In which we finally discover Frozen, aka the new mum’s sanity saver

November 14, 2014


(Winter is coming…)

Guys, we’ve just watched this film, Frozen, have you heard of it? Probably not. It’s about…oh wait, what do you mean everyone’s already seen it?

We’d initially skated around Frozen, I have to admit, as I thought it would be too pink and princessy. But everyone I know recommended the film and it seemed to creep into our lives anyway. “Sing Let it Go, Mummy!” E asked me regularly after learning a dance routine to it at nursery. Several times when I was heavily pregnant and exhausted I very nearly thawed.

But when Florence was only a few days old, it was raining, and we were shut in the living room due to having our radiators replaced (no euphemism, just bad timing). Alex and I finally warmed to the idea and he went out to buy the DVD to avoid a case of toddler stir-craziness.

Once it was playing I kept half an eye on it in that knackered new mum way of semi-concentrating on everything and nothing. Here were my initial thoughts (this could totally have been a Guardian live blog);

* I’m just going to lie down on the sofa with the baby while it’s on
* How do I know all the songs already?
* Eliza’s loving it
* I’m just going to rest my eyes
* Nooooo!
* Aaaah
* Is it really over already?!

But what about my toddler? She was entranced, and it seems to have captivated her in a way that nothing has before. We’ve watched it most days since. It’s the basis for our frosty web of bedtime stories. We play the soundtrack on Spotify constantly and dance around the living room. Even Alex knows all the lyrics now.

But it’s been useful in many other ways. For Eliza the new big sibling, there’s seeing the sisterly bond on screen. ‘Arnar’ and Elsa role play is her favourite game…with occasional hiccups (me, today: “Can Florence be Anna or Elsa?” Eliza: “She can be Olaf”). And it also seems appropriate, considering all the things I’ve let go recently: cleaning, replying to emails, my strict ban on watching films in the day…

But when you have a toddler who has the two usual settings – 800 mph and sleep – it can be pretty exhausting at normal times. Even the midwife who came to check on Florence was a fan “You just had a baby!” She said. “Get your rest where you can.”

So thanks, Frozen. You can get snotty about screen time, but you seriously can’t put a price on peace when there’s a newborn in the house. Now, what else was I wrong about?


  • Carie

    November 14, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Frozen is awesome – we had to get Kitty a new copy because the first one was so ‘loved’ that it got scratched and started jumping – definitely a hit around here!

    1. gillian

      November 19, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      I’m surprised that’s not happened to ours yet! The amount of times I’ve wiped grubby finger marks off it…

  • The Reading Residence

    November 14, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Oh, we love Frozen! Both of mine like it and can sing along to all of the songs! And yes, make use of it!

  • Kathryn (@KatGotTheCream)

    November 14, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    We only discovered it a couple of months ago and it’s on every week now plus the kids like to listen to the soundtrack in the car ALL THE TIME. All 3 of them love it, including our 8 yr old Charlie! 🙂

  • Andy

    November 14, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Our little one can only say a few words so far, green, blue, mumma, dadda – that sort of thing…

    Yet she can clearly sing the tune of “Let it go”.

  • laura redburn

    November 14, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    i feel like i’m the only person on earth that doesn’t like this film!

  • Laura

    November 16, 2014 at 1:00 am

    I have to admit we didn’t watch it either until fairly recently and the little man was sick with a bad cold and thought now would be a good a time as ever – have to say I pretty enjoyed it as well 🙂

    Laura x

  • Adele @ Circus Queen

    November 16, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I’d love to watch Frozen but haven’t approached it yet because I think it might scare Talitha, actually. She’s so sensitive to the slightest bit of peril!

  • Mummy’s to do list

    November 17, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Definitely been an increase in screen time at ours since number two arrived. Sometimes it’s the only way the poor little man can get fed in peace! Husband has a major aversion to all things Disney though so have yet to succumb to the lure of Frozen. Sure it’s only a matter of time!

  • Paula

    November 18, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I love Frozen (and all things Disney) and can’t wait to share them with my little girl! I’m due to become a first time Mom in February and have been lurking around your blog for the past few months now. It’s really encouraging to read the experiences of another UK based Mommy – following both your first time around with little Eliza and now with baby Florence. Thank you!

    1. gillian

      November 18, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Hello and huge congratulations! How are you feeling? Such an exciting time. And thank you so much for reading, it means so much (it’s made me feel really emotional! Hormones :-)) xx

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