As I was preparing for the birth of my second child, I looked forward to many things that I knew would come in the newborn stage: Seeing what she looked like for the first time. Snuggling with her while caressing that baby-soft hair. Wearing her in a carrier while playing with her big brother. And having the excuse to binge watch my favorite shows during marathon nursing sessions. (As luck would have it, the second season of Stranger Things came out two days after she was born. ?)
Apparently the latter is something I have in common with Jessica Alba—who recently shared a sweet picture of baby Hayes Warren along with a caption about their TV-viewing habits.
“Tuesdays/all the days w my Hayes #chillin watching @graceandfrankie,” the third-time mama says. “I’m on season 4 and I don’t want it to end ? #bingewatching #graceandfrankie#lovethisshow #newbornmom”
They say the magic of television is its ability to transport you to another time and place. That’s especially true for many mamas... Although it isn’t Westeros we’re transporting to—it’s another time in our own lives.
For me, the mention of Project Runway will forever make me think of the worn leather chair in our basement family room and the many, many hours I spent sitting there with my first baby.
Looking back on it, how do I feel about the fact some of the earliest conversations my child heard were about “making it work” and shopping trips to Mood? Absolutely content—because the real beauty of Project Runway was that I didn’t have to stay too focused through the episodes, which gave me plenty of time to get lost in my thoughts about the amazing baby sleeping on my chest.
Soon enough, the available episodes came to an end and we happily reemerged from hibernation. But, until that time comes, any new mama should give herself full permission to enjoy a TV binge—even if you’re the founder of a multi-million dollar company like Alba.