Sitting down after this project and having nothing in my arms felt like diving into a pool on a super hot day… refreshing.
When I had books in my arm and tried to reply to my emails, typing with one hand and trying to balance everything was incredibly challenging
Made me think of my own mom. She’s tiny (130lb, 5’3”) and we always joke about her not being able to even carry a loaf of bread because she’s so small and fragile. But actually, she’s got this insane strength. Not only has she raised and carried two 8 lb babies in her lifetime, but she’d go grocery shopping by herself and somehow carry a full watermelon, a 24 pack of water, laundry detergent, and our week’s groceries by herself. I don’t know what’s more impressive. Physical or mental strength.
Towards the end, I was getting way more easily agitated. My arms were getting sore, my back hurt, tasks that usually took 2 minutes took 8 minutes, and my brain always had to make sure my “baby” wasn’t slipping. I cannot imagine what this must be like with a healing body from giving birth.
I need to stop being a wimp and get stronger arms before ever becoming a mother… ahhhhh
Experiencing the physical fatigue of carrying a baby with everyday objects
Within this project, I was curious about the physical fatigue that moms experience from carrying their babies in their arms while multitasking. I weighed objects around my house and carried each object for 15 minutes before photographing myself. All standing and continuing to do things part of my everyday routine, I had coffee while holding a 12 pack of coca-colas, scrolled through my Instagram feed with 5 pairs of shoes in my arms and so forth.