Netflix Zombies

As new parents might expect, having a little one changes things quite a bit. Well, quite a lot, since there’s the matter of there being a new human in the home who is completely dependent on you. And that child is basically a puke-diarrhea-pee factory who is also the most precious thing on the face of the earth — so you might not mind too much when some of those bodily fluids land on you, or in your mouth (all three categories, both kids — pretty sure a FML was appropriate).

Pre-kids, my husband and I had so much fun together. Sometimes we’d go away for the weekend, but mostly we had our fun hanging out, having deep talks, playing softball, playing chess and card games or video games, having some drinks, and going to football games (and having even more drinks). Typical newlyweds-without-kids stuff.

Now things are different. I know we could still do all of those things. Maybe not the drinking on a regular basis (well, definitely not, because hitting 30 apparently means you get all the heartburn galore from a single drink), but the chess and card games and video games — sure, we could. But we usually don’t. When 10:00 comes, and the last kid is finally down for the night (or, in the case of the toddler, for a few hours), we’ve got about an hour and a half together before my husband lies down. That time is usually spent zoning out to TV because we’re just so damn tired. We do have our dates nights, but half of those are spent getting pizza and watching something on Netflix because, again, tired.

This will change as the kids get older and more independent, but for now, that’s life, and you’ve gotta find the funny in life.

And that brings us to today’s doodle —

Can y’all relate?

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Author: Erika

Iā€™m a SAHM to two kids. When Iā€™m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

31 thoughts on “Netflix Zombies”

  1. I’ve forgotten whole episodes from Netflix watching due to tiredness and as they (and you) get older your need for bedtime gets earlier (not always practical) but… oh that joyous of days when they leave home šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚ I mean I’m now missing whole series of Netflix, worn down by worrying about them but… there must be an upside šŸ˜‰

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      1. Noooo!!! Well…honestly?
        No. All a kid needs is time and love (probably a little food and water too) so as they get older they get easier. šŸ™‚
        It’s the worry that gets you šŸ˜‰

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  2. The good news is the baby will start to sleep through the night. The bad news is, as they get older, the exhaustion gets worse. You worry about what happened to them in school. You worry about the fact that their bff’s abandoned them. You worry when they’re late or when they don’t go out at all because of that bff situation. Then they finally leave home and, instead of thinking that you can go back to wild nights of games and drinking, you realize you have started saying “Who the heck could be calling at THIS hour?” and it’s 9 p.m.

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    1. She’s almost 3 and usually sleeps through the night, but she’s been on that phase lately where she wakes up at 1:00 or 2:00 and doesn’t go back to sleep until 4:00. Whew. Parenting is a never ending anxiety fest.

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      1. My 3 year old grandson calls his daddy and mommy in the middle of the night. His room is upstairs over their room. They walk across the house, up the stairs, back across the house so he can tell them “I woked up.”

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  3. We are pretty lazy at night, too. I always have a long list of things to do, but usually I waste time on the internet. My husband plays video games or reads. We do watch TV together, but recently started doing puzzles and playing games together – it makes conversation at least!

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  4. Absolutely!!! (We’re currently binging Sons of Anarchy on Netflix, and can do 1-3 episodes in a night, depending on what time Dom falls asleep and we go to bed). We’re way too tired to do anything else (when we both work full time and he also works some Saturdays, we take the little things!)

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  5. My sons are 18 and 20 years old, they drive, they have jobs, they are pretty busy guys – but they haven’t abandoned me, I am still blessed with mounds and mounds of laundry, and still cook their dinners. I am sure most people will say why don’t they do their own stinking laundry and cook their own dinners, but I am not sure what I would do with all that spare time. I sit around and wonder where they are, and if they are okay. I miss knowing that they are at home, freshly bathed and tucked into their beds, safe and sound (like when they were little). Now it is more mentally exhausting, because the problems that arise are bigger, I have less control over protecting them. My youngest just drove away to go snowboarding in the mountains for the day, and I have already played at least 3 scenarios in my mind about car accidents, snowboarding accidents, avalanche and he has been gone about 15 minutes.
    PS. We are presently binge-watching “The Amazing Race”.


  6. Totally can relate! My wife and I spend that hour scrolling through Netflix as Zombies trying to find something we feel like watching and then just wind up going to bed! As parents of a 4 and 7 year old the only real change is the scrolling is now interupted by requests for water or cuddles instead of crying and diaper changes.

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    1. Haha! Sometimes we are set on auto-scroll, too. Funny how there are so many options and how hard it can be to find something at times.


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