From juggling a dozen things at once to mastering the art of multitasking (even in our sleep), motherhood is all about stretching your minutes while simultaneously wondering how it's all going So. Dang. Fast.
And while a quick break to feed the baby here or a halt to comfort a crying toddler there may seem insubstantial, when you add everything up, there's no denying it: We're busy.
What is harder to tally up are all those moments spent on the little tasks that paint the big picture of motherhood.
Based on our experience, here are how many minutes we suspect the average mama of little ones spends on this beautiful, exhausting privilege of a job each year.
Snuggling in bed in the hope they'll let you sleep longer: 12 minutes a day or 4,380 minutes a year
Playing make-believe or reading stories before the sun is up: 25 minutes a day or 9,125 minutes a year
Breastfeeding, pumping or feeding: 120 minutes a day for mamas of babies or 43,800 minutes a year
Wiping things—counters, cheeks and booties: 20 minutes a day or 7,300 minutes a year
Getting yourself ready while trying to forget about whatever is happening in the other room: 5 minutes a day or 1,825 minutes a year
Reheating coffee: 3 minutes a day or 1,095 minutes a year
Preparing meals they may or may not eat: 40 minutes a day or 14,600 minutes a year
Picking up toys and then picking up toys again: 8 minutes a day or 2,920 minutes a year
Driving—chauffeuring, commuting or just going in circles around the block to help the baby sleep: 90 minutes a day or 32,850 minutes a year
Calling the doctor, sitting in the office and picking up prescriptions for yet another ear infection: 240 minutes a month or 2,880 minutes a year
Worrying, Googling and worrying some more: Some days 5 minutes some days all day for an average of 50 minutes a day or 18,250 minutes a year
Watching kids shows and then trying to get the theme songs out of your head: 35 minutes a day or 12,600 minutes a yearWrestling kids in and out of car seats: 10 minutes a day or 3,650 minutes a year