Let me preface this whole thing by saying: this is not something I take pride in and I don’t know why I’m writing this. I was born in 1991, putting me right in the middle of Millennial mom territory and because of that I have a need to be entertained at all moments of my existence. My poor ears do not handle silence well and so as a result of the amount of time I’ve spent alone at home with non-verbal infants I’ve binged a lot of things. Like a lot. There was also that period of time when I was you could say “super pregnant” and laid on the couch. Also, a lot. Is this some sort of subconscious mechanism that I’m using so I don’t spend my days in silence stressing about all the ways I’m maybe (probably) failing at parenting? MAYBE.
This does not exclusively include any particular medium I’ve binged shows, books, podcasts… anything in excess to fill gaps/background in my day. TV and podcasts are great because they can be on in the background during the day – books have, unfortunately, gone the way of the dodo bird ever since the twins stopped napping for longer than 45 minutes at a time. Early days when we had multi-hour naps that was right in my book sweet spot.
Anyways, I digress, here are (some of) the things I’ve binged since becoming pregnant to present day. With any luck another mom can fill some space in her life with some of these (but probably not because you’re a stable human).
**These are in no particular chronological or preference order**
**Our boys are now 10.5 months old and I was pregnant for 9 months (duh) so this is over the course of nearly 2 years – and yes, this is me trying to justify myself.**
Life in Pieces – this show is phenomenally funny and super relatable I really think for anyone at any stage of life.
The Good Place – Brilliant. One of the most unique story lines I’ve seen in a show in quite a while!
Making a Murderer (1 & 2) – I mean he’s innocent right?
The Staircase – This caused a near relationship ending fight with my sister. He clearly did it & I will not be taking questions on this stance.
Friends – A classic, also there’s 100000000 episodes so it’s perfect background noise.
The Office – Tried & True. I’ve watched this show in it’s entirety I think at least 9 times, to the point where Derek has had to limit the number of times I’m allowed to restart it per year.
Every stand up comedian special – Nate Bergatze is my current favourite but that changes often.
Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour Live – Probably 10 times. Fight me.
Breaking Bad – Arguably one of the best written shows beginning to end. Bryan Cranston just really does it for me.
This Is Us – Honestly only got through season 1. I can’t for the life of me figure out why people want to watch a show that’s entire nature is to make you feel sad. Over it.
Suits – I needed to make sure Meghan Markle exhibited royalty behaviour in her professional career. She did not.
Shark Tank & Dragon’s Den – I legitimately cannot get enough of either and I get increasingly indignant towards every participant the more I watch. Your bacon alarm clock idea is trash Gary – GET LOST.
Every single thing Gordon Ramsay has ever done – literally.
The Great British Bakeoff – Legitimately makes me cry happy tears every single season. I get so emotionally invested. It also without fail makes me think I can bake and I prove to myself time and time again that I, in fact, can’t.
My Favorite Murder – I’ve been listening to this podcast since episode 3 came out, now I think everyone listens so it really isn’t that shocking. It does make it easier though that I now don’t have to explain that I listen to a comedy podcast that’s about murder and get as many awkward stares. *I did take a break from it while pregnant because I was concerned listening to too many gruesome murder stories was bad for my unborn children* (HA)
Dirty John – This is now a Netflix docu-series too but I listened to the podcast first. I’m a HUGE Connie Britton fan and she did an amazing job but the podcast was very well done, plus hearing the real story from the actual victims is always a wild ride.
The Dropout – I went through a massive (and I mean massive) obsession with Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. If you don’t know what any of those things are I truly encourage the rabbit hole you’ll fall down, it’s crazy.
Joe Rogan Experience – Always. Plus if you need to kill 5 hours of silence this is where to go.
Armchair Expert with Dax Shepherd – Honestly just a great lighthearted podcast.
The Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell – I truly think Malcolm Gladwell is one of the greatest minds we’ve been graced with and this is such a fascinating concept for a podcast. Plus his voice is entrancing.
This is where I really fell down some rabbit holes and honestly some of them….yikes.
I watched probably 10 channels about people that have Dissociative Identity Disorder. What. A. Trip.
Shane Dawson – I was about 10 years late to this party but his series are so well done.
Anything on “The Cut” channel. Really fascinating human experiments that are just incredibly fun to watch.
Also anything on the channel “First We Feast”. Their Hot Ones series is maybe the greatest interview show I’ve ever seen.
I watched a lot (a LOT) of those games they make guests play on late night shows? Not my best moment but entertaining as hell.
Honest Trailers – OH man when I was up pumping or nursing at night these are what got me through. They’re so hilarious it made the fact that I was awake at 3am far more tolerable.
All of the cringe compilations I could find.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – Hands down one of the most fun books I’ve read in a long time. So twisty and well written 10/10 recommend.
The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbo – Also a well written page turner (what am I a book reviewer).
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes – This book was a mind bender. It definitely had some scary elements but man it locked me in so early and I crushed it in I think 3 days tops.
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou – This was the peak of my Theranos/Elizabeth Holmes obsession. It’s a book clearly written by an investigative journalist and it tells the story so comprehensively and well. Also crushed this one.
I’ll be gone in the dark by Michelle McNamara – The fact that this is a true crime novel written by someone who just had a fascination and an interest and it ended up playing a pivotal role in actually catching the Golden State Killer is crazy. A wild & well written book and even though it’s non-fiction it reads like a twisty fiction novel – I loved it.