Monday, September 29, 2014

What we're watching these days

Over the last 8 months or so, I've had to improve my time management skills. I used to be that person who'd follow a TV show to the bitter end, even those whose quality declined leaving me barely interested (I could, after all, multitask or send out emails while watching). Since Severin has been active and very mobile, that's changed. I used to think I was being a good media studies scholar as I completed show after show. Now I just don't have the time to spend on mediocre television. In fact, I watch very little now--some of it is for work (that doesn't mean it's quality TV--I watch TLC after all), a little for pleasure (I think I'm down to two or three shows now) and the rest is for children.

I'm careful about what Severin watches and how much TV he consumes. He would happily watch more than I allow, but he does get an hour or so early in the morning (6.30 am or so) and I sometimes get some very precious cuddle time. We basically watch CBeebies shows, sometimes live, but more often on youtube. He cycles through programmes, binging and then moving on, but his current favourites are Something Special with Mr. Tumble, Shaun the SheepRaa Raa the Noisy Little Lion, Small Potatoes and some of my childhood shows--the wonderful Bagpuss and The Herbs. He's also quite fond of Old Jack's Boat and Wibbly Pig.

I know this time will soon pass, that he will have other favourites, that he won't want mummy's cuddles so I'm enjoying every second. He even slept until nearly 8 am today, waking at his usual 6.30 for a bottle then settling back for a long nap. I stayed awake, holding him and worrying that he might be ill. He's fine, and it's likely just a one-off, but one day, he will sleep until 8 and it will be  a harbinger of a new sleep pattern, one where I may feel more rested but I won't have our precious early hours together.


erica said...

His hair is so beautiful. I've been trying to convince Leon to go with a longer style, but he gets so sweaty and dirty.

Screen time is a tricky negotiation. It's such an easy thing to fall into, especially when you're tired and need a little break. They can become utterly absorbed by tv, it's a little frightening.

Moya said...

Thank you, Erica. I love his hair too and feel sad that as a boy, I can't let it grow much longer. But I'm keeping it long for as long as I can.

Screen time is tricky but I feel bad because it helps me. We get to cuddle (which he doesn't do that often) and I know he's safe. He wants to run and jump and I just feel bad because it isn't safe or wise in an apartment (and the neighbours certainly don't like it). I know we'd be better playing outside but it isn't always possible and I am concerned that he's so active that it may not always be safe. I curse the day they invented cars sometimes as we can't be away from traffic and thus he can't explore the world safely.

Jocy said...

He's a gorgeous little boy.

Moya said...

Thank you, Jocy!