Today I'm going to count how many times my two kids (who are five and two) ask me to do something for them.
I hope I don't lose count.
It's a public holiday and we're going for a drive to the coast so these things may affect the normal tally.
However, I've started, I've been up for one hour, and I'm up to ten so far.
Common requests include -
I need a drink
A washer (my two year old loves to suck them and clean her hands)
Put a movie on
I'm finished (which means take away my plate/washer/cup/etc)
What does this say? (my five year old needs me to read something on his computer game)
Turn a game console on
I need to go to the toilet (my five year old still needs help, we're working on it!)
Swing (that means push my two year old)
Trampoline (that means I have to get in and jump with my two year old)
Open the play doh
Find/fetch a particular toy/item
Read a book
Do a puzzle
Draw a picture
Put shoes on
Take shoes off
Help pick up/put away something
Play a game
I only have two kids, so I can only imagine how many times mums with more would be up and down, running to and fro.
I'm not saying 'poor me'. This is what mums do. It's tiring, it's draining, but it's all part of the job that I love. I'd much rather be doing this than anything else.
I'm just curious.
I'm a bit of a counter.
Sometimes I liken myself to The Count from Sesame Street.
I often find myself counting crazy things.
So, today I'm counting "Muh-um"s.... (14! ah ha ha)
I'll be back later with the tally.
(I wish I had one of those click-a-button-counter-thingies)
While I'm gone let's play a little guessing game.
Why don't you have a guess and tell me what you think it will be in the comments.
Don't cheat and scroll to the end, now.
It's 11am and I'm up to 50.
So what do you think?
Have you guessed?
Phew, I'm back, the angels are tucked into bed and hopefully fast asleep.
The answer is.....
One hundred and thirty-eight! (ah ha ha)
(Give or take a few because I didn't have a click-a-button-counter-thingy)
I was called or asked to do something by my two children 138 times today!
Are you surprised?
I'm not really.
I suspected it would be somewhere between 100 and 150.
Do you know of any other job where you would have 138 requests to be acted upon immediately in one day?
Not requests that you can put in your in-tray.
Not requests that you can file away for later.
Not requests that you can write on your To Do List.
Not requests for you to do something when you have finished whatever it is that you are currently doing.
But 138 times in one day you are asked to do something and do it NOW!
Being a mum isn't just a full time job, it's a full on job!