out. Why not hold him for a minute to soothe him?

    OK So I am a softhearted old woman.

    Ava

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  40. tj 40

    …Holy Moly! You shoulda reared back your fist like you were gonna punch him square in the face and say, “why I oughta…” – that would’ve gotten the message across…lol… ;o)

    …Hopefully you’re catchin’ some zzz’s right about now…

    …Blessings… :o)

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  41. No! That was NOT a good idea! Dumb people, dumb!

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  42. Barbie with a T 42

    Both my children kept their pacifiers until they were able to throw them away themselves. Nine times out of ten, children are ready to get rid of the pacifier before they are two years old. Of course, they miss it and cry for a bit afterwards, but it doesn’t last long when they find out that crying does no good. And I cannot for the life of me understand why that goofball would try something like that in a motel room!!! You poor people had to suffer along with them. I bet if you knew that they were doing the good deed of taking the pacifier away from their young one, you would have brought them a new one and told them to wait until they got home to do it, giving them a lot of good parental guidance along the way.

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  43. One of my friends just got back from a campground, where the neighboring tent had a screaming child all night– wonder if that was their problem as well?

    Yikes, well done on the restraint though :-)

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  44. misty 44

    you have got to be kidding? I would have been so mad… Sad to think, honestly, that they are raising a child. To be so inconsiderate…

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  45. Marjie 45

    …and this is why I never gave my kids a pacifier. If the child won’t sleep, did they ever hear of snuggling up with him? Lack of common sense seems to be rampant these days!

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  46. I cannot believe this guy…I don’t have kids, but common sense tells me that ya wouldn’t be doing something like that!!!
    Thank God my parents let me keep my pacifer until I was 12 – I woulda been JUST rotten. Just kidding!!!

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  47. Common sense in on the instinction list, didn’t you know? Just like respect and courtesy.

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  48. Leslie 48

    Oh my! I would have had to slap those people! Stupidity! Aggghhhh

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  49. grace 49

    i echo your feelings about a lack of common sense. unfortunately, i think it’s one of the most frequent things missing in a person. :)

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  50. shonda 50

    It is for that reason that I NEVER take my kids outside of their home. And I mean never.
    I have had the pleasure of being next door to someone who is getting it on like they are filming a porno next door. And I was on a cruise. We made friends with them by the end of the deal, so I told them that noise doesn’t equate good.

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  51. Mike 51

    Yikes…you’re better than me. I have no patience with people any more, so I have developed a habit for speaking my mind…some times, not so much to my benefit, lol. Sorry about the crummy night :-/

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  52. Alicia 52

    I would have offered to go buy one just so he would know exactly the stupidity of the situation.
    I have a 2year old and I have trouble getting it away from her at home, I would NEVER try this in an unfamiliar setting.

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  53. melissa 53

    Only one of our kids needed a pacifier. I remember leaving my house at 12:30am to find an all night drug store (before super walmarts) to buy her one because we couldn’t find any of hers. I would have slapped that man so hard his wife would have felt it.

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  54. ALF 54

    I’m with you on that one. Common sense tells you to give the kid whatever it is he wants to keep him from screaming in a public setting.

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  55. mitchsmom 55

    LOL

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  56. Maybe they got him his own room, but they were just as annoyed as you because he kept them up through the walls!!! What an eejit. People are so inconsiderate. I would have gone and bought one if I was the parent and it was that torturous in the hotel room. I am super sensitive to other people though and I hate to put people out.

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  57. Sorry you had a horrible night. But I’m glad it wasn’t your kid doing the screaming. Some parents just have to learn the hard way because they don’t have a lot of common sense.

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  58. Egghead 58

    Well I hope tonight you have better sleep. Yikes!

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  59. Eye roll. Nice. :)

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  60. If it happened again I’d be knocking on the door with a pacifier in my hand as I called the parents idiots.

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  61. Katie 61

    Ok honestly, If I had just taken my kids pacifier away and he cried more than 15 minutes and I was in a hotel that pacifier would have gone right back in no problem. I mean was it really hurting him to have it in.

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  62. Oh my goodness, what, for lack of a better word, idiots! The older I get, the more I realize common sense isn’t that common.

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  63. Cheryl 63

    Seriously, I think I’d have tied a bag of pacis to the doorknob for when they got back to the room. And here you were trying to be so understanding…bless you.

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  64. Idiots, hope the kid isn’t traumatized for life. When kids screma for hours on end like that I think it’s more than a binky, like an ear ache or abuse or stomach ache or something. Kids get tired too unless they are in pain or are seriously stubborn. But holy mackeral how stupid is it to take a binky away in a hotel? I think all kids should have a cork.

    love the post after this one with the whoppin big zucchini and the picchas of the winery. wonderful.

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    TAG. It’s kind of a fun meme.

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  66. Kristen 66

    OMG – what idiots! That poor child and everyone else staying there.
    When I had Ella, my now 2 year old, the poor mom in the room next to me had a screamer. While my baby barely made a peep, her baby screamed all…night…long. And all day long. I had to get earplugs. Then I’d wake up still hearing a baby screaming thinking it was mine and mine would be peacefully sleeping away. I felt so sorry for that mom!

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  67. PookandHouse 67

    After I had a really long day at a hotel I used to work, I decided to sleep there because I had to be there early morning. One manager intentionally checked me in the suit section of the hotel. My room was sandwiched between two honeymoon couple. I could not meditate before going to bed and could not sleep peacefully. ALL NIGHT LONG… I was gonna call a cop. The next morning, front desk clerks asked me how was my overnight stay and laughed.

    I looked like a wrecked ship !!

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  68. What jackasses! You are way too nice, I would have gone off on him!!

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  69. krysta 69

    the last couple days i was a zombie with a crying baby… ugh it was hard.

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  70. I can’t beleive I was feeling sorry for them, too!

    I would have let him know where the nearest Walgreen’s or CVS was, so he could go get a “binky” immediately. Jerk.

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  71. Tipper 71

    Taking a pacifer if tough on everyone-but to do it away from home-is just crazy!

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  72. What a knucklehead. I’ll bet it was the Dad’s idea.

    Yeah, I said it.

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  73. Erin 73

    Oh. my. goodness. They didn’t.

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  74. Howdy 74

    OH My… I suppose it’s better than listening to a “party” next door… LOL

    I hear ya on the ‘common sense’ issue. As soon as I figure out how to bottle common sense… I’m gonna be rolling in money and won’t be able to keep up with demand… I just know it! LOL

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  75. Any chance he took away the pacifier a week prior, or month, or more???

    I’m just saying, benefit of the doubt…

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  76. Elle 76

    ACK! And OMG. Speechless.

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  77. Liz C. 77

    Kind of reminds me of one scene in Home Alone 2 when the mom is finally in New York but the kid ran when confronted. She asks “What kind of idiots work at a hotel that would let a little boy run out into the cold of the largest city in the world, on Christmas Eve, alone? And he answers “Oh, only the best, Madam.” Then, she slaps him. Uh-Huh.

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