So, it is here. April 21-27, the week that you are supposed to turn it off, get outdoors and spend more time as a family. You gonna do it? Nah, me either. Not completely anyway. Nathan and I don’t watch TV together anymore. There were a few dark weeks of winter where he would sing away watching what I watched and at times Noggin, but not anymore. I wised up, he is much happier in his saucer or even on the floor with a rattle. I can get just as much done or not with him that way, as I can if he is watching. So, with Nathan cured where does that leave the rest of the clan?
I would have never, ever said that being a SAHM would have me watching less TV than a I did before I was a parent. NEVAH! I love TV, my reward for working out wasn’t ice cream (you cant call something you eat everyday anyway a reward) it was TV. I am an HGTV addict (now its just TiVo’d for when I have time). TV is/was a really big part of how Mike and I love to relax together. Sunday nights of (o-m-word we are D.O.R.K.S.) 60 minutes and The Amazing Race. There were a few nights a week were we would rush home from the gym and try to both be showered, dinners plated and in front of it in time for 8pm. Ahh, that was the life.
Things now are so much different. We never watch TV together during the week anymore. We will watch a few saved shows on the weekends after Nate is down for the night and that’s about it. I spend my free time doing other things, much more productive things. Since we purchased the big boy booster a few weekends ago, something insane happened without discussion. We are eating at the table, we strap in the boy and sit up in chairs, not on the floor. We talk to each other. Nathan eats his real food just once per day right now and around 2-3 pm, so it isn’t because we are eating together.. but it just happened. That single act killed the TV. It’s good timing really, with Mike working as much as he is. See, before baby we carpooled and worked at after work together so we had our time to catch up on the day and chat. Both of those activities are now done as alone time so we need to talk, not just zone out.
Honestly, I would have gone for it this week if LOST weren’t coming back this Thursday. There is no way I can read a book while it TiVo’s just to watch it later. No way. That little red record light would just kill me.
So, what are your TV habits? Are you turning your TV off this week?