No, we’re not moaning. Neither is RR. But all of her schoolmates do, and I’d like to know why.
RR has five schoolmates in the baby room, four boys and one girl. The four boys are eight months (and crawling), six months (and HUGE for his age), almost six months (and the most moany), and one who is two (maybe three?) months. The other girl is two months old. The fact is, though, that most all of the moan constantly. OK, maybe not constantly. But whenever we arrive to pick-up RR or drop her off with a full house, there’s a substantial am0unt of moaning.
The moaning is usually coming from the boys. I know – it sounds sexist, but the one other little girl lets out a shriek every so often, but is nothing compared to the chorus of moaning boys. They moan while they are in their cribs. They moan while they are being fed. They moan while they are bouncing in the exersaucer, or on the ground playing with toys, or trying to crawl. They moan when they’re happy or sad or hungry or delighted or tired. RR is often the only quiet baby in the room – often sitting in a swing, or laying on the ground playing with something, or sitting up in the boppy observing the waves of moans. Her teacher yesterday told us that when she is not cooing to herself, she is often sitting quietly, staring at others around her, contemplating the sound of one hand clapping.
The teachers are attentive. They are two of them, and six kids total. They’re on top of the moaning with food, diapers, burps, changes of scenery, rocks, swaddles, and anything that quiets the moaning. But even happy, there’s an undercurrent of moans in the room.
So why is there so much moaning? Will RR turn into a moaner eventually, or will she turn into a zen master? I’d say the moaning was attached to teething, but not all who moan are teething. I would just like to prepare for the upcoming moaning times if they’re coming, or get RR a tiny statue of Buddha if not.