As I commented once again to my husband, “Man, my back really hurts” I thought about why that was. It’s because I lift and tote a 25-pound toddler around all day! I am amazed at how physical the job of being a mama is!
Many of us carried our sweet little ones around inside of us for months before they were actually born. We were stretched, we were strained, we were sore.
And then finally it is the day of their arrival. The moment we have been anxiously anticipating is finally here.
There has been much discussion and debate over the way we bring our children into this world. But no matter what method or medicine you choose, it is still a very physical ordeal. And not just for that one day. There is often weeks, if not months, of recovery time involved afterward.
Then, as if all of that wasn’t enough, you might decide to nurse your baby. And if you do, oh baby…talk about physical!
Aside from certain sensitive areas that will quite likely be temporarily painful, there is just plain old physical contact like nothing you have ever experienced before. This new little person will literally be attached to you around the clock- and that doesn’t even include the additional time you spend in contact with them changing diapers, wiping noses, bathing, holding, and rocking!
As they grow and become more independent the extent of this constant physical contact lessens some, but is still there.
They continue to want to be picked up and carried, cuddled up with while reading books, to crawl all over you like you are their personal jungle gym, hugs, and goodnight kisses.
And if you are one of those mamas who’s out there running while pushing a double stroller….we applaud you! Tha’s some serious physical toughness!
Being a mama is such a physically demanding job. One that we often do on less sleep than we should. It’s no wonder we get so exhausted!
Is it any surprise why for many of us why a trip alone to Target seems like a vacation?! Sometimes we need to get away and have a break from all that constant contact!
But just as we sometimes need a break, our kids need this contact from us.
There are a multitude of studies out there that reveal the numerous benefits kids receive from physical touch, including increased cognitive and emotional health.
It is such a perfect example of how we are serving our families, showing them God’s love, and ultimately serving Him in a thousand little ways every single day. Yes, it is hard work and no, it is not always easy. But it is important work and the reward is so sweet!
Our kids will grow up knowing that they are loved and cared for by the most important person in their lives and because of that they will feel safe and secure. They’ll be more inclined to trust that their heavenly Father loves and cares for them because of the work you are doing.
Think about that the next time your back starts to hurt. Keep up the great work Servant Mamas! Remember, you were made for this!
“…do not grow weary of doing good” (2 Thessalonians 3:13)
What part of being a mama do you find the most physically demanding? What wears you out the most? How do you keep it from overwhelming you?
Comment below and let me know. Then take a minute to share this with another weary mama who could use some encouragement!