I'm doing pretty well with this baby thing so far, if I do say so myself. I'm not walking around in some semi-somnolent state, running into doors and dumping salt in my tea instead of sugar. I'm not sobbing hysterically at 2 a.m. or screaming obscenities at diapers that refuse to do what they were designed to do--namely, contain pee*.
What I AM doing, however, is slowly losing the function of my right arm. See, I'm very predominantly right-handed. So I'm hauling around this child with my right hand and arm all the time, positioning him for feeding, holding his head up when we're sitting, cradling him when we're going up the stairs. He's not a big kid by any means--still in the seven pound range somewhere--but MAN. This is not good for my hand and arm. My hand is feeling somewhat arthritic, kind of tingly and numb sometimes. And my arm developed what I assume is a charley horse yesterday that pretty much rendered it useless until A. rubbed it with some force to get the kink or whatever it was out of my upper arm and shoulder. OWWWW.
No one ever mentioned this part of the conditioning process. So anyone out there who is planning on having a baby soon? Break out those dumbbells and start lifting. Your shoulders will thank you for it in the end.
* Fuzzi Bunz, I'm looking at you.