If you’ve seen Napoleon Dynamite that’s funny, if not, I feel bad for you.
As I was watching another mom walk along texting while pushing a stroller, I was thinking that I wouldn’t have been able to do this before blackberries and facebook and blogging and cable and all of the things that make being a stay at home mom so much less isolating and so much more convenient.
When Brady was very small I kept in touch with everyone, including my husband, via email. It was easier to type while holding a sleeping baby than to talk on the phone and it made me feel as if I wasn’t all alone. Once I got my Blackberry I no longer had to be alone at Starbucks, or the park, or the grocery store, or anywhere else.
I started this blog as way of keeping my brain working when the most challenging this I was doing mentally was to
figure out the best way to take a walk while the baby was napping in order to maximize my errand running for the day. It made me feel halfway intelligent and useful again.
Cable television is a wonder that beats all other wonders. How else could I have gotten through days of holding and nursing a newborn on the couch. When I think that my mother had to get up to change to one of the 12 channels she had to choose from when she was home with me, it makes me shudder. Plus DVR allows me to watch whatever I want whenever I want and to record Brady’s favorite shows so that he can see them when it’s convenient to me, ie while making dinner, cleaning up, emailing for work, etc.
And Facebook has really been so wonderful. I’ve gotten back in touch with so many girls from my past – even from grade school – who are now moms. Although we can’t see each other in person, I’ve rekindled some of those friendships in a new and really meaningful way.
I just don’t think I would have been able to do this without being able to use all these technological advances to stay in touch with the outside world. I am so grateful that I had my baby in 2007 and not in 1907. Imagine that? No breastpumps, no disposable diapers, no epidurals!!! And most of all NO in-home entertainment!!!! (other than reading of course, which I love)