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Hi, guys. I guess I'm in kind of a funk about what my baby can hear. I know he or she isn't supposed to be able to hear for a few more weeks now (18 weeks here), but I'm worried about what he or she will be hear me doing. I teach at kind of a tough school and have to discipline middle school kids all day long. Then I go to my extra-curricular job and have to discipline high school kids for a couple more hours. Then when I get home I have to get my dog to shut up. I just wish that I could have a couple hours every day where I wasn't alone, but I didn't have to ask someone to be quiet or change their behavior. I worry that the baby is going to associate grumpy feelings and tone of voice with Mama. I mean I'm growing and walking around with my baby and I'm in these situations that I would never take my babe into. Is it possible that my baby will not like me later on because he or she has heard me be so stearn? Or will the baby freakishly associate my stern and angry voice with nurturing and safety? I don't think I've ever had a greater desire to snuggle up with the people I love, but instead I have to hold people accountable for their actions. Is there a less snuggly word than accountable?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Don't worry.... take time in the evening to read books or sing to the baby.
 

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I think Kristin's idea is a good one. I would take the time at night to rub your belly and talk or sing. You have to remember that babies sleep a lot during the day in the womb as they are lulled to sleep with your movement. When you go to put your feet up is when they wake up. It is also pretty loud in your womb as well. There are lots of digestion noises and rumblings they hear.
 
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