We don't talk while Lincoln slumbers; we don't do dishes or close the microwave (if we have the courage to open it at all), and I have asked noisy neighbors to "shut it or so help me!" (which I do by universal signing "baby" and "sleep," since no one in our complex speaks fluent English).
Have I exploited our extreme, keep-Lincoln-asleep anxiety yet? It's ridiculous, yet every time Lincoln goes to sleep (especially after his bedtime), both Tyce and I continually shush the other until we end up outside, on the balcony, where it is literally freezing, just so we don't have to whisper.
Which brings me to my point: sometimes, when we're feeling especially enthusiastic about our self-eviction into the frigid, cold night, we plan ahead and make a sort of "date" out of the situation. We buy sparkling cran-apple cider and break out the fancy wine glasses. Tyson surprises me with a ring pop (my very favorite of favorites), we light candles, pull on two layers of sweatpants over our jeans, and say a prayer for our noses (they're always the first to go painfully numb). And yes, I end up bearing a striking resemblance to the Michelin Man. Sexy, I know.
These "balcony nights" (although we have to do frostbite checks afterward) have provided a somewhat worry-free, relaxed atmosphere for us, where many of our best conversations and (loud!) laughs have taken place lately. It's a fun little ritual we've created, almost like a bi-weekly "date night."
Yes, we live in fear of waking our light-sleeping one year old, but it's produced a unique experience and a time we get to spend together without interruptions (except to maybe check Lincoln's monitor every so often)! Now let's just get it out there - do we know how to party, or what? Raise the roof!!!
(and don't even pretend you're not busting that move after this!)