My baby is about five months old today. Though he isn’t even at the six-month mark, his size, alertness and overall demeanor make people think that the boy is much older than he really is. I’m not joking! When we go out to restaurants to eat, the waiting staff always asks if he would like some crayons and paper. They’re amazed when we tell them that he has no idea how to even hold a crayon yet! Still, while our son is a very well-behaved young boy, he has his moments where he is just upset by everything around him! Thankfully, I have an ace in the hole for getting him calmed down even from his most intense outbursts. All I do is hold him, and stand right next to the vent in the kitchen. See, our apartment is very strangely designed. Right across from the kitchen is the closet where I can access the heating and air conditioning system to change air filters, open up duct joints and stuff like that. When I’m in the kitchen, I can turn on the exhaust fan over the stove, and stand right between that fan and the closet where the central HVAC equipment is installed. The sound of the exhaust fan whirring, in combination with the constant hum of the HVAC system, seem to put his weary little head to rest! Recently I had the apartment property managers come by, and say that they’re going to be upgrading our unit’s HVAC system to a much quieter set of equipment. I bet I’m the first person to say no to that request! I know that seems foolish, choosing a coping method for my baby boy over a generally improved A/C system for our apartment, but that’s just how it is as a parent. Sometimes, you have to pass up on stuff you’d love, just because you know it will upset your children.