Are all the other dads wearing cups?
November 29, 2012 1:03 PM Subscribe
I feel like I’m getting hit in the gentlemen’s region by my baby/toddler more often than is probably normal. Also a lot harder than I would have expected. I have some questions…
I have a one year old daughter who is abnormally (gloriously) big strong and agile. 32 inches tall about 25 pounds, fast runner, good climber, throws things, etc. She is essentially a two year old except without the verbal, developmental, or communication abilities.
I love her to death, she is the light of my life and she hits me in the junk a lot. Like doubled –over-in-pain hard probably twice a week, maybe more. It should be noted I have taken a lot of hits to this area since middle school fights, so I might have simply forgotten what this was like.
As I’ve said she is really big, strong and fast. So the physical capacity to harm of a full on terrible twos toddler, but without any intention. She is just running, flailing her arms, stomping about. She is just about in-seem height so plastic cars and full size NFL footballs are whipping around at that level all day. Also if she is in a lap and music is on (or not) she will dance. Read: stomp.
I can’t really explain to her not to do this, we are more in the phase of not touching the lamps, or climbing into the tub, not climbing up to the TV, not knocking over chairs. “Don’t play near Dad” is about her level of understanding and not a rule I want to introduce.
So Dads: Do you just get really good at turning to the side all the time, like you are in a dance fight with your baby? Do you just avoid lap time? Develop ninja like reflexes? Start wearing a cup?
I suspect the answer might be “you’ll get used to it” but in case there are solutions or tips out there I would love to know them.