During my first pregnancy I considered myself a bit of an “armchair expert” on all things birth and newborn care. My husband and I read all the holistic books, hired a fantastic Doula company, bought all the cool baby items, and stocked our freezer full of healthy meals. I was ready.
Until I wasn’t.
Here’s the thing about becoming a parent, there’s no such thing as being prepared. Every person’s experience is different and mine didn’t feel at all the way I thought it would. My baby needed a full week in the hospital, his tongue tie was so bad I thought my nipples would be permanently scarred, and the roller coaster of moods and exhaustion were unlike anything I had ever experienced.
When I went back to work 5 months later I was hit with yet another hammer of mood swings and such extreme Mommy guilt that I locked myself in the pumping room and cried. I wanted to be with my baby. I was a walking zombie unable to form complete sentences, let alone write software marketing copy. I wanted to quit. I needed help. I decided to make some serious changes.
I did something that felt very uncomfortable, completely counterintuitive, and against societal norms – I made myself the #1 priority of my life. I decided to rebuild from the ground up. I knew my previous identity was gone and adopting the sole role of “Mom” also wasn’t right either. I needed to find myself and that meant downshifting on my career, protecting my time, prioritizing nutrition, and ruthlessly comparing every request made of me to my new priority list.
Magic started to happen.
My postpartum anxiety lessoned, my energy started to return, and I began to find other amazing woman and mentors to help guide me on my new path. Woman who lifted me up, never judged, and provided the baby steps I needed to learn how to be a Mom while also being me.
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There will always be struggles, babies who won’t sleep, or global pandemics (oh my!) but the way you show up during those times can be different. You can overcome the overwhelm and regain your energy.
The first step is to reach out.