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The Definition of Insanity - Karen's Musings
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The Definition of Insanity
Albert Einstein once said, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". This is the definition that I've been working with for most of my adult life. But today, I discovered the true definition of insanity. Seth was working and I was home alone with five kids.

Five kids.


Eight hours alone with five needy kids is not my idea of restful. I adore my kids, but with Tobie at this age where I can't put her down much, it's very difficult to spend a whole day with them without any help. Keeping them entertained is a bit of a struggle, since they're all at different levels and have different interests. So I did something that can only be defined as insane. I packed everyone up and took them to Target and then out to lunch. By myself.

Frankly, I'm proud of myself. I generally live in fear of being out with all five of them without any adult backup. I love my kids, but there's only one of me. I worry about one of them running across the parking lot, one of them breaking something in the store, one of them melting down while all my hands are tied up with other kids. I don't like cooping them up in the house all day - it's important to get them out and enjoy the world. So it's important for me to overcome my own fear about taking them out.

Since I needed some clothes for the girls, and everyone needed shoes, and J was desperate to spend his allowance on crap (a.k.a. Bakugan), Target seemed the logical choice. But by the time we got ourselves together to get out of the house (First I made breakfast* and then got everyone dressed, then Tobie had to eat, everyone needed to get shoes on, then everyone needed diapers again, etc.), it was almost 11am, so I knew that we'd need to get something to eat while we were out or I'd be facing four very grumpy children. Five kids in a restaurant. By myself. Truly insane.

And yet? It all got pulled off without a hitch. J pushed the stroller so that I could navigate the store with the triplets and a cart. No one broke anything. They weren't fighting me for stuff I didn't want to buy them. No one was fighting. We even survived lunch with no scars.

We came home and I attempted to get the triplets to nap (hah!) while I fed Tobie. The triplets didn't nap (they destroyed their room, instead), but J fell asleep on the couch (score!). And finally, Seth came home from work. I fed Tobie again and we piled everyone back in the car and drove to Costco, where we spent far too much money, but it was entirely necessary, as we had almost literally no food left in the house. Our coffers were bare and it was time to re-stock. So re-stock we did!

It was a productive day. I like productive days. I feel so accomplished and competent when we can accomplish stuff in the midst of parenting five kids. We got laundry done, several loads of dishes, some cleaning, some good quality time with the kiddos, I rearranged the triplets' bedroom furniture, and still managed to keep Tobie happy most of the day. All in all, the day was a success!

* Breakfast just for the kids (Seth wasn't home and I wasn't eating) took thirteen eggs, 8 pieces of toast and nearly an entire stick of butter. And I wonder why we need to shop at Costco!
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ailsaek From: ailsaek Date: August 2nd, 2010 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Wow, sounds like quite a day. Congratulations on carrying it off so well.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 3rd, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I expected it to be a much bigger disaster. I'm pretty proud of the fact that it didn't fall apart at any point. Not even a meltdown in Costco.
yeishlitikvah From: yeishlitikvah Date: August 2nd, 2010 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow you are superwoman! I'm exhausted listening to your day.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 3rd, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not superwoman, but I was pretty proud of myself.
From: atimesif Date: August 2nd, 2010 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm impressed.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 3rd, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I was just glad the day didn't fall apart completely.
aliza817 From: aliza817 Date: August 2nd, 2010 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm in awe of you! I'm terrified to take all my kids out by myself!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 3rd, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's something I'm trying to get over. I hate being cooped up in the house with them all the time. It is much better to get them out having fun.
buildin_a_bayis From: buildin_a_bayis Date: August 2nd, 2010 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
amazing. i always feel like superwoman when I go places myself with the kids and everything turns out fine -- and i only have two! Go you!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 3rd, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I *was* pretty proud of myself. Particularly for surviving lunch with them by myself. :)
thefourthvine From: thefourthvine Date: August 2nd, 2010 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
The keywords for this icon are "women are super." I believe this applies to you!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 3rd, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
hap_e From: hap_e Date: August 3rd, 2010 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
. . . . no comments!
You are GREAT!

ps: i got a complement this weekend after taking the trips to McDonalds by myself that "you make things look easy", but I am just fascinated how you do that with 2 hands, 5 kids and 10 tiny-paws that grab and destroy everything!

Also, I noticed, kids behave MUCH better when there is only one adult with them. No drama, no screams - total understanding of the situation!

13 eggs?
8 pcs of toasts?

we are not yet there . . . . but gallon of milk a day - YES!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 3rd, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Triplet moms always make it look easy. We have to, or we'd go crazy. :) Fortunately, our kids are pretty well behaved, particularly out of the house.

Yep - 13 eggs, 8 pieces of toast. We don't go through a gallon of milk a day anymore... but we used to. Now it takes a couple days to go through a gallon milk, but it's STILL a lot of milk to buy at Costco!
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 3rd, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
kalki From: kalki Date: August 3rd, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are superwoman :) I feel accomplished when I do it with two!
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