The Ordinary Moments is a chance to celebrate the little things that happen in your day to day life, the normal things. When blogging we tend to focus on the big milestones but the small, ordinary things are just as special and important.
LP has never been a huge fan of the TV. Since she was small we’ve always had TV or music on in the background and I think because of this she’s never been very interested in it. Having said that, we’d usually have ‘normal’ grown up TV on rather than children’s programmes so it definitely wasn’t interesting for her!
Even though LP wasn’t that interested in TV I still didn’t like to have it on all day – we’d have the TV on for an hour or so and then I’d turn it off so that LP didn’t see it as a constant factor – I wanted her to grow up knowing that life without TV was ok!
LP was poorly a couple of weeks ago and so we decided to introduce her to Disney. Walt Disney. Not just something for childhood – Dave and I love Disney movies just as much as the next person! So the three of us snuggled on the sofa, under a blanket and watched Up. LP loved it. It was probably partly because she wasn’t well but also partly it had talking dogs in it – and LP loves dogs – but LP stayed still and quiet for nearly the whole movie. It’s the longest that she has ever been engrossed in anything.
After this we decided to start trying LP with different TV shows to see what she’d like. She isn’t that bothered by Peppa Pig like most 2 year olds, but there is one huge love in LP’s life at the moment, one thing that will stop her in her tracks like nothing else.
For anyone that doesn’t know Curious George, he’s a monkey. A very cute monkey that very strangely doesn’t have a tail! Monkeys are LP’s favourite things and I think George is her most favourite of them all!
Over the last couple of weeks I have come to realise that if I put one instalment of Curious George on the TV – 25 minutes and a total of 3 episodes – LP will sit still and watch the whole thing, totally engrossed. She will only come out of her George-induced-trance when the end credits come on and she’s immediately shout ‘Meeee-Meeeee Meeeeee-Meeeeeeeeeee – More!!’.
Having this 25 minute period where I know I can trust her to stay put in front of the TV is amazing as a Mummy. Any other Mummy can relate to the fact that knowing you have a specific time slow – be it a half hour or hour nap time or 25 mins in front of the TV, you can get so much done! LP and I now have a trade off. Once a day, while Little Man has his half hour nap I put Curious George on the TV. LP smiles a huge beam of a smile, claps her hands and shouts ‘Yay!!’ in sheer delight.
Her 25 minutes of unbridled happiness let’s me put some washing on, stick dinner in the slow cooker, have a tidy up and maybe even make a nice cup of tea.
Everyone’s happy in this 25 minute ordinary moment.