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DS's first 4th of July was when he had just reached 5 mo. I was very worried that the fireworks would scare him. We live across the street from the park on the river where the fireworks are held, so we really can't just avoid them. However, to my surprise my little baby adored them<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bouncy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bouncy">, and I even took him to a couple of other fire works in other towns on the weekend.<br><br>
Last year, DS was 17 mo and I thought he might have become more aware of the potential danger in fire works, so I was once again was worried that he might be scared of the fireworks. However once again he adored them<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:.<br><br>
So, this year at 29 mo I was not at all worried about DS being scared. When people asked I simply replied "Oh, he loves fireworks, don't worry."<br><br>
Just about 1 or 2 minutes into the display he was trying to drag me around to the back of the house, so we could go back in through the back door. I had a hard time convincing him simply to go towards the front so we could use the front door to go back inside that way (the back door was locked.) We tried watching from an upstairs bedroom window, but that too was too much for him<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Bolt.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bolt">. We ended up spending the most intense moments in the pantry.
 

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Somewhere along the way, my son developed a fear of loud noises. When I use my mixer or blender, he wears earphones meant for use with power tools. Tonight we were at a shop and ordered a smoothie. We had to wait outside until the blending was done. It's probably a common change to go from accepting to scared of noises.
 

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I have vivid and visceral memories of hating the 4th of July as a child under 5. Between the fireworks and the firetrucks in the parade, I was a wreck all day. I still have a gut level fight or flight reaction to sudden, loud and unexpected noises.<br><br>
We're very careful with ds since he seems to startle easily. This wouldn't work with fireworks, but I always warn ds when I'm about to turn something on (like the vacuum or my loud little hand blender). Then, I make a noise approximately the same tone and level as whatever machine I'm turning on. This seems to help a little.
 

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We too have some great fireworks that are on display down the road every Australia Day. My oldest son talks about them all year leading up to them and says how great they are. The minute they start he's in tears and wanting to go home!<br><br>
I love firworks and I especially love ammusement park rides, he better buck up in the next ten years because he's going to accompany me.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We too have some great fireworks that are on display down the road every Australia Day. My oldest son talks about them all year leading up to them and says how great they are. The minute they start he's in tears and wanting to go home!<br><br>
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Wow. I hope you were just saying this tongue-in-cheek. I'm 32 years old and still have horrid memories of being dragged to the parades and fireworks. I know my parents didn't mean for it to be that traumatic and I lived through it. All the same, I will NEVER repeatedly make my child do something he has an absolute horror of. I cannot imagine being forced to go on amusement park rides against my will.
 

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WE had a similar experience this year at 31 mos. She kept pleading to go inside the house. Luckily, we were watching from my BIL's front yard and we could go in. She was fine to watch from the protection of the house, but that was it.
 
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