Jun
02
2011

  Tivo + Talent TV

I'm grateful that the whole reality talent-show model is still working well for network TV. There are relatively few sitcoms or other TV programs that T and I like. And the ones we do like have consistently low ratings and are frequently cancelled (we're glad NBC keeps 30 Rock on the air!). Our taste just differs from that of the mainstream audience.

But I at least like the talent shows (T is over them, he only watches occasionally, and once it's down to finalists). I only watch American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. Although I'd watch the others if I got really bored with my main ones (The Voice, America's Got Talent, etc.). I haven't seen the others, just the promos.

But since these shows are generally shown live after the audition portion of the season, I really need Tivo to be able to watch them. W is still going through some awful non-sleeping phase where we can't get him to sleep before 9:30pm. Tonight I lost patience with him and just left him in his room to cry from around 8:30 to 9pm. He stayed in his bed, but he just wouldn't stop crying. I eventually felt bad for him and went in there. But it didn't help much since he only wanted "Dada! Dada! Dada!". Sometime between 9 and 9:30 I gave up and went and got T to go in there. I didn't want to have to stay up too late to watch my TV show. But at least with Tivo, I didn't wind up missing the first half of the program, despite W's bedtime breakdown. I think T indulges him way too much at bedtime, he's always getting him more milk, lying in bed with him, etc. W asks me for all sort of things when I put him to bed, but I just tell him no, and he lets it go and instead starts crying for Dada. He knows I'm not going to be running up and down the stairs fetching things for him. I don't even like lying down in bed with him at night since I invariably wake him when I try to haul myself out of his bed. It was easier for me when I was smaller. But this whole bedtime issue is really one that T is going to have to solve. He created it, and he'll have to be the one to fix it. I'm trying my best to stay uninvolved, since T is the one who puts W to bed nine nights out of ten, and I don't intend to take over the duty at this stage of my gestation. I'm going to have another child who will need to be put to bed eight times a day on which to focus my attention. Let T focus on getting W to bed once per day. I even deal with W at naptime. T has ONE sleep-duty, and I'm not going to micro-manage him. Even if his lack of discipline is severely cutting into our adult-only time in the evenings. I just hope that this will work itself out.