Prior to motherhood, I never understood the sheer strength that comes with having a baby. But, my tolerance for pitocin induced contractions and my son's middle of the night shrieks pale in comparison to what prevails when my kids fall asleep in the car and there's a bag of groceries to carry up the stairs. I can't leave the tots unattended so I hoist my son in one arm and my daughter in the other and hang the bag on my arm before cautiously ascending the stairs. My tots are getting heavier and their limbs are much longer so I'll have to retire this practice in the very near future.
Gone are the easy days of one babe in the Baby Bjorn and the other on my hip with a diaper bag over the arm and a hand to hold a couple of bags. I had to laugh when I saw this picture of famous photographer and dad, Nigel Barker, toting a trio — his infant, son and a friend. What a cute workout!