My topic for this week: Multi-tasking Momma: Am I an Octopus or what?!
Ok, THANKS to everyone for being patient with my tardiness! Seriously the week ambushed me big time!! Before I knew it, I had a busy, BUSY week!!!!
Honestly, I don’t know how most parents do it! My friend once told me, and I quote “Constance, being a working Mom is hard. Somedays I feel like a bad doctor but a good mom, other days, a good doctor but a bad mom. Other days, I feel bad at both!” At the time, I didn’t really understand what she meant but NOW I do! (Ok, so I am not a Doctor, but u get my point!)
Being an actress, only complicates things because my work, doesn’t always seem like work but really it IS!!! AND my hours are totally intense and crazy!!
For example, I posted a photo of me on a red carpet as a place holder when my blog was late right? Well, that was when I went to support one of my favorite causes, PETA for their 30th anniversary….
Seems like it could be fun right?.. And it was, mostly, but it was STILL work…
(Yes! That is Kellan Lutz behind us checkin me out! Why? I HAVE NO IDEA!)
Let me explain, to go to something like that, It took about 9 hours! (Crazy right!?) Let me explain, In that time I am rehearsing, prepping, getting ready, driving, doing interviews, photos, participating in the program, then MORE photos and then getting back home. NOTE* I am not complaining just merely filling ya in……
My point is:
That 9 hours for work, is 9 hours that cuts into my Mommy Time!
9 hours that my Lil Miss Luna Marie, does not get to see me nor I her…. :/
Then the next day, I had to shoot a pilot (sorry confidential, will let ya know when I can) but once again,, it took like 14 hours of the day!!!!!! For 2 straight days….
So, on Day 1, when I realised that I would not be able to see my lil Luna Marie at all because I left before she awoke and I wasn’t going home til after she was down for the night,, yep, I cried…
This whole Mom thing is complex. Women who have to go back to work after 3 months after having the baby- I feel for you!!! Women who have no help, I feel for you too! I feel for ALL of us. In general I feel Moms bust their butts! Dad’s too!!
As for me, my schedule, is so unpredictable, last minute and just plain intense when I least expect it! (But that is show biz! I knew it when I joined!!)
When I am around Luna Marie a lot, my thoughts are “Man! A little break would be nice!” And then when I am not around her I think “Man! I miss her SO much!”
It is like I am psychotic. Hey? Maybe I am??? :/
What is up with that?!!!!
Can somebody fill me in!?
My next day of shooting, I got to go in later, so I DID get to see Luna Marie!!!
For a whole hour!!!!
I was SO happy to see her!! And she me, she must have said “Mama” like 40 times in that hour!!
I will admit- I LOVED IT!
In that hour, so I could be with her,, she sat on my lap while I ,,, 1) chatted/played/read her a book, 2) got my hair done, 3) ate breakfast 4) planned Luna Marie’s menu for the day. 5) went over the contents of the fridge and made a grocery list to make sure she had enough food.. 6) sent e-mails, 7) translated between Kent and the Nanny to make sure every one was on the same page for the schedule that day and last but not least 7) I actually invited Luna Marie to come into the bathroom with me!- Instead of my usual fighting her off- so we could continue our chat!….why fight her right? When we’re adults, all us women go together anyway!!!
Now, it seemed pretty normal to me. Just part of a day in my life til the Make- Up artist said “Talk about Multi tasking!”….. It took me a moment to understand what she was saying,,,, then I got it-SHE doesn’t have kids!
This reminds me of my pre-baby moments when I would see mothers- like Octopi- at the grocery store-on the phone, watching one kid with one eye, stopping another from injesting a pack of batteries, unloading a grocery cart, and soothing a crying baby in the cart, while on the phone, and still chatting to the cashier! I used to think “Holy C*ap! How does she do it??!”
Now, I know.
It is just a day in the life of a Mom or Dad who loves their kids!
So, you to you my fellow Octopi, I Salute you!!!
Keep up the good work! And don’t pass out!