Saturday, May 29, 2010

Major Multi-tasking!

On a typical weekday morning, you can find me running on the treadmill while instructing my 3 year old daughter on an arts and crafts project. Having a task for her to do, keeps her occupied and allows me to run longer. However, today brought a whole new meaning to my multi-tasking mornings. As soon as I started running this morning, she decided that she didn’t want to do art today. She wanted to have a picnic. I tried to explain to her (as I’m huffing), that I would have a picnic after I was done. She said, “No problem mommy, you can have one while you’re running. It’s only pretend food,” So she proceeded to ask me a hundred questions about what I wanted to eat, what I wanted to drink, what seasonings I wanted on my food, etc… Finally, she had the food prepared and it was time to eat (don’t forget, I’m still running). She happily handed me my food, one piece at a time and asked how I enjoyed it. Who knew that it would be so difficult to run, eat play food, and hold a conversation with a three year old, all at the same time? Once the picnic was over, I tried regain my focus and control my breathing. My little one had other plans though. She told me she needed to take her baby for a walk, but the stroller was broken. I told her she could just carry the baby until I was done. “But mommy,” she said, “that’s not how mommies do it. I have to be a good mommy.” So began my attempt to fix a stroller, while running. Thankfully for the baby, I was successful. Unfortunately for me, the baby was wearing the wrong clothes for riding in a stroller. So for the next five minutes I fumbled around with the doll’s clothes (while awkwardly running) until she was properly dressed for her walk. I’m not sure if my workout was successful, but at least I learned that I am one coordinated mama!  Do you often find yourself multi-tasking?  Grab a latte, put up your feet, and join the discussion!

5 comments:

Rachel Cotterill said...

I like to think I'm quite good at multi-tasking, but when I'm running, I'm just running. And probably listening to music. And maybe thinking about my book...

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

How did you do all that?????? I am impressed. I read the book on running last night, does that count? Rosemary

Kel said...

I'm not sure if it counts Rosemary :) I do know the next day I was sore, so I obviously wasn't running properly.

My Momma Drama said...

wow - that's pretty good. My 3 year old acts like he's dying when I exercise and he's around. He starts to do it with me (the DVD's), but then once he realizes I'm paying more attention to the DVD than how cute he is trying to do a jumping jack - the world come caving in around us.

HeartsMakeFamilies said...

Great post. I'm always multitasking about something with the kids.

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