When you’re carrying a baby around for what feels like 99% of your day, and you’re very lazy/stubborn when it comes to putting on your sling, you get pretty nifty doing things with one hand. Here are some of the things I’ve learned to do with one hand thanks to my babies. High five to motherhood skills!
- Chop vegetables. Albeit a bit chunky, but chopped nonetheless.
- Put jackets on bigger kids. With a bit of yanking.
- Make cups of tea. Including a slightly risky manoeuvre in order to get the stove lit.
- Go to the toilet, pants down, pants up, etc. Yeah! (Skinny jeans = an extra ten points.)
- Type, write blog posts, reply to emails, and so on (eg. this post right now).
- Bark commands at anyone within a 500 metre radius. Just kidding, I can bark commands with or without one or two handed gesticulation. I’m very talented like that.
- Wash dishes. Ok they aren’t great, but useable. If it is the difference between eating and not eating…
- Put loads of washing on. This one is not much fun as it also requires a deep squat to get down to my machine. That combined with seemingly dissolved pelvic floor muscles and an extra 5kg is a no brainer: avoid if possible. (Avoiding washing is always possible.)
- Open packets of m and ms and eat them.
- Eat double cream by the spoonful out of the container… I’m not going to lie, this is something I excel at.
So I have to say my skills have increased dramatically over the last five years. I’m not sure how helpful the above list will be on my CV though.
What do you do while wandering around with babe in arms?