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Dolly Jean is rolling around all over the place and eating real food, with bananas and sweet potatoes being her favorites. We drove 16 hours to Texas and back, have been on two more flights and a few other short road trips, which she has all conquered like a champ. She also pushed through her first cold, sleep training and little spurts of teething. Each month that goes by becomes my new favorite, and six months has truly been such a fun age!
7:00 AM – wake up & nurse
7:30 AM – eat breakfast
8:00 AM – play time
9:00 AM – nap #1
10:00 AM – nurse
10:30 AM – get out of the house (library, classes, errands, etc)
12:00 PM – nap #2
1:00 PM – nurse
1:30 PM – eat lunch
2:00 PM – play time
3:00 PM – nap #3
4:00 PM – nurse
4:30 PM – eat dinner
5:00 PM – play time
6:30 PM – start bedtime (bath, pjs & books)
7:00 PM – bottle & down for bed
I feel like postpartum depression is something no one ever talks about. After the baby’s born, everyone’s concerned with the baby. How is she doing? How is she eating and sleeping? Has she smiled yet? No one asks how mom is doing. Is she sleeping? Is she eating? How is she feeling? Recovery is painful, and not to mention mentally, physically and emotionally exhausting.
I’m VERY thankful that Mason had time off from work to stay home and that we had family come to visit. I had also joined mommy & me groups with other new moms, and it made me realize how truly lonely the postpartum period can feel, especially for parents in a similar scenario as us.
We just moved nearly a thousand miles away from the place we called “home.” We didn’t know anybody or have any friends or a church community yet. No one to make a meal or fold laundry or watch the baby for an hour while I take a nap. Getting out of the house every day (whether to run errands, go to a class or sit on the back porch) was the only thing that kept me sane.
I don’t write all of this for pity, because honestly, I think we’ve done a pretty great job at meeting people and trying to get plugged in. Plus, we have an amazing “virtual” support system of friends and family back in Texas.
I haven’t personally dealt with postpartum depression, but I do know how lonely being a new mom can feel, and I recognize how quickly and easily that can spiral into something bigger. I also know that being a mama, the responsibility is heavy, but the duty is the greatest honor.
If you get anything at all from this blog post, I hope it’s this: there is no better mama on this planet for your baby except for you. No one. No one could do it better. YOU are the best mama for your baby. You were given that baby (or babies) because you are the girl for the job.
I’ve had a couple friends share with me their tough postpartum or motherhood experiences, so I’d like to share one more thing. If you are facing a hard time as a mom, please know you’re not alone. There can be beauty from ashes and light in darkness, so don’t lose hope. My inbox is open if you want someone to talk to, and there’s nothing wrong with seeking help if needed. May you find purpose in your pain.
But postpartum depression is very real, so let’s talk about it. ❤️️
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