New moms have to develop new skills quickly while caring for their bundle of joy, but the most usesful seems to be the ability to do everyting with only one hand.

Growing up, my mom always had the uncanny ability to know exactly what my sisters and I were doing, even if her back was turned to us. She always told us it was because moms have eyes in the back of their heads, a feature that evolved due to the necessity to see all at all times.

But now that I’m a mom, I’m finding that while eyes in the back of my head would definitely be helpful, it’s not the extra body part I desire most. What I need is an extra hand (or two).

I’ve always been a multi-tasker –crafting while watching TV, making phone calls while preparing dinner, doing yard work while visiting with friends – but now that I have a little one at home, my multi-tasking has reached a new level. Before, I always had two hands to do everything. Now I’m trying to hold Kevin while warming a bottle, or finish stringing a necklace while bouncing him, or holding his car seat while trying to grab a couple items at the store. My biggest feat has been weeding the front flower bed with one hand while holding a pacifier in Kevin’s face with the other.

One-handedness is a skill I’ve picked up rather quickly, as have my other mommy friends. But just think what we could do with an extra hand. I could hold Kevin while chopping vegetables for dinner. I could push his rocker while using the sewing machine. I could hold his car seat and a shopping basket at the same time and STILL have a hand to grab grocery items from shelves. Or even hold a bottle for him while putting on makeup or doing my hair in the morning.

And if the hand was growing out of my back, it would increase the possibilities even more.

But, until evolution (or freaky weird science) catches up with the demands on mommy arms, I will continue to master the art of one-handedness. At least I’m not trying to do everything one-handed while also chasing a toddler… yet.

Kira Cox

Hi, I’m Kira. I joined Verity in early 2012 after a seven-year stint as a newspaper reporter. While I never thought my career path would veer off in this direction, I am loving my time at Verity. I recently moved from being a member services representative at the Alderwood Branch to being the marketing coordinator for the credit union.

I’m originally from Texas, but I have lived all over the country and the world, including Boston, Massachusetts, Anchorage, Alaska and Sydney, Australia. But in all my travels, the Pacific Northwest is the only place that has felt like home.

When not at work, I am usually home with playing with my son, husband, dog and three cats. During the rare times I don’t have a to-do list to plow through (and it’s not raining too hard), I can be found digging in the vegetable garden, training for a half-marathon, or grilling in the backyard.

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