I have always been the type to have something on while I am home, whether it be the TV, radio, etc. Even when writing a 20 page research paper I needed the TV on. And to be perfectly honest, that is how I have remained, even with a little one in the house. Lately I know it has been getting a bit out of control because Lilly always wants the television on now. What it came down to was that I needed Lilly to be able to watch a show or two so that I could get dinner ready after getting home from a full work day. And when she is not feeling well, we let her watch her favorite Little Bear because it always makes her happy. I know, I know, it sounds like I am making excuses, and maybe I am.
However, summer is here and I am home with Lilly for two months, minus a few days here and there. I have formulated a plan of sorts. My plan is to let her watch some, Sesame Street or the like, in the morning while we eat breakfast. Let's face it, I am not at my best until I am a little awake and have imbibed some coffee. Additionally, I am planning on doing some early morning chores that I have generally left for later in the day. So if I can unload the dishwasher, etc. while making aforementioned coffee, I will be ahead of the game.
Then during the witching hour we might put on a little Fresh Beat Band or Yo Gabba Gabba. That is when I can get dinner started. Obviously things might change based on weather or if she gets sick (please don't get sick!) or if I just need a little break!
You might be asking what prompted this. Lilly and I came downstairs this evening after we had been putting away laundry. Vinnie had gone to pick up the pizza and the TV was not on. Today was a beautiful day in the Northeast and I had the windows open to let in the fabulous breezes. Lilly sat at the coffee table with some markers and a coloring book and all of a sudden I heard it. The silence. I have become so accustomed to background noise that its absence was just delightful. I realized in that moment that I wanted to cut down on my need for the TV and radio. I will keep you all updated on how I am doing with this new undertaking. I think I will find a lot more time to get stuff done!