This New York City couple had the best idea to deal with potential noise complaints from neighbors about their son's vocal range.
Being new parents is a tough job and it gets tougher if you are living in an apartment complex with neighbors around. Your little one might start crying at odd hours of the night and throw tantrums which are bound to cause friction between you and your neighbors. But Todd Wilson and Kristen Yanow found a solution to this problem even before it became a problem.
Somehow, this New York City couple has become the most popular neighbors on the block. Or at least they did their best to maintain a healthy rapport with their neighbors. According to TODAY, the couple welcomed their first child on January 19, 2023, and named the boy, Quint.
"We weren’t quite aware of how loud and how often newborns cry," 42-year-old Wilson told the news outlet. The couple who resides in a one-bedroom apartment in New York’s Lower East Side neighborhood was totally unprepared to handle the noise problem coming from their apartment. "We have three or four neighbors on our floor and our walls are kind of thin," Wilson added. "I didn’t want to terrify anybody."
Thankfully, the new parents were able to come up with a unique idea to give their neighbors a heads-up about their newborn’s vocal range. The couple stuck a sign on their door and Yanow suggested placing wine bottles along with them. But Wilson being a former bartender, had a better idea.
"We have a newborn. He is loud," the sign Wilson created read. "He's cute as f**k but very noisy. Bear with us. Thanks for your patience. Take a nip or 2 at your leisure," the sign stated, accompanied by a bucket of Jameson and tequila mini bottles. "I thought it was hilarious," Wilson said.
The couple’s post was also shared by the popular Instagram account, @whatisnewyork, which is known for sharing snapshots of the city taken by fellow New Yorkers. More than 140,000 people liked the sign and nearly 1,100 commenters pooled in. Even Wilson’s neighbor couldn’t help but leave a comment on the post. "They texted me," Wilson revealed. "They said, 'I saw the sign from our hallway on 'What is New York.' Are you famous?'"
The sign Wilson put up has definitely served the purpose as a couple of neighbors have taken a few nips from the bottle gifted to them and they even wanted to see little Quint. The new parents are grateful that their son is “finding his voice” early on.
"Quint was actually in the NICU for about five days when he was born," Wilson revealed. "He looked normal, but he didn't cry." The baby suffered from transient tachypnea, a respiratory problem where the amniotic fluid is not entirely pulled from the lungs. "About twenty nurses and doctors ran into the room and every alarm in the hospital went off. Kristen and I didn't think we were leaving with a child for a hot minute," the new dad added.
"There are no long-term side effects," Wilson said of transient tachypnea. "Quint is a tough little guy. He's doing great." But little Quint is now at home after some monitoring and observation and he is clearly winning the hearts of the neighbors and the internet crowd alike.