I remember somewhere around Cullen’s 8th or 9th week, when he finally seemed to have enough head control that he didn’t need me to have both hands on him at all times. It felt liberating to just gain that one hand back. Having had it held hostage by a wobbly baby head for 2+ months, I was amazed at how much I could suddenly do again. But even that could feel pretty limiting at times. That is, until I passed the new-mom initiation test of learning how to do anything with one hand.
Not to say that mastering certain skills one-handed is necessarily easy, but it’s something you learn to do as you bounce a baby on your hip. I’m a huge fan of babywearing, and that got me through many of the early months, but these days Cullen isn’t really into being strapped down.
You’re probably thinking, just put him down — you don’t need to carry him everywhere! And while he crawls and plays most of the time, as anyone with a nine-month-old knows, you can’t just put them down and go about your business. He is into everything, so if he’s down, he requires attention and monitoring. And when I really need to get something done — without pulling phone chargers or dog food out of his mouth — he hangs out in my hip.
Here are ten things I’ve learned to do with one hand, while carrying a baby around…
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