The Shhh Machine


the shhh machineI have a 6-year-old, and you would be surprised at all of the new products that have come on the scene in the last 6 years. My son became a dad last year. He is a great dad, and he and his wife got all of the essentials when they had their baby. This also included the Shhh Machine.

One night, we were chatting over FaceTime, and he answered and made the “shh” sign with his fingers. I knew that meant that this Tiki needed to not just talk but absolutely swoon over my grandson as he put him to sleep. I kept hearing a shhhhh sound, but my son was not making that noise. I was so confused. I did charades and gestured for him to call me back after his sweet son crashed for the night.

I couldn’t wait for him to call back to ask him if I was going crazy, and what was that noise?!

It was a Shhh… Portable Sound Machine!!!! I was my own SHHH machine. I wanted to find out who made this invention and kiss them. I remember so many days and nights bopping up and down and shhhhhhshing (is that even a word) with my little babies. This is genius, and I’m so mad that I did not come up with it in 1997 as I was building up my quads, doing the shhh dance for hours with my son!

I realize this may be old news for you new, hip moms out there, but I’m an old, wrinkled mom whose last baby was born when I was 46, so this rocked my world.

I love how there are new products and new ways to do things to help make parenting easier and better. Please never stop learning and trying new things.

The old alternative still works (insert boppin’ mom with a dry mouth from all the shhhhhhshing), but, man, the Shhh Machine is easier!

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Cheryl Brackemyre
I am a Buckeye by birth, but LOVE Louisville. We have cheered for those Louisville Cardinals for a few years when my stepdaughter played basketball in Louisville and fell in love with the city! I live in Ohio with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his wife Lauren and our littles, Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+? We are officially a Tiki and Jeep (our version of Grandma and Grandpa) since May of 2022 and have 2 grandsons with a 3rd on the. My husband and I are both ministers, and we get to work together in a local church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage, we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand.



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