I have a mommy superpower – do you?
It has been said that when you become a mother, your heart swells to seemingly twice its previous size, making room for all of the love you feel for this new, tiny person who is joining your family. But that’s not the only thing that changes when you have a baby.
It turns out becoming a mom is a far better way to develop your superpowers than the crazy ways it happens in the movies.
On a recent evening, I excused myself from the dinner table where I had been chatting with some friends after dinner, and I peeked into our master bedroom.
“Aha! Caught you just in time,” I said with a smile.
I marched my twins back into the living room to play where they were within eyesight. I laughingly told my guests how Mia and Miles had been just about to dump the entire contents of my underwear drawer into the dirty clothes basket.
“But how did you know what they were doing?” my girlfriend’s husband asked with a puzzled look on his face.
A mom always knows …
It’s just one mommy superpower I’ve developed.
Here are a few others that I have gained since my twins were born a little over two years ago:
Incredible arm strength
My twins have helped me develop arm muscles Michelle Obama would envy. When I had two infants, I lugged those adorable babies, plus their insanely heavy carriers, everywhere I went. Now I frequently juggle two 20-something-pound squirming toddlers. Add a diaper bag and an ever-present grocery bag containing a gallon of milk, then try to reach for your keys so you can open the door. That makes for a workout that would challenge even your most dedicated gym goer and it’s a definite mommy superpower.
The nose knows
My sense of smell is as keen as a bloodhound’s. Spilled milk, spit up, old yogurt-covered raisins buried underneath the couch cushions … I smell it all. Not to brag, but I can not only sniff out a dirty diaper from across a crowded room, but I can instantly tell if it belongs to one of my children or if it is someone else’s problem. I know this is not the most appealing superpower, but it sure does come in handy sometimes.
Moms are like bats. We hear things that no one else can hear. When my twins were newborns, I could hear their cries even if I was in the shower with the water running and the door closed. Today, I can hear the sound of a toddler unrolling an entire roll of toilet paper in the bathroom or dumping all of the socks and underwear out of a drawer. I can hear the rattle of the garbage truck from several streets away and the sound an airplane engine long before you can see its wings. My mommy superpower hearing is always tuned in.
I can’t even imagine what other superpowers are in store as the terrible twos give way to two “threenagers.” What superhuman strengths will we moms develop as we try to guide teens into adulthood? I will trust that my skills will develop as needed.
But I do know this:
When my fellow Super Moms and I band together, we are simply unstoppable.
We are just like the X-Men, with less blue skin and more yoga pants. Our superpowers may not be the most glamorous, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything. And there are no radioactive spiders involved in a mommy superpower.
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