Everyone knows that carrying and birthing a baby is physically challenging, that recovering from having a baby is physically challenging. But no one tells you that it doesn’t end there. Parenting hurts. Physically and emotionally.
At my baby shower for my first child, a mom of grown children made a toast. She said, “From now on, your heart will be walking around outside of your body. ” I loved that sentiment. It’s one thing to worry, fret, and be heartbroken about your SELF. But when you are responsible for another human’s life from start to finish, you will experience emotions that I’m not a skilled enough writer to describe.Once you have a child, your heart will forever be walking around outside of your body.Click To Tweet
But if you are some kind of heartless android and parenting does not constantly pull at your heartstrings, well… my friend’s sentiment could have another meaning entirely. Imagine taking it literally: your heart being ripped out of your body. Because once they rip that baby out of you, it’s only the beginning of your physical challenges.
I first had the idea of writing about parenting injuries when my oldest child was a baby. Sore from sitting on the floor all day, trying to ignore my cracked bleeding nipples, my son kept head butting me. He had no idea how badly that hurt. And then he started with the hair pulling, the glasses pulling, the earring pulling… And that was only the beginning. I thought to myself, “When I have a few moments, I should write about all the injuries new moms get.”
Flash forward seven years and an additional kid later. It’s taken me that long to find “a few moments” to write this. And I realize that it’s not just NEW parents that get injured. Parenting is a constant physical rubicon.
So here’s a very abbreviated list of my parenting injuries so far, in video form. I’d love to hear about yours!
Parenting Injuries… How many have YOU had?