I’m on Team G.
G for Gisele Bundchen if you are not in the know.
Earlier this week the mother of two and wife of quarterback Tom Brady shared an Instagram photo that has set the mommy world on snark attack.
The caption reads:
What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep #multitasking #gettingready
The photo shows the model breastfeeding her 1-year-old daughter while being beautified by a team of three.
My first reaction: She looks amazing! Hooray for this super model showing how she manages to mommy-task. Yay that she’s able to feed her baby and is bonding rather than hiring help (at that moment, at least).
I then encountered all sorts of snark from mommies around the twitterverse. Some comments on posts from Jezebel to the Today Show Moms blog page were supportive but more were not. Obnoxious, according to Denise Albert of TheMoms.com on Good Morning America. And many that said much worse.
I know a thing or two about multi-tasking. I work full-time and I have a crazy commute. I have a 9-month-old baby girl and an almost 3-year-old son. And I’m lucky that my mother watches daughter and picks up our son from pre-K three times a week.
All mommies are multitaskers, with varying degrees.
My version of multitasking is different from Gisele’s. It’s different from my coworker who has a nanny share and lives in the city. It’s different from my coworker who has a stay-at-home husband. We all do it differently and it’s all important.
Why the hate, mamiverse? We should be supportive of one another.
As a mom of two beautiful kids, I love Gisele’s photo. And if she can feed her baby while getting worked on — and let’s face it, getting beautiful is her life’s work — more power to her.
I love Gisele’s photo because it shows her at work. This is her version of multitasking and it’s all good. My version is getting two small children ready with my husband, scarfing down breakfast together and driving 50 miles to work. On days that I come to work later, like today, I worked with my son on his school ornament, and took the dog to the vet where I wrote this post.
My team — aka, my fabulous mom — doesn’t do my hair or put my makeup on. But when I get home, there’s dinner on the table.
It’s Gisele’s job to look good, and this was her team. And in my mind, I look just as good.
Gisele, mad props to you.
Susana is the art director for the Local Living section at The Washington Post, and she commutes from Fredericksburg.