Being the noisy neighbor
Hi! I wanted to see what you all thought of my situation. My husband and I have two boys, ages 3.5 yrs and 16 months. We moved into a second floor apartment in December. We plan on moving into a home in Spring 2006. So apartment living is only temporary for us... BUT we have a very unhappy downstairs neighbor. She complained at least once to the property management company and we recieved the notice saying "Please refrain from running and jumping on the floors."
Since then, I have done everything in my power to keep the boys busy and OUT of the apartment durring the day, but of course this does not eliminate the noise that they create. They are children and children (especially TWO under the age of four) are just plain noisy. They LIVE on the floor.
The lady below plays very loud surround sound movies til late at night (not too late, but til midnight at best) that shakes and rattles my floor to the point of waking up my children at night. (we also have a fan in their room to drown out noise btw) My almost 4 yr old has woken up scared to death a few times. NOW she has started banging the walls or ceiling when my boys start to run around the apartment.
Of course I feel for her as we have a neighbor upstairs that is heavy footed and often wakes the boys at 5am, but do you hear me complaining and banging HIS floor? No, because in an apartment noise is EXPECTED. It's just something you have to deal with! - Also, at least my boys are sleeping from about 8:30pm til at least 6am every night/morning. So there is no noise at odd hours.
So finally my question... What should I do? If anything? Should I speak with the woman? Should I just go on living life like normal? Should I tie my children to a chair all day to make her happy ...or should we have a dance party up here everytime she bangs her ceiling? LOL J/K!
I just want to see what you all say because I am at my wits end. TIA!