Since Drew came on the scene things around here have been a little less predictable.
How much sleep I’m going to get, when I’ll get to take a shower, how I’ll have to get creative to make dinner…
oh yeah, and HOW MUCH SLEEP I’M GOING TO GET.
As we all know, newborn babies eat around the clock. They also tend to have their days and nights mixed up, at least initially.
This makes for one tired mama.
Add to that the fact I get pretty antsy when I don’t know how things are going to play out (hashtag control freak) and you have one cranky mama.
I do that whole “If he falls asleep now I’ll get X hours of sleep” game. That game has no winners. I just end up a grumpy mess.
As much as I think God has bigger fish to fry than worrying about my sleep issues, I do believe He cares deeply for me. I also believe the things I worry about matter to Him. Just like the things my kids worry about matter to me.
This phase of life has been deepening my faith in cool ways and I’m thankful for that :)
BUT, when I’ve been up much of the night feeding and comforting Drew and he finally falls into a deep sleep in the wee hours of the morning, I just want to get some sleep too.
And then two sweet little rosy-cheeked brown haired girls come to my bedside saying, “Good morning, mama!” and I’m supposed to be awake.
Even though it’s 7am and I’ve only slept a couple hours.
It’s at this point I’d love to ring a bell and have a wonderful nanny whisk the children away to a hot breakfast while I get back to bed.
No such luck!
I don’t agree at all with a polygamist lifestyle, but part of me thinks having a sister-wife around might not be so bad! LOL
She and I could take turns watching the kids while the other one sleeps!
Or SOLO GROCERY SHOPPING!
Remind me why I don’t believe in polygamy again?
Oh right! That whole “sharing a husband” thing.
Ok, ok. Enough kidding around.
Lately my morning solution has been to let the girls watch a little Netflix while I doze just a little longer with Drew.
A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do, and for now it’s this.
I’m glad I don’t have to worry about them switching channels to anything I don’t want them to watch. And unlike the Sprout channel, there are no commercials on Netflix so they won’t be bombarded with marketing.
They know the shows I approve of and they stick to those.
Both of my girls love animals and this month’s Netflix Stream Team Theme is four-legged friends.
Netflix has launched a new series based on a beloved character from Shrek: Puss in Boots.
They’ve released 5 episodes so far and all of the reviews look great. Targeted age is 11-12, so if you have kids around that age, or you’re a kid at heart, you should check it out! Even though I’m not an animal person, I was a total sucker for his sweet manipulative face in Shrek 2. I mean come on!
Since that series is a little grown up for my little ones, I’ll share two of their favorites animal shows on Netflix :)
One of the very first shows Grace ever enjoyed watching was Kipper. It’s a sweet British cartoon about a dog named Kipper and his animal friends. I loved the innocent content and irresistible British accents and Grace loved the physical comedy and cute animal aspect. If you have a little one who likes animals (especially puppies) this show is really great.
Lately Grace and Avery both love watching Clifford. Grace’s love for puppies runs deep! But only cartoon and stuffed animal puppies. She’s totally freaked out by the real deal.
Fun fact – If I’d have been a boy like my parent’s thought (and the 1980 ultrasound indicated) my name was going to be Clifford James. After a soap opera character (Cliff on All My Children) and my Grandpa and Uncle (James). Thank God I was a girl! I can only ever think of the big red dog when I hear Clifford.
So, as much as I should drag my tired booty outta bed when they come calling in the morning, I feel better knowing they’re at least watching sweet and innocent shows like Kipper and Clifford :)
Now that Drew is sleeping longer stretches at night (over 7 hours last night!) I’m feeling hopeful that I’ll start waking up more ready to face the day and we’ll save our shows for the afternoon like we usually do (hello pre-dinner witching hour!).
Until that all levels out, I’m glad I have Netflix as my sister-wife! LOL
Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and will be sharing monthly tips and stories about how my family uses Netflix on a regular basis. As a member of the Stream Team I was provided with welcome kit including a voucher to apply towards my Netflix account. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.