Momming with One Hand

I made it 33 years without breaking a bone.

Then on Saturday, the warmest and sunniest day of winter thus far, I found the last remaining 4 inches of ice in possibly all of Salt Lake County. I am awesome like that.

My poor wrist had its first X-ray just now. Before she took the picture she asked, "Is it possible you could be pregnant?" And I couldn't help but give a hearty laugh. It has been a long day. #infertlity

After monitoring it for 7 or so hours, I finally went to the doc for x-rays. “Fractured in one place with a possible broken scaphoid that may require surgery,” they told me.

4-6 weeks recovery. Longer with surgery.

Today Broken Wrist and I are grateful for the Odyssey's smooth ride. #hondatestdrive #firstbrokenbone

They gave me this cool Exos Cast that is waterproof, removable for showers, lightweight and pretty awesome. It’s a hard cast that molds right to your body. And it is totally adjustable. Grateful for this wonderful technology.

This is what crying into your Cheerios looks like when you realize you will be trying to do your hair with one hand, rocking your baby is near impossible and wearing es-stretchy pants for the next 6 weeks because you can't do buttons. #pityparty #partofon

Adjusting to Mom Life (and life in general) with one hand has been emotional for me. In fact, Sunday morning I just sat at the kitchen table and cried into my Cheerios.

Pity Party! Party of one!

I cannot really do my hair. Sweet Mr. R brushed my hair after a painful shower yesterday. We both survived.

Looks like I will be wearing es-stretchy pants for the next month or so. (Next time you are in the lavatory, I want you to take care of business including pulling your pants up and down with one hand. Not glamorous, y’all.)

Car seat buckles are pretty much the devil. So is trying to get the lids off of bottles. Thank heaven for amazing neighbors who are willing to drive my kids places and help me make bottles.

And you know, I make jewelry for a living. Good thing my business partners are rad. I will just go and chat with them while they make beautiful things.

Learning to Mom with one hand.

And then there’s my baby. My sweet baby with whom I love to snuggle and rock and cradle. This cast makes that¬†extremely¬†difficult. There have been LOTS of tears about this. LOTS. I’ve found some work arounds, but nothing compares to being cast free, obviously.

My little brother came over on Sunday, assessed the situation and said, “Mothers always find a way.”

I know it’s not the end of the world and I know that I will eventually get some, if not all, of my wrist movement back …but until then? It’s just hard. And painful.

But, we will find a way. We will survive. We always do.

Until then, let me know where your favorite leggings are from. I need a few more pairs!


*This post brought to you by my right hand.






  1. says

    I bet your right hand will be getting a little tired. Hang in there….your wrist will be all better in time for spring! :)
    Seriously…I am sorry this happened to you. My little Camden broke two bones in his wrist…it was a huge bummer for him to not be able to run through sprinklers all that summer. I hope you are not in lots of pain and I hope healing comes quickly. Make sure you are getting lots of vitamin D…turns out Camden wasn’t getting enough and it prolong the healing. We did Vitamin D drops (doctors orders) and it helped alot. Sending Hugs!!!!

  2. says

    I had surgery on my left wrist about a decade ago and I imagined a few things that would be difficult with just one hand, but I figured it wouldn’t be a huge deal because I was right handed. Boy was I wrong! And then four years ago I sprained my right thumb (dumb story, don’t ask), and was miserable. I had to get help cutting my meat at dinner. I couldn’t write. Buttons. Bras. Can openers. There was so much that was limited for me. You don’t really think about the small body parts until they start to hurt or you can’t use them. I am much more grateful for my thumbs now than I ever was before.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  3. Liss says

    I had juvenile arthritis in elementary school. When it started, my mom figured it was growing pains. Then it got to the point that she knew she had to call the doctor about it and it was back in the day of no Instacare so we had to wait 3 days to get into the doctor’s office. It was 3 days spent laying on the couch (nice warm weather and I was on the couch!), trying so hard to not move a thing. You have no idea how many joints you have in your head/neck until you have severe arthritis. I am not looking forward to getting old and getting arthritis again!
    You just never truly realize how amazing and awesome your body is until something goes afoul. Best wishes for fast healing!

  4. Vicki says

    So sorry you are having to go thru this! I feel your pain- except with my ankle. Last May, I fell and tore all the ligaments in my ankle- hello boot cast walker, crutches, then a brace and ice, rest, elevation, etc. etc. and trying to manage 3 boys and 2 dogs and stairs! A month later I thought I was doing better and it was June, so I put on flip flops and fell AGAIN on uneven asphalt and was back in the same boat again. I cried because of the pain, and because I felt so helpless. It was hard to drive, and I had to depend on people to drive my kids places. I went to physical therapy for 4 months to strenghten my ankle. And then, just as I was better and done with physical therapy, we got the call near the end of September that my baby girl was waiting for us! (Silver lining!) I know frustrating it can be. Hang in there, and I hope that you are feeling better soon! :)

  5. says

    I love Lululemons Wunder Unders. They are a bit pricey for leggings but they are my favorite and they hold their shape really well!!

  6. Becky says

    I don’t have any leggings, gasp! I know, I am way behind the times. I love your blog, by the way! Sorry about your wrist. I broke my left wrist, I am left handed, about 9 years ago, had a lovely external fixator, then cast, then brace. LONG recovery. But the thing that bugged me most, I couldn’t shave my right armpit. Only one shaved armpit for weeks. Don’t you worry, I learned to shave holding that silly razor with only 2 fingers. TMI, I’m sure, but it’s funny to laugh at now.

  7. Elizabeth says

    My mother-in-law was born without her right hand. She still has a right arm, but it ends right after her elbow. The funny thing is she does it all with such ease that I rarely even notice! I can’t imagine how difficult even the smallest things would be without the use of both hands. It sounds like you’re doing a good job!

  8. says

    If I lived next door, I’d totally be your right hand. Or left. Or whatever. I can’t be your extra brain though. I need all I’ve got.

  9. says

    I’m sorry about your wrist beautiful girl! I hope that it heals soon :)! you’re awesome! PS: I die every time i look at your sweet boy! I Oh, I love Leggings all of mine are from forever 21,they are always on sale too!

  10. Rachel says

    You fx the “bean”..ha the navicular/scaphoid looks like a kidney bean. I’ve been working in a Ortho office for the last 6 years. I always tell patients just be grateful it wasn’t a leg.

    Imagine caring for baby J on crutches..ZONKS!

    I wish you lived close..
    I’ll get the names of the best hand surgeon and hand therapist!