So, if five minutes pass without you hearing your kids laugh, giggle, squeak, yell, cry, fight, or jump off furniture, there’s a strong possibility that you may become suddenly (and rightfully) suspicious and tiptoe off in search of them.
You may find them sitting on your bed, holding those supposedly baby-proof cups- you know, the ones that will only leak if held upside down and vigorously shaken? They’ll be holding those cups upside down and vigorously shaking them, engrossed in what is obviously very important and very serious work, because the two will be working in tandem and in silence to effectively soak your As-A-Grown-up-I-Deserve-A-Pretty-Bedspread bedspread, which is just a few months old and dry clean only.
Or, if you doze off thinking your son is asleep as well, you might wake to find him, the bed, the floor, the desk and the same milk-stained bedspread all ghostly white and pleasantly floral smelling- all covered with a layer of baby powder so deep it will require a proper archeological dig to restore the room to its original color. There will be two jumbo-sized containers of baby powder suspiciously kicked under the bed. Both will be empty.
Or you could wake up with four colors of post-its stuck to your face and pillow. Because your son woke up and early and quietly entertained himself while waiting for you to come around.
Kids: If you can’t hear them, find them!