Everyone knows the saying, “when you have a baby, everything changes”, but some of us never new the real super powers us Moms have to quickly learn in order to survive the everyday chaos we call life.
Aside from having mental capabilities to withstand countless sleepless nights in a row, channeling your inner Momma bear to ward off the unwelcomed that come in near vicinity of your child, and enduring meals consisting of only cereal and eggs when you have a sick child and cannot make it to the grocery, the super power of using only one hand to accomplish the every day tasks we often take for granted outshine them all.
I asked a group of Mothers in all stages of their parenting life what they could do one-handed since becoming a mother, and here are their answers:
Typing (currently doing)
Cooking dinner, or any meal for that matter
Cracking an egg (I’ve learned this with baby #3 and it’s been a lifesaver!)
Loading and unloading the dishwasher
Loading and unloading the washer & dryer
Carrying 10 bags of groceries
Take a shower
Blow dry your hair
Flat iron your hair
Washing your face
Putting on pants
Pour a glass of wine
Make a pot of coffee
Make another pot of coffee
Pumping breast milk while nursing on the other side (thankful I’ve only done this a few times)
Putting on pants
Pulling down pants, going to the bathroom, pulling up pants, and washing hands (yes, it’s about as complicated as it sounds)
And if you didn’t think that was impressive enough, then try doing all of these tasks while using your feet to pick up toys off the floor before you trip over them.
If you’d rather not experience all of these things on a daily basis while child-rearing, then baby-wearing can be a God-send (although I will warn you, you’ll still have to become a one-handed Jedi master).
My personal favorite baby carries are the wrap, mei tai, and the ring sling. Seriously, the BEST investment I have made as a mother to not only save my hands, but my back too (and that means less chiropractor visits!)