Monday, 15 October 2012

Essential Mommy Skills

Before Lucas was born, I'd had very little exposure to babies. I knew I wanted to be a mom, and just assumed that most things would come pretty naturally. And while some things did happen very naturally and easily, others are, well, definitely by trial and error. I am by no means a Super-Mommy, but I have picked up a few skills to keep in my arsenal.

1. Early on with Lucas I learned to nurse him on one side while pumping the other. This is a convenient way to store up some extra bottles of milk for when you're out or you need someone else to feed him. It is also an efficient (although not modest) way of using your nursing time. So don't try this one in public!

2. It's pretty easy to change a diaper when your baby is still pretty much immobile. We could probably even change a diaper in the dark with our eyes closed and one hand behind our back. But when they start moving, it can become a little trickier. After a good 5 years of combined diaper usage so far, I think it's safe to say I've become a master at wrangling a squirmy toddler in all sorts of places, to change their diaper without hurting them or allowing them to hurt me! Oh yes, I've also managed to become a pro at changing a diaper while the toddler is standing up. (Not recommended for the poopy ones though!)

3. The ability to check on your child and attend to all their needs in the middle of the night without actually waking up or remembering. (Also known as the One-Eyed-Mama.)

4. This one took a little practice, but has already been very useful - being able to crack an egg with one hand, while holding your baby/toddler in the other hand. It is pretty amazing what you are able to do with one hand; washing dishes, cooking on the stove (without burning your little ones feet), ironing clothes (admittedly this one is pretty tough).

5. The mommy-sense of just knowing when something suspicious is going on, being able to almost magically find that favorite missing toy, and the power to cure owies with a kiss and a hug.

 6. Learning to let go, embrace the messiness of life, cherish the moments, grow in patience, kindness, love and gentleness, and be thankful for each and every day we get to pour into our kids lives. (Still working on this on those hard days, but boy, are these two ever worth it!)

What's your mommy super-power or essential skill?

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  1. I completely agree with the need to master all of those! Just stoping by from the Monday Mom Musings to say hi.

  2. I love the last picture of Lucas and Elena!

  3. It is amazing what you can manage with only one arm.

    My husband always likes to tell how at our daughter's preschool graduation our son was 1 week old and I was nursing. My husband wanted to take pictures of her getting her "diploma" so I had to nurse my son, standing up, while holding shooting video of the same moment. I even impressed myself with that one.

  4. Great list! What an enjoyable read!

    It really is amazing what moms learn to do one handed isn't it?

  5. ahaha I like Liz's comment. My newest skill has been to clean the bathroom (except the toilet) with only one hand! :) Loved the blog post Taara! :)

  6. Lol, I love LIz's comment! My newest skill has been cleaning the bathroom (except the toilet) with one hand while Kevin's on my other arm. :)

  7. I definitely have learned some of those exact same skills, though I'd love to know how you manage to change a squirmy baby's diaper. I'm no pro there. I generally call for back-up (Husband) when the wiggles get too intense. We don't iron, so thankfully that's a task I haven't needed to learn, but the egg cracking I've checked off the list. Can you wash your hands while holding a child? That's a toughie for me. Enjoyed the list, Taara and especially the kiddy pics that accompanied it. What sweet blondies you've got.


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