I look at this arrangement of pictures every day and realize that I have given birth to one shy of a basketball team, but on a moment by moment basis I don't feel like I have that many children. Well, Friday was my initiation into the public world with 4 children in tow.
After leaving the Dr. office we took the long route to Hot Desks (because we were early) and waited a few minutes in the car for Jeremy arrive. We ate our packed lunches at Hot Desks (a cooperative working space where Jeremy works). There were a few people there working. The children sat quietly at a table and ate their lunches. Isaiah slept. There was no running around craziness.
After lunch Josiah stayed with Jeremy while Aliza, Anna, Isaiah and I went to see the Nutcracker Ballet. We sat in a section with other homeschooling families. This provided a measure of comfort because most homeschooling families have at least a couple kids and generally don't mind a baby and a preschooler beside them. Thankfully, this was true on Friday. Isaiah slept and only fussed for a couple minutes after intermission. Anna got up and down out of her *squeaky* seat a lot. For a decent amount of time I had Isaiah in one arm and Anna on the other leg. Aliza loved the ballet. It was great. I'd do it again.
When we got home I was tired, but incredibly pumped. I did it! Mama of four...6 hours in public...no embarrassing meltdowns (this time)...even some happy Nutcracker memories to stash away.