So when I brought my little girl home (7 yrs ago) scared and shocked by how quickly I had just become a mother I gave it my best shot. But something wasn’t right and I was miserable, oh and my nipples were bleeding. So yeah I was pretty much done with that! Not only was I in pain but I was living in my pajamas and felt like a prisoner in my own home. It was bad enough that I was slightly traumatized by the labor and emergency c-section, but now I had something clinging to me and actually physically needed me to survive. I thought wow, Motherhood sure isn’t kidding around!
I then went on to suffer from Postpartum Depression or PPD for short. How did I know I was depressed? Well, everyone has “that moment” the moment when you just know and If you really want to know mine, keep reading.
Every time I drove with my new baby all snuggled in her car seat I thought about purposefully getting into a car accident, crashing into the other lane of traffic or going off the side of the road into a ditch. Just to see if she would survive the crash. It was scary and disturbing. But actually that is not what actually caused me to go in to see my doctor.
The incident that caused alarm was at about 1am in the morning and I was rocking her and she was crying and I was crying and I wasn’t doing anything but staring off into space, I was frozen and couldn’t get up. It was if motherhood was too much to bear and all that weight was pushing down on me. I refused to put her down, feed her, or change her. I just tuned out the crying and rocked. My husband finally woke up and found me in this state (who knows how long I was like this) and I wouldn’t look at him, speak or give him the baby. I was shaking, exhausted, crying and holding the baby too tight. Finally my husband had to use some force to yank her out of my arms. It was the next day I made an appointment to go in and see my doctor for help.
I have never written about this and I’m not sure I even told my Mom about these things. (sorry Mom)
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