Sneaky little baby!

I had the fun opportunity to babysit a 4-month-old baby over the weekend. He was a cutie, but also a sneaky little baby! Can you believe I strained an arm muscle holding this sneaky little baby?! I couldn’t believe it.

The irony of little babies is that although they are very light, relative to what they’ll weigh later, they don’t carry their own weight at all. They are floppy, floppy. Older babies will kind of wrap themselves around you and hold on (if they want to be held). But not infants.

From working out you know that any time you use a muscle that you haven’t been using much or use a muscle in a new way, you can strain it. It’s nothing serious, but can be annoying. Most over-do-it strains will resolve in about a day or so. You can help a sore muscle by 

  • massaging it,
  • stretching it,
  • resting it, and
  • moving it.
  • You can use a little arnica creme if you have it on hand.
  • You can also use a heat pad or ice pack if you want.

New parents are likely to encounter some muscle strains as they carry around their cute, sneaky little babies. For new moms, the physical demands of caring for an infant are significantly different than the physical demands of pregnancy. The carrying and lifting are like a new upper body workout. And all of this happens in the context of weakened abdominals.

So beware those sneaky little babies! Don’t be discouraged about minor strains, but treat yourself well. Ask one of the many people who wants to come and see the baby to

  • carry the baby for you
  • give you a little massage
  • bring you some arnica creme & a hot pack

Go ahead and put them to work. They will be glad to do it!

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The 3 martini playdate give-away

Read this book after you read all the attachment parenting books.

I’m doing a little research for a book I may or may not every write about life after kids arrive. The 3 Martini Playdate by Christie Mellor (Chronicle Books) is hysterical and my favorite so far in this genre of books. One night I was reading it by flashlight in the same room my son was trying to fall asleep in. I had to set it down because I kept laughing out loud, thereby prolonging the process of falling asleep by the curious 7-year-old. “Mommy! What are you reading?”

I knew I was going to enjoy the book, when on the first page the author slammed the term “playdate.” I personally loathe the term. Here are a couple of other gems:

All those expensive childproofing locks that you think are securing your arsenal of nail clippers, screwdrivers, and kabob skewers are nothing more than high-powered magnets for children, who have usually figured out how to unlock all of the more complicated ones by the age of two or three anyway. You might as well festoon all your drawers and cabinets with brightly colored flags that say “Hey, You! Kid! Fun and Danger in Here!” (p.25)

Once you’re ready to go, it’s wisest not to ask permission of your progeny. Now would not be the time to say, “Honey, we want to leave in about five minutes, is that okay?” Your child might be having the worst time of his life, but given the opportunity of deciding the fate of the entire family, well, what choice do you think a four-year-old will make? (p. 49)

The demands of a small household in an urban environment may not be quite so great, but I say it is high time we realize that we have a wealth of energetic and affordable labor sitting in front of the television set snacking on overpriced novelty food. Let’s tap this underutilized national resource, for the sake of their characters, and because we can. (p. 68)

I would sum up the book as an encouragement to not lose your life in the minutiae of kid-world, since, eventually those darling kids you’ve doted over drop you like a hot potato at some point.

So, please share a quick funny story in the comments below for a chance to win this book. Your story could be a funny ah-ha moment of parenting or perhaps observing someone else’s wacky parenting. It could be the crazy ways a 7-pound person has brought you to your knees. If you’re the lucky winner and you’re local we can arrange a drop off. If you’re not local, I’ll mail it to you. Good luck!