In high school I was a member of The Boy Scouts of America Explorer Cadet Program, where part of our membership required monthly ride-alongs with our local law enforcement. It was here that I initially put all my multitasking skills to use. Being aware of my surroundings, recalling all my self-defense training at the drop of a hat when a local thug approached me with a baseball bat, writing down notes referencing the everyday workings of the local law enforcement, and hopefully remembering what the word was for each letter in the alphabet when the time came to call in a license plate all came from my profound ability to multitask!
Years later I would find out that while the Explorer Cadets helped polish my skills, nothing material in this world could prepare me for motherhood! It started with nursing while going to the bathroom, and for all those men and women that don’t have kids, its not as easy as one would think! Next came driving down the road with a 6 month old that would continually throw a bottle, toy, or blanket off of them and then scream until it was returned to them… your only option would be either pull over and retrieve the item (only to have it thrown again within 2 minutes) or focus all thoughts on the various distractions of the road with a screaming baby in the back seat.
Since becoming pregnant with my second bundle of joy, my life seems to have tripled with opportunities to multitask (soooo not joking!). Some things have proven to be really easy with the pregnancy, like potty training. I know what your thinking, but with an overactive bladder and a little girl that demands being “just like mommy” it has been relatively easy running to the bathroom every hour with a two year old right on your heels! On the flip side though, it is almost the hardest thing in the world to carry a sleeping 30 lb two year old, a 5 lb purse, a 2 lb backpack, her favorite baby doll Emma in her bassinet type carrier, baby Emma’s stroller, and my 6 month pregnant belly up three flights of stairs! The reason I say it is almost the hardest thing though is because this morning I achieved a whole new level of multitasking. Almost every woman who has been pregnant will tell you that at some point during the pregnancy, we tend to let ourselves go. This is the time for all you fathers out there to open up the checkbook and invest in a spa day for your beautiful (even if she’s covered in hair) soon to be mommy. I am proud to admit that I have reached that point in my pregnancy! It had been approximately 3 weeks since I last shaved my legs, and my brother-in-law was beginning to feel extremely jealous having lost his status as the hairiest mammal in the house… So, I woke up determined to take a shower and actually take the additional 30 minutes I knew was inevitable to shave my legs. After taking a look at my baby girl, I realized that I was not the only one in need of a bath. With pregnancy brain in full use, I completely forgot that it might not be the easiest thing to shave my legs with a two year old accompanying me in our standard size bathtub, but with a determined mind I set forth on what I quickly found an almost impossible task. It quickly occurred to me that I have difficulty seeing my feet, let alone propping one up on the side of the tub and stretching to shave one leg! Add to the equation a two year old that is dedicated to creating a rainbow on the shower wall with the soap on your leg, and all I was thinking was “thank god there is no hidden camera in here!”. In case your wondering I did accomplish my goal, but we won’t discuss how long it took me…
So, to all mommies out there, keep your head held high because even if we are hairier than the hairiest man in our home, we can proudly defend the fact that we are the worlds best multi-taskers!