I know that it's a total stereotype that a SAHM sits around all day and does nothing but watch soap operas. We all know that isn't true, however I am not going to lie. I have always been an ABC daytime fan. I was devastated when the shows were canceled almost 2 years ago. If it wasn't for One Life to Live, I am not sure how those nighttime nursing sessions would have gone. I would DVR the show and watch it while I nursed my girls as night. Having the soaps as an "escape" daily really helped me with my postpartum and I honestly just enjoyed them.
Yesterday, after a 2 year long fan outcry and movement that I was involved in, there was good news. All My Children began production again in Stamford, CT. One Life to Live is scheduled to begin again on March 11. This is very good news for me. Even though the format has changed, and the delivery of the shows will be online I am thrilled.
I can't wait to see what is going on in the lives of my friends in Pine Valley and Llanview. It sounds silly but I moved from Jersey to Illinois and three weeks after we got to Illinois I found out I was pregnant. It's not easy to make friends in a new city and with a newborn it's even harder. Then I was almost instantly pregnant again (Irish Twins are like that). So now not only did I have one infant I had another on the way. I used my friends in Pine Valley and Llanview and it helped me to get through a very long pregnancy (it feels like I was pregnant for 2 years which I kinda was).
Not having a huge amount of friends or my family around me as a new mom, I had my soaps. I had 2 hours a day where I could escape and feel apart of something. It gave me something to talk about besides my kids. It kept me close to my family because they all watched the shows also. It was a link to a world that wasn't just about being a mom for me.
My girls are January babies so we were pretty much on lockdown for the first 3 months because of the weather and the fact that it's flu season. I only left the house to go to postpartum appointments and the kids checkups. These shows were such a godsend to me. I used that time to straighten up the house I used it to nurse my babies. I used it to just relax and get out of my head. I spent so much time worrying about everything that I could be doing wrong, but when I watched my shows all that went out of my head. I immersed myself in the lives of these people. They always had more drama than me, and it was fun to watch.
So I just wanted to take a minute and congratulate that cast and crews of both All My Children and One Life to Live and tell them that I can't wait to see them all back on my screen (even if it's only my computer screen) as soon as possible. I also wanted to congratulate those that worked tirelessly behind the scenes and fought to get these shows back in production! Long live Pine Valley and Llanview!