I used to cry when I heard it.
The smacking of teeny, tiny newborn lips.
My ravaged, raw breasts — trying so hard to get the hang of breastfeeding a newborn — would clench defensively.
Together with the hungry cry, the wet cry, the poopy cry, and the gassy cry, that lip-smacking sound announced to the world that I was a mom.
It’s one of five distinct sounds that is universal to this motherhood gig. Indeed, hearing these five sounds below mean just one thing:
You’re a Mom.
2. The distinct cackle-lackle of a child digging frantically in the bottom of the Lego box for that one-in-a-million piece that your child just HAS to have.
3. Silence. It either means the kids are home and there’s trouble brewing or the kids aren’t home and you go into shock because you can’t remember what silence sounds like.
4. A plaintive cry, not from hunger or a boo-boo. No, this plaintive cry is most commonly associated with trying to comb the tangles out of Barbie’s hair, losing in Candy Land to a sibling, or removing a band-aid.
5. The inane voice of a cartoon character: Dora, Spongebob, Caillou, etc. They. Are. All. So. Grating.
Yup, hearing lip-smacking, cackle-lackle, silence, a plaintive cry, and annoying cartoon characters mean you’re a mom.
What other sounds of motherhood are universal to us all?