My dad and my husband can juggle really well. From apples to toys, they can toss a few objects in the air and make it look easy and fun.
I'm not much of a juggler, but I feel like one when it comes to work and being a mom. On Thursday, our nanny was off for the morning and Andre came to the office with me. While he was exploring the books, tugging on the courtains, crawling through the office and getting cookies from my coworkers, I managed to send out an online survey for an important client project. Since I had an eye and and ear occupied with Andre, I triple checked every one of the 54 emails I sent that morning. It is easy to have a typo or mismatch a name to an email address when only 50% of my sight and hearing are dedicated to the task. The nanny finally came to pick him up and the emails went out without a hitch. The extra checking did cause a backlog of work and the rest of the day was pretty busy and stressful.
On Friday we held a company retreat and I was surprised to hear the team tell me about how much they enjoyed having Andre at the office and how impressed they were about how I did the mom and work thing so smoothly. I made it look easy and fun. I have a new appreciation for jugglers. That was some very hard work, no matter what their perception!