With one quick instagram post, actress Jessica Biel confirmed what all mums know to be true: motherhood turns you into an epic multitasker.
Mum to 17-month-old Silas, Biel shared a picture of a plate and coffee cup under a running shower. She captioned it, "Yes. I eat in the shower. I admit it … Try it I dare you. #ShowerEats."
And while the post divided her 1.8 millions followers into two teams: "YES! #Mumlyfe" and "NO! Ewww, gross!!!" I can totally see where she's coming from.
While I didn't eat in the shower, I did do something equally as strange – perhaps even stranger. I read.
Lost in the fog of new motherhood, reading for pleasure was the last thing I had time for. And I missed it. I had assumed that maternity leave would be the perfect opportunity to catch up on all the books I'd had my eye on. Baby has long afternoon naps, mum curls up with a book. Right?
Wrong. Spot Goes to the Beach was about as literary as those first few months got.
When my son was around five months old, however, I was given a novel by Australian author Kylie Ladd. Called Last Summer, I consumed it in agonisingly slow fashion. My son rarely napped for longer than 45 minutes, during which I'd rush around trying to do loads of washing, pay bills or take a much needed shower.
After what seemed like months, I finally reached the last chapter. As my son went down for his morning nap, however, I found myself faced with a conundrum. I really needed a shower. But I really needed to finish the book.
I decided to combine the two. Gives a whole knew meaning to "I couldn't put it down", hey? But desperate times, etc …
Standing under the water, I read those last brilliant pages in a cloud of steam. And it was sheer bliss.
I'm not going to lie – it wasn't the last time either. #Noregrets.
And it seems I'm not alone.
Reading books in the shower cause it's the only time I can't hear my family's nagging.— DJ (@xXDJglitchXx) December 12, 2015
its come to the point that im reading books in the shower— chloe (@wildetsdreams) October 23, 2013
reading books in the shower is about as hardcore as I get— cat (@catrinbishop) September 24, 2012
Doing so – and not getting the novels wet – is both a skill and an art-form. And, to clarify, no books were harmed as a result of this strange strange behaviour, which I blame on new motherhood.
If you're still not convinced, take a look at this girl right here - my new spirit animal. #puregoals.