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My Husband Refuses to Help with Our Crying Baby at Night, Puts on Headphones & Listens to Calming Music – I Taught Him a Lesson

Caitlin Farley
Jul 03, 2024
07:15 A.M.

Scarlett is at her wit's end, balancing a demanding career and a teething baby while her husband, Dave, sleeps peacefully with noise-canceling headphones. When he dismisses her pleas for help, Scarlett hatches a cunning plan to make him experience her sleepless nights.

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I need to vent about something.

My name's Scarlett, and I've been married to Dave for 25 years. We've got three kids: a 12-year-old soccer fanatic, an 8-year-old aspiring astronaut, and our newest addition, Lily, who's six months old.

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A woman with two of her kids | Source: Pexels

Now, don't get me wrong, I love my kids to bits, but balancing a demanding career and raising these little humans is no joke.

Dave and I used to be this power couple. But lately, he's been avoiding his share of nighttime baby duty.

Picture this: I'm pacing the room with a screaming, teething baby at 2 a.m., while he's blissfully asleep, noise-canceling headphones on, listening to some darn calming ocean waves or whatever. It's infuriating!

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A woman soothing a crying baby | Source: Pexels

So, here's the setup. It was one of those nights. Lily was teething and inconsolable. I'd tried everything—rocking, feeding, singing lullabies. Nothing worked. Exhausted and at my wits' end, I shook Dave awake.

"Dave, I need help. Lily's been crying for hours," I pleaded, my voice barely masking my frustration.

He groaned and pulled off his headphones. "Scarlett, I have to be up early. My job is demanding. Can't you handle it?"

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A man sleeping | Source: Pexels

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"Seriously, Dave?" I snapped, feeling the hot sting of tears in my eyes. "I've been handling it all night. I need some support here."

He rolled his eyes and turned away. "I need my sleep. I can't function at work if I'm exhausted."

That was it. The tipping point. His words stung more than they should have. I felt like I was drowning, and he was just floating by, oblivious. Something had to change. I couldn't keep feeling this undervalued and alone.

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A woman with a determined look in her eye | Source: Midjourney

That's when I hatched my plan.

I'm not proud of it, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I decided to modify his precious headphones, planting a hidden speaker controlled by my phone. Yeah, it was sneaky, but I was desperate for him to understand my struggle.

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The first night of my plan, I felt a mix of guilt and anticipation. I tucked Lily into her crib and waited for Dave to fall asleep. When Lily woke up crying, I put my plan into action.

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A mother holding a crying baby while using her phone | Source: Midjourney

I activated the speaker. The sound of a baby crying filled his headphones. He shot up, confused and irritated.

"Scarlett, did you hear that?" he mumbled, rubbing his eyes.

"Hear what?" I replied, feigning ignorance.

He shook his head and stumbled over to Lily's crib.

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Crying baby in a crib | Source: Pexels

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I watched, half-amused, half-guilty, as he tried to soothe her. He was clueless but at least he was trying.

The next few nights, I got creative. I played the sound of a mosquito buzzing, a door creaking, even his boss's voice droning on about quarterly reports.

Dave's frustration grew. He was losing sleep, and it started to show in his work performance. He was irritable and snappy, but he still didn't connect the dots.

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A man resting his head on his arms | Source: Pexels

One particularly rough night, after I played the sound of a fire alarm, Dave sat up, wide-eyed and frantic.

"What is going on?!" he exclaimed, looking around the room in bewilderment.

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"Dave, relax," I said, hiding my smirk. "It's just Lily. Maybe you should check on her?"

He glared at me but reluctantly got out of bed. As he picked Lily up, I could see the bags under his eyes, the weariness starting to mirror my own.

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A sleepy man waking up | Source: Pexels

It was a small victory, but a victory nonetheless.

On the fourth night of my scheme, I played a sound clip of his boss, Mr. Thompson, sternly lecturing about missed deadlines. Dave bolted upright, looking genuinely terrified.

"What the hell, Scarlett? Did you hear that? It sounded like Mr. Thompson!" He was sweating, and for the first time, I saw a crack in his composed exterior.

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A man waking up in terror | Source: Midjourney

"Dave, I think you're just stressed," I said, keeping my voice calm. "Maybe you should help with Lily more often. It might help you sleep better."

He stared at me, and I could see the wheels turning in his head.

"Yeah, maybe," he muttered, but the doubt was there.

By the end of the week, Dave was a wreck.

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He was snapping at the kids, his patience worn thin.

"Scarlett, I don't know what's going on, but I can't take this anymore. I'm hearing things, and I'm exhausted."

I bit my lip, feeling a mix of guilt and satisfaction.

"Dave, we need to talk," I said, my voice steady but filled with the weight of the past few nights.

He looked at me, his eyes bloodshot and weary. "What is it? Just tell me."

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A couple speaking in their bedroom at night | Source: Midjourney

"Sit down," I urged, gesturing to the couch.

He slumped into the seat, rubbing his temples. I took a deep breath, ready to lay it all out.

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"Dave, those sounds you've been hearing? The baby crying, the mosquito, the fire alarm…they weren't real. I've been playing them through your headphones," I confessed, my heart pounding.

His eyes widened in disbelief, and then they narrowed in anger.

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An angry man | Source: Pexels

"You did this? Why the hell would you do that?"

"Because I'm drowning here!" I shot back, my voice breaking. "Every night, I'm up with Lily, trying to soothe her, while you sleep through it all. I feel so alone, Dave. I needed you to understand what it's like for me."

He stood up, his hands clenched into fists. "So you decided to torture me? What kind of twisted logic is that, Scarlett?"

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Tears spilled down my cheeks. "I didn't know what else to do. I'm exhausted, too. I needed you to see how hard this is for me. I needed you to be my partner, not just someone who checks out when things get tough."

For a moment, he just stared at me, his face a mix of anger and confusion. Then, slowly, the anger faded, replaced by something softer.

"Scarlett, I'm sorry. I've been so caught up in my own world. I didn't realize how much you were struggling."

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I nodded, wiping my tears. "I'm not saying it was the right thing to do, but I was desperate. I need you, Dave. I need us to be a team."

He sighed, running a hand through his hair. "I get it now. I've been selfish. I'm sorry."

That night, for the first time in what felt like forever, Dave stayed up with me willingly. He rocked Lily, changed her diaper, and even managed to make her giggle.

It was like a weight lifted off my shoulders. I wasn't alone anymore.

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A man holding his daughter | Midjourney

In the days that followed, Dave became more involved. He started taking turns with nighttime baby care. We shared late-night feeds, whispered conversations, and moments of quiet bonding.

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Our relationship began to heal and strengthen.

One night, as we lay in bed, both exhausted yet content, I whispered, "Thank you, Dave."

He smiled and held me close. "No, Scarlett. Thank you for waking me up."

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A couple in bed | Source: Pexels

The new dynamics in our household were noticeable. Dave was more patient with the kids, and they responded to his increased involvement with joy. Our evenings were filled with laughter and shared responsibilities, a stark contrast to the isolation I'd felt before.

During one of those late-night feeds, as we sat in the dim light of Lily's nursery, Dave looked over at me.

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"I've been thinking a lot about what you said," he began. "About partnership. I want to make sure I'm here for you, for us. I've been neglecting my share of the load, and I'm sorry."

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I reached out, squeezing his hand. "I appreciate that, Dave. It means a lot. It's about being there for each other, even when it's tough."

He nodded, a determined look in his eyes. "I promise to maintain a balanced share of parenting duties from now on. You won't have to do this alone."

Our bond grew stronger with each passing day. We found a rhythm, a balance that worked for us. The late nights didn't seem as daunting with Dave by my side, and the burdens we carried felt lighter when shared.

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One peaceful night, after a particularly calm evening with Lily finally asleep, we crawled into bed, both of us utterly exhausted. Dave pulled me close, his arm wrapped around me.

"Scarlett," he whispered, his voice filled with gratitude, "thank you."

I smiled, feeling a sense of contentment wash over me. "Thank you, Dave," I whispered back. "For being my partner."

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A happy couple in bed | Source: Pexels

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As we drifted off to sleep, I felt a deep sense of peace. We were in this together, truly together, and that made all the difference.

Click here to read how one woman taught her brother-in-law a harsh lesson about respecting her pregnant sister using a watermelon and a crazy bet!

This work is inspired by real events and people, but it has been fictionalized for creative purposes. Names, characters, and details have been changed to protect privacy and enhance the narrative. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

The author and publisher make no claims to the accuracy of events or the portrayal of characters and are not liable for any misinterpretation. This story is provided "as is," and any opinions expressed are those of the characters and do not reflect the views of the author or publisher.

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