life in an upstairs apartment

By Amy
Abernathy, Texas
June 14, 2010 7:33pm CST
I am constantly trying to curb my little one's enthusiasm early in the morning when he gets excited and wants to jump or hop - its noisy up here - must be noisy downstairs - we don't always have neighbors as most people use these condos as vacation - we get a discount for being here more long term. Someone did just buy downstairs and not sure how often they're here. I keep thinking - mostly because my husband says it so often, that we'll be kicked out. I have to have faith my landlady would warn us. My husband gets irritated and says if we get kicked out he's not even going to bother getting a new place we'll live on the streets or in an extended stay hotel. He's just irritated. When single he liked quiet and lived in quiet. He even listens to music - and he listens to a variety - from country, pop, sinatra, elvis - even metal - but softly. Now me, I listen to the tv rather loudly - I can't understand the words - I can hear when the music gets way too loud, and turn it lower then. I do use captions when I can but not always available and sometimes I'm in the kitchen - but I listen to it softly early in the morning and late at night. I think Daniel is a bit overwhelmed with me listening to the tv loudly and Robbie stomping around having fun. Have you ever been in the lower apartment with kids overhead running around or deaf neighbors?
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@carpenter5 (6786)
• United States
15 Jun 10
We have lived in both upstairs and downstairs apartments. We are currently downstairs. We have a 10 year old little boy that lives above us. I do occasionally hear him running or jumping but I don't let it bother me. I would never dream of complaining! We lived upstairs when our kids were in late elementary and early junior high school. During that time, we had 3 different downstairs neighbors. Two were very nice. They all had kids or their kids were grown. Whenever I asked about whether they heard my kids or not, they were always polite and said Oh sometimes, but it doesn't bother me. Then there was the other one. She complained almost daily that the kids were running and jumping and dropping stuff. Our landlady told her that she needed to move then because kids were not going to just sit and be quiet all day long. Kids need to be able to be kids and have fun. They should not be constantly nagged to be quiet and sit still.
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• Abernathy, Texas
15 Jun 10
I hope that's true! We mostly have him not stomp in the early morning. Or when my husband was on split shift and was sleeping during the day until he woke up for work - he stayed up a few hours after work - as most people do. So my little one would wake up and want to spend a short time with his daddy. I guess it depends on the homeowner's association. If they are pro kids they will be on our side, if not, they would talk to my landlady and ask that she have different tenants.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
16 Jun 10
I never have lived in a lower apartment....I lived in an upstairs apartment after I got divorced but we had a single lady that lived downstairs and worked evening so that when the kids and I were home she was gone.
• Abernathy, Texas
20 Jun 10
How convenenient for you all! What about now - upstairs,downstairs or house? - amy