Your wife just had a baby and something is really off with her. It’s called postpartum depression.
If you are a subscriber to my email newsletters, then you knew that this post was coming. For those that don’t know, my husband will gradually be co-writing for my blog, and I am so excited for this to become a team effort! Today, my sweet husband is here to share his thoughts on postpartum depression and how husbands can help their wives through such a difficult season.
*written by Evan, my husband and the Marine behind the blog*
You’ve just had a child – a little bundle of joy – and you couldn’t possibly be any happier!
I’m sitting here in front of the computer screen with my heart screaming at me to write something, but my mind keeps drawing a blank. Oh how I want to write, but here I still sit, staring . . . waiting for the thoughts to start flowing. It’s rather tedious and annoying. I feel like my mind does that so much these days. It seems that ever since I went through that severe struggle with postpartum depression, my brain has never fully recovered. I don’t know if it ever will. No, I do not battle with the depression like I did before. I still struggle with it, but it’s so much more manageable than it was.
To be honest, there are several parts of those two years of suffering that I barely remember. Those years were absolutely awful and those pages of life seem incredibly blurred. That’s the problem with depression; it draws you down so deep that you don’t even know who you are.
I recently came across someone who expressed anger over a family member that was suffering from depression and took attempts on her life. This person expressed how selfish it was of her family member to be acting this way. As this person’s feelings unfolded, I felt Continue reading →
Okay, I promise that I am not ignoring my blog. Let’s just call it prioritizing. Moving to California and getting finally settled into our new home has taken up so much of my time. On top of that, I’ve been having a lot of health issues, including chronic pain and fatigue. Last week, my doctor did tests and x-rays to check me for Lyme’s and/or Rheumatoid Arthritis. There is a possibility I’m battling Fibromyalgia as well. Oh boy. Go me. Oh! And then our van broke down, and we suddenly had a ton of unexpected financial issues. Don’t you just love life? I’m so thankful for an amazing heavenly Father who gets us through these seasons with our hearts, if not emotions, somewhat intact! Anyway . . . I know I don’t really have to explain myself, but I just wanted to give a little insight to our life lately. Of course, add the holidays to all of this, and it’s one big disaster of no blogging, very little sleep, and going a bit crazy. Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels like she’s losing a bit of sanity each day.
So, remember when I had talked about going on a weightloss journey and was going to blog about it? Well, silly me had thought that I would start that before moving and be successful. Ha ha ha ha ha! I now laugh at my premature ambitions. How in the world did I think that I would be able to keep up a good diet while living in the car, hotels, and temporary housing for over a month? Hee hee hee! I giggle at myself.
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(Oh, if you’re a man and reading this, feel free to walk away. Then again, maybe you should stick around and see what we woman deal with AFTER carrying and popping out that little bundle of joy! Maybe it will induce some more sympathy! Maybe?) Continue reading →
It’s hard to believe our baby girl will be a month old tomorrow! Where in the world has time gone?! Over the past two weeks, we’ve had family visiting, first Evan’s parents and then mine. Our kids have been so spoiled with grandparent time that they don’t know what to do with themselves now that the grandparents are all gone. Aside from being a bit on the nutty side, they’ve been taking it better than I anticipated. I think Evelyn is taking it the hardest because she now doesn’t have someone holding her 24/7. I wouldn’t mind doing baby-wearing, but I have the Moby Wrap and it just gets so cumbersome to put on sometimes. Not to mention, it just gets plain hot. So, if any of you mommies out there know Continue reading →