Tuesday, July 08, 2008

On My Own

Yesterday was our first official "back to normal" day, where Brendan went to the office and I stayed here with the three, count 'em THREE, children.

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


LB said...

Oh, the parallels! Since the 4th, we've been watching the John Adams miniseries and are finished with part 3 (the same we got to see on free HBO weekend) too! When we last saw John, he was in dire straits. I hope to watch more tonight.

Okay, we still have no baby head to smell, but we're are really, really happy with miniseries (was yours a Costco purchase, too?).

We took the time on the fourth and watched 1776: The Musical. I never get tired of that movie, particularly the singing and dancing founders in "Mr. Adams, Dear Mr. Adams". Good stuff.

Thanks for telling me about the Pop Up Video feature. I'm going to have to check that out.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Congrats on more than getting through the first day solo!

I do remember the first days alone with my first. The Chem Geek Princess was tireless (never napped) and needed constant stimulation (fussy) and that was before she got colic!

N. was the poster child for easy baby, thank goodness. I never had the good fortune to have a third...

Mrs. C said...

I'm impressed!! Three is a hard number to adjust to. Actually, four is an easier number once you're done with three. Really.

Sean sounds like such a sweetie. I love his little pic in the sidebar. It's going to be so fun when the children are able to all play together! Congrats again!

Rational Jenn said...

LB--Did you see episode 4 last night? We saw it--the scene with King George was good (won't say anything more in case you didn't see it). And 1776! Love that song, too.

EHL--thanks! Now I know that the Chemistry Geek Princess is successful and beautiful, so that gives me hope that we (Ryan and I) will weather his early days, and the days to come, just fine! Sean and Morgan have--so far!--been much more relaxed. I expect they're saving it up for the teen years.

Mrs C--thanks for the well wishes! Hope things are well with you! And yes, I can't wait until Sean can interact with the other two. It will be veeeerrrrry interesting. :o)

LB said...

We did and that scene was terrific!

Not even memories of Mr. Collins (P&P, 2005) could lessen its impact.