If there is one thing that I can say about motherhood, it is that it really allows you to experience your own resilience. When you enter in to motherhood, a warrior-woman ninja from within emerges.
As parents, we have all had some really tough moments, but I think it is safe to say that we have also all had those really proud moments. You know the ones I mean. The moments of super-heroism, where there is no one else there to witness your true greatness but you and your baby/child, (who is completely incapable of understanding your awesomeness in said moment).
I took to my amazing ladies in The Mama Support Forum, for some Mama Super Hero moments. Here is a compilation of some of my favorite Mommy Super Powers:
1. We have 4 hands:
Anatomically speaking we may not look any different from your average human, but tie a mommy’s hands up with a baby or kids? And she will quickly learn that her feet work as well as hands, (with a little practice).
2. We have a 6th sense for trouble
You hear silence and think ‘ahhh, time to relax’. We hear silence and immediately know something is being destroyed.
3. We are car contortionists
If you have ever experienced the incessant whining of a toddler who desperately needs a toy / snack / doll / drink / etc while you happen to be driving through traffic, then you understand the urgency one might experience to make the whining stop. I have literally made body parts stretch in Gumby-esque ways, (while driving) to reach objects wedged between hard-to-reach spaces, all in the name of a few moments of silence. (I hope you are getting a good mental image, because it’s as awesome as it sounds).
4. We have a bionic sense of smell (for poop)
You think I’m joking, but I’m not. We can smell poop from three rooms away. It is an acquired skill, and while we are slightly grossed out by it, we are equally proud. (We can also identify our own kid’s ‘brand’, if need be.)
5. We have catlike reflexes
When it comes to our children, we can move thousand pound cars, if we have to. But what you may not realize, is that we possess the ability to catch our little ones mid-catastrophe, from precarious positions and/or situations, (averting imminent crisis.) Go-go gadget arms…
6. Ninja style nursing
We are capable of nursing our babies while doing any of (but not limited to) the following: walking, cooking, eating, peeing, conversing, cleaning, baking, exercising, etc. We can even nurse in such a manner that you might not even realize that it’s happening right in front of you.
7. We are baby-wearing bandits
There is very little that we can’t do with a child strapped to our bodies. We clean entire houses with tiny humans strapped to our chest. And let’s not forget the mamas who wear two children at once tandem-style, (one on the front; one on the back).
8. We can cook with one hand tied behind our back
This is a mommy super power you may not be aware of, because typically meals make it to our table looking and tasting pretty darn good. What you missed is the behind-the-scenes madness that most likely preceded the food-fest before you. This might entail wrestling with tiny humans, holding one or more kid while cooking, allowing child to ‘help’ cook, breaking up toddler sparring matches or just saving the world in general.
9. We can turn off our bladder
Sometimes stopping to pee is not an option. We talk ourselves through the pain of really having ‘to go’, by reminding ourselves that we survived child-birth. (Maybe this is why I have to involuntarily pee every time I try to jump rope).
10. We can outwit the flu
Moms get sick too. But what we don’t get? Is to lay in bed and be sick, (especially if there are other family members who are also under-the-weather). Enter the mommy superpower that allows |forces| us to rise above said sickness.
11. We have mad multitasking skills
It’s truly frightening how accurate this picture is.
12. Sleep? We don’t need no stinkin’ sleep
Normal humans need anywhere from 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night to properly function; not us moms! We can get by on as little as 2 hours of sleep. 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep is a luxury; 6 hours in a row is pretty much a vacation.
13. We can fix anything
Broken toy? No problem. We will find a way to rig it back together. Maybe it’s the sleep deprivation that allows us to think outside of the box so freely, or maybe it is an aversion to crying and whining.
At the end of the day, we are all super heroes to someone, (whether you are a mom or not). It is easy to get caught up in our short-comings, but today let’s all celebrate our mini victories. And hey, if no one told you yet today, you’re doing an awesome job.