Jack of all trades

Posted on: June 29, 2011

Webster’s Dictionary defines “multitasking” as “The performance of multiple tasks at one time”.  However, I think the definition for “multitasking” should read, “Being a mom”. 

This past Sunday and Monday, my little guy woke up about an hour earlier than usual and was miserable.  He is currently teething and woke up crying in pain and chewing on his fingers.  This was a lot worse than usual.  I hadn’t seen him this miserable before.  Tylenol quickly became our friend. 

Since he woke up really early, this changed our morning routine.   Normally, he is in a good mood when he wakes up, even when he wakes up early, so I plop him in his swing while I shower and get ready in the bathroom.  This time, he was not having it.  I put him in the swing and he immediately began to cry and looked at me with an expression on his face that said, “I’m in pain mommy!  How dare you set me down”.  So, I picked him back up and proceeded to try to get ready while holding him. As you can imagine, it was not very easy holding a baby and trying to put on makeup, do my hair, and brush my teeth at the same time.  Yet, somehow, I managed to do it. 

I’ve always considered myself a pretty good mulittasker since the nature of my jobs have required me to be so.  But “Mom” multitasking is on a level all its own.  It’s like, once you become a parent, you automatically gain these multitasking powers that enable you to do almost anything while holding a baby.  You learn how to do things with one hand and how to become ambidextrous.  You can do things like pump milk, cook dinner, entertain the baby, and feed your pet all at the same time without even flinching.   Some days I wish I could say “Go, go Gadget arms!”  and two extra arms would pop out and help me complete all the tasks I need done.  Hmm…maybe I can have Data help me figure out the arms….Then again, maybe not.  Well, in the meantime, I figure out how to make do with the two I’ve got. 

I’m telling you, being a mom is like being a super hero.  And, even though you don’t literally have those Inspector Gadget arms, you walk around like you do. 

To all you moms out there, you are an AMAZING SUPER HERO!  Don’t let anyone ever tell you different.

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