How crap TV got me through the newborn days

I was looking back at my daughter’s first few months with fondness the other day. Not holding her tiny little hands or those snuggly newborn cuddles on my chest, but all the Netflix I watched.

Oh man, was there a lot of Netflix.

She did little else but feed and nap on me during those early days, and every time she did, I turned on Netflix. I used to be an avid reader, but my mind was too muddled with sleeplessness after she was born to do anything but stare at a screen.

And stare I did. It was EPIC.

I watched three seasons of Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends and five seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race. When my husband went away for a conference, leaving me alone with a 5-week-old Popple, I watched 14 episodes of Pretty Little Liars in a single day. She was well into her non-stop screaming phase (a phase that would last another seven weeks), so I was too afraid to leave the house. We sat on the couch for most of the day while she alternated between feeding, sleeping and crying, that ridiculous teen drama on mute with subtitles.

I got through six seasons of that crap without ever once turning on the sound.

The baby days also introduced me to Making a Murderer, Sing It On and Scrotal Recall (which, disappointingly, has now been renamed Lovesick). Stories of murder, college a capella groups and awkward British love triangles were my reward for waking up at 3am for yet another feed. I told myself that it was actually a good thing that she was awake yet again, because it meant that I got to watch another chunk of the ongoing saga between Steven Avery and the Manitowoc Police Department.

I almost looked forward to those late night feedings. Not quite. But almost.

The baby stage was hard, but the TV was great. And I miss it. Yeah, I still watch TV now, but I can only manage one episode of a show per night, and often not even that. There are, after all, lots of other things I need to be doing. Cleaning. Preparing meals. Actually spending time with my husband. Blogging, obv.

But when the Popple was a newborn, no one expected me to do anything but care for her – and I didn’t expect anything more of myself either. I never felt guilty about losing myself in show after show, because what else was I supposed to do while she was boobin’ and napping?

I’ll never have guilt-free TV time like that again.

And that’s okay. I know it’s healthy to have other interests and obligations that go beyond the screen. Still, there are times when my urge to binge watch feels almost like a physical craving. I’m desperate to consume a series the way I did back in those newborn days, stuffing it in almost whole.

A stupid teen drama, preferably.

Maybe with the sound on this time.

A version of this post originally appeared on MeetOtherMums.


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23 Replies to “How crap TV got me through the newborn days”

  1. I can totally relate! I did all this with my first one, but when my second came along it was impossible! I too miss the hours of rubbish tv.

    1. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      That’s my worry about having a second one (besides all the obvious worries about having a second child) – no relaxing TV time!

  2. I really miss my tv binge watches! Now its all about law patrol and blaze none of my shows are allowed theough th day and im too tired to watch much at night! Great post! #StayClassyMama

    1. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      Me too! I can maybe watch one show before falling asleep.

  3. Crap TV has gotten me through a lot of things. I definitely watched all episodes of The Vampire Diaries near the end of my pregnancy when it got rough. You are not alone! #ablogginggoodtime

    1. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      Good to know it’s not just me! I should probably try The Vampire Diaries.

  4. For me it was reading: being awake most of the night and being able to read on my phone was fab! #StayClassyMama

  5. I can relate. But not TV. That mind numbing game of angry birds got me through the midnight feeds. 😆 #stayclassymama

  6. To be honest with you, crap TV gets me through most days these days too, never mind just the newborn days. PS. You’ve just reminded me that I need to watch Making A Murderer. I’ve heard amazing things.

    1. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      It’s really, really good. I had some mixed feelings about it once I read up on it afterwards, but it’s definitely addictive viewing.

  7. I still watch crap TV. I love those silly American shows like Gossip Girl and 90210! I’d have been lost without my box sets during those newborn days. #ABloggingGoodTime

  8. I’m three weeks into life with baby number three and loving daytime TV – Dinner Date has to be my favourite! #ablogginggoodtime

    1. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      Glad you’re enjoying it!

  9. With my first, the wrestling was on at the midnight feed, I became so addicted to it…loved it. Never watched it since tho…#Stayclassymama

    1. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      It’s weird the things you can get into when you’re sleep deprived!

  10. I feel exactly the same way. I watched every single episode of modern family, it cheered me up because those days were so so so hard. I hated it, to be honest. I know I sound terrible but I am not the type of person that sits around and breastfeeds, I think a lost it for a second! You go from working all day and going for drinks with friends at night for years and years then POOF all of a sudden you’re supposed to sit around your house and change nappies and breastfeed, it’s quite a shock to the system. But I am super happy now and sorry but I am also happy those days are over (……Until the next one hahah). Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

    1. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      It can be hard to sit around all day for sure…but I think I was too exhausted to do much of anything else in those first few months.

  11. Loved this post Hun. I got the guilt free TV time again when I had my hysterectomy. Watched every season of Game of Thrones. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

    1. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      Game of Thrones is great binge-watching material!

  12. Eee I can 100% relate to this. I started watching suits when Zara was days old and now I can’t hear the opening tune without being taken back to the nightly feeds. I also watched Louis Thereaux, Gossip Girl, House, Desperate Housewives (I had two newborns very close together lol) but my good that’s hours of my life I spent watching tv day and night. Truth be told though I loved it. Especially when I just had one sleeping baby. Oh god I would just lie there and watching back to back gossip girl. Guilt free living at its best!! #abloggingtime

    1. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      I watched a few seasons of Gossip Girl but never finished it. I’d love to have time to get back into it!

  13. I was addicted to Newly Weds with Jessica Simpson and Nick Lackey!!!! That was 10 years ago with our twins!!! This time around it was some property show from the US hosted by identical Twins the Scott brothers!!! Crap TV in newborn days…It’s a necessity! #stayclassymama 🌺

    1. Squirmy Popple says: Reply

      Oh wow – the Newlyweds show actually sounds kind of familiar! God, I’m getting old…

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