My Journal - Week 29 (07Mar10)

I think I can, I think I can.... wake the baby up that is....

This morning, I had an "Ah ha!" moment.  Do you recall me saying sometime ago that there was something between 4:30 and 5:00 am waking Hunter up almost everyday for a period of time?  Well, after some coincidental snoring from Daddy that woke me up this morning, I finally have discovered what wakes Hunter on occasion - and no, it wasn't Daddy's snore but it was probably the prelude to what actually woke him.  As I was lying there, startled from the loud snore, I waited to see if the snore woke the baby.  Nope, it was all good or so I thought.  Approximately one minute later, there it was - the loudest blaring horn (in the distance) a train could make at exactly 4:36 am.  Not just one toot, or even two.  Kind of one long blast, one after another.  Within seconds the baby started stirring, and then the clickity clack of the train wheels rolling along down the tracks, could be heard in our "so quiet you could hear a pin drop" home.  I looked at the clock - yep, 4:36 am.  And I was hoping Hunter would settle himself back down to sleep, but no such luck.  I had to laugh, even though I was kind of upset.  I never realized how loud the train sounds when there isn't anything else going on (like sleep....).  Also, after all the years of living near trains throughout my life, I have simply grown accustomed to the sounds, in fact I find the train soothing to me, and I would miss it if it were not there.  But having said that, now that we have a baby, I am not so happy about the horn.  What's more confusing is, where we live, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever for the engineer/conductor to blow his horn!  There isn't a level crossing anywhere around.  Where this train goes by, it goes over a road on a train bridge, and the next major streets over in any direction this same train goes by those streets via train bridge.  I can't see the logical reason for blowing the horn, except to wake up the living dead.  Thankfully most of us are almost dead at that hour, and don't really ever notice it.  Most, except Hunter.  In time, he will get used to it I am sure.

I am at a point where I wonder if I should call Canadian National or Canadian Pacific (CN/CP) to ask them why the horn blowing happens where there is no level crossing.  I know from personal experience (having had to respond to a police call regarding this same train line, when there was a fire along it about 8 years ago.  We had to send police to shut down local traffic where the train track crossed, because of the danger of the spreading fire caused by a spark from the trains wheels along the side of the track where bush brush usually grows.  That summer it was very dry, and the fire started and spread a great distance along the tracks.)  So I know there is no level crossing where this train goes, and therefore no reason to warn traffic of its approach.  What would you do?  When nothing wakes Hunter, he sleeps 8 hours straight, has some milk then goes back to sleep for another 4-5 hours.  Any suggestions out there?

Personal Journal Note:  Hunter had another BM.  Three days in a row - yeah!


  1. There is a level crossing on Audley Road south of Taunton maybe that is the one that the train is on when you hear the horn. I know it seems like a way off but in the wee hours of the morning the sound can travel quite a distance.


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