It went pretty well! I remember my first day by myself with Ryan and Morgan and it seemed so stressful and interminable. Really. And the same goes for my first day alone with just Ryan. I guess there's a point where additional kids don't add that much extra work/stress/craziness. Law of Diminishing Returns, possibly. I can see now how much easier little babies can be--and it's so funny to me, because I was beyond overwhelmed with just Mr. Ryan (newbie mom plus kind of a fussy baby combo).
Terribly small babies are time consuming, and there are some logistical issues since M still needs assistance in the bathroom, etc. But Sean is (so far) a very chill kind of guy (diaper changes excepted), and I've been able to put him down for a few minutes to help an older child without too much protestation. (Again--so far--by the third time, you understand how likely things like that are to change on a dime.)
We've been watching the John Adams miniseries in the late evenings (seen the first 3 parts) and wow, it's great! The acting is very compelling. Even though I've read the book (years ago), I have forgotten some details here and there, so I can't wait to find out how it ends (ha ha)! Last night, we discovered the feature that adds in little tidbits of information in a pop up window while the action is going on. Just like Pop Up Video that used to play on VH1. Very interesting.
I read John and Abigail Adams' letters in an American Lit class back in college--I think I read them for two lit classes, actually. I remember being very inspired by both of them. And now I am re-inspired by Abigail in particular these days. Really, how I can compare being at home alone with three little ones when we have television and dishwashers and plenty of food and no Redcoats nearby! And my husband is not off in Congress (thank the gods) or in France or anything either. So I think I'll just remember Abigail Adams whenever things get crazy or stressful around here.
Watching that show makes me very thankful for all they (and the other Founders, famous and obscure) did to make it possible for my life to be happy. The episode last night had one of my favorite quotations from John Adams, which I think is very pertinent, considering how I started out this post:
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. --John Adams