80 Post Challenge – Post 78

Are there any skills you’ve picked up in the last year?

Yeah, there are a couple of things all most centred around my kids.


I’ve learned

  1. How to distinguish an ‘I’m hungry’ cry from other cries such as ‘I’m bored!’ ‘I’m scared!’ ‘Hold me!’ ‘Okay, enough is enough, feed me now and ignore the other screaming brat who shares my face; I’mthe important one!’
  2. How to change two nappies in 60 seconds without getting poo on my fingers.
  3. How to feed two babies at the same time.
  4. How to push a pushchair, hold a baby and an umbrella and a sandwich all at the same time.
  5. That cold tea isn’t all that bad and that if you add just the right amounts of lemon, it tastes really good!
  6. How to type/run a radio show/eat/drink with one hand.

Animated juggler from Wikimedia CommonsHeh, yeah, you may not think these are skills in the traditional sense, but believe me, juggling all the things I want to do and my two boys is a skill that I never thought I’d learn.

My days really have started to look like this:
I have no idea how my mum did it, or how my grandmother did it with six kids. They are crazy superwomen with more respect from me now than they’ve ever had before. Funnily enough though, I seem to get the same sort of reaction from strangers; ‘how do you do it?’ ‘Oh, you’ve got your hands full.’ ‘Well I know I couldn’t do it.’ And so on.

Well… to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Bring on the next set of skills required for when these little treasures begin walking! ^_^

My 80 Post Challenge is brought to you with help from Tom Slatin’s 80 Journal Writing Prompts.
Also… note… that some of the questions in the original list are duplicated, so these later entries include questions from Tom’s second list.

About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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6 Responses to 80 Post Challenge – Post 78

  1. char says:

    Yes, kids can be challenging…at all stages, but that juggling act is the best thing I’ve ever done. It has made me cry, pull my hair out, and have the greatest joy ever!


    • Here here! I did a mad train journey the other day with the pair of them and did the whole ‘struggling to get on the train while pushing the buggy and holding one of the babbas in one arm thing.’
      I can’t believe how much easier its getting (and how few people asked if they could help versus how many stopped to just watch me struggle).


  2. 4amWriter says:

    I bet you’re an awesome juggler! 🙂


  3. jmmcdowell says:

    I’d say those are darn great skills to have learned! My mother and sister both had twins and did a fine job. I’m sure you’ll do the same. 🙂 But somebody send those train passengers to manners camp!


    • Thanks JM! ^_^
      The trains are a funny thing to be honest; at my end, people were lovely and helpful and when I got off. It was the other end where it was every man for himself and I nearly got run down by two chaps with bikes trying to get to the space first. *sigh* Its only a few miles away too; they could have ridden that distance! :p


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