We like to think we are attachment parents, particularly when it comes to baby sleep. We co-sleep, and what is more, our 14-month-old is learning to walk, meaning he walks in his sleep, meaning he still needs me to hold him in the middle of the night to keep him asleep. I also have to rock him to sleep for all his naps and other night wakings. I also slept with him on my arm quite often.
And my arm hurts. Like really hurts. E thinks I have a repetitive stress injury and wants me to go to a physical therapist.
I’ve had all sorts of other baby injuries – mostly a sore back (the worst was bouncing NK to sleep on an exercise ball) – but every parent is bending and lifting and carrying, right?
This is different. This is a strain from his head resting on my bicep, from the bouncing and rocking, as he gets heavier and heavier, and laying down with him on my arm.
I keep hoping that he will settle down once he learns to walk. It is my mantra through the long nights.
But meanwhile, maybe I do need to see that physical therapist. Or look up stretches online.
Do you think they have workman’s comp in Daddyland?
I need a healthy right arm too. How else will I play catch with my American kids?