How Superheroes Came About

Today as I sat down and thought about how Isaac is turning 1 in the blink of an eye, I started to think how he has changed my life after his arrival. In fact, I think I’ve unlocked some of the superhero powers that I’ve always had unknowingly. Yep, I’ve always secretly thought that I’m a ninja or a superhero of some sort. Now I am just further convinced that I was right all along.

1) Superhero: Wolverine
Skill set : Enhanced sense of hearing
I remember how hubs and I used to watch the telly or listen to music at dangerously high volumes because we kept saying we are unable to hear the words well. With Isaac in the house, my ability to hear has enhanced greatly. Even while he is in the room and I’m in the kitchen, I can hear him or his movements without him having to cry or scream. In more extreme cases, I can even hear my neighbour’s baby’s cries and be able to identify that it is not coming from my baby.

2) Superhero : Miss Invisible’s
Skill set : self explanatory
Whenever the hubby is out, I will have a spectator whenever I use the bathroom. In order not to be out of isaac’s sight, I will sit him down on his high chair while I plant myself on my inspirational throne. Most of the time, I try to pretend I am invisible and that he is not able to see me because it is just so awkward. Hopefully he doesn’t get nightmares from watching me. 🙁

3) Superhero : The Flash
Skill set : Probably the fastest superhero there is
Once I put Isaac down for his afternoon nap, I will take my shower as quietly and as quickly as possible. Hair Shampooed or not, lather washed off properly or not, the moment the baby wails, i am all wrapped up in my towel in less than 5 seconds and out to check on him, hoping that he falls back to sleep.

4) Superhero : Deadpool
Skill set : Accelerated healing factor
I’ve always had a weak immune system since I was a kid, so I tend to fall sick very easily and recovery time is usually slow. Ever since I had Isaac, not only do I fall sick less often, I also recover in a much shorter time when I fall ill because I am determined to get well to look after him. More importantly, because I do not want to pass on any virus / infections to him.

5) Superhero : Shazam
Skill set:  Unknown strength limit. Does not need to eat or sleep when in superhero form
This probably related the most to me during  the first few months of parenthood. Waking up in the wee hours just to feed / express milk, and getting up to check on Isaac  whenever he made the slightest sound. The first month was probably the most tiring since I had to wake up every night to look after Isaac myself. I would wake up multiple times with an hour and a half to sleep in between feeds. There was this one time, I don’t remember sleeping at all and I was way beyond tired that I felt extremely high. Thank goodness Isaac stopped waking up at night for milk when he turned 2 months old.

When hubs returned to work after his paternity leave, I looked after Isaac by myself in the day. When I started out, I did not know his sleeping patterns well and I tried to do the housework while he slept. I thought I would nap once housework was done. Only to realise that once I had my housework done, the baby would wake. My poor management of time led to a sleep and food deprived me. Slowly I learnt how to deal with this by monitoring his routine. In a nutshell, baby’s nap time equals to mummy’s nap time. I simply left the housework to the husband (LOL!), or at least when he is around to look after the baby.

Actually the more I look at Isaac, the more I start to think he may have inherited some of my super genes. Just look at him.
Now where’s my cape?!


Hello there, my name is Priscilla. I am the co-creator of 2 boys, Isaac and Ian who bring nothing but joy to my life. 5 years into parenthood and i am still trying to find a balance in being a mother and wife. Having too little photos of my childhood, I try to take as many photos of my kiddos for keepsake whenever possible. It certainly makes me look like an overly-obsessed mum but i assure you i am not. I am just obsessed. I look forward to sharing my adventures and experiences as a mum on this space.

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10 Responses

  1. may says:

    I’m glad you even found time to write this and I’m happy to hear you get to shower even before the husband comes home! lol Add the SuperMan in this blog post =)

  2. Michelle says:

    We, mothers are amazing, aren’t we? The hearing ability though, will eventually deteriorate to you-can’t-even-hear-them-whining-in-front-of-you when they get older. My girls at this very moment are fighting and I’m letting them sort it out. Haha!

  3. Danessa Foo says:

    You can add a few more titles: like Wonder Woman (wonder all the time had gone to!). Thanks Priscilla, you’ve inspired me to write a post about mums and the titles we hold 🙂

  4. Cynthia says:

    Cool mummy and way to go! It’s impressive how a baby can turn us mummies into all sorts of SuperHeroes. No doubt about SuperMum. 🙂

  5. Who needs Superheroes when you have Mums!
    We need to constantly remind the kids that our home is not clean or neat because we have a helper.
    Everyone need to chip in 🙂

    cheers, Andy

  6. Phoebe says:

    I think at the end of the note.. You are a Wonder Woman! Every mother should be one when we multi-task so much! 🙂


  7. Jacqualine says:

    I never thought those were super powers until I read them now! HAHAHA. You are quite right, the enhanced sense of hearing – I always wake up even though it is just my kiddo flipping her body from the left to the right!

    Surprisingly though, I cannot hear my husband at all when he wakes up to watch his soccer matches. Selective lah this one :p

  8. Ai Sakura says:

    Such a cute post and you’re right! Nothing quite makes us realise our superhero powers unless we have a little human being to care for 😛

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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