The newborn phase sucks.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Clover. I love my whole little family. But there is no denying this is hard. As a matter of fact, there’s no denying that there is little happiness or rest these days. There’s a lot of frustration and tantrums from a toddler and a baby yelling in my ear and vomiting in my hair. There’s a lot of crying. I feel like Gwenna doesn’t like me very much, like I’m losing her. I’m convinced that Clover is dead every time I wake up and she’s not screaming to be fed, and even if she is, I’m terrified to look at her because she could be crying because of some lethal injury or strange newborn illness. I feel like I’m failing at everything- mothering, being a wife, being a homemaker, being a woman, being a business owner, being a student.
Last night was the first time I slept 4 hours in a row in over 3 weeks. My days alone with the kids consist of never changing out of a single half-outfit, nursing, getting vomited upon, and pleading with my two year old to do various things, like wear underwear. I’ve been sicker than I have ever been in my adult life within the past few weeks, I have mystery symptoms that are getting worse, and yeah, let’s just sum it up with “health not so great.”
I feel like I’m in a debt of depression and happiness is thousands of dollars or days away.
Yes, I know some of this is extreme. You don’t have to tell me to ask for help or to sleep when the baby sleeps (um, that is when? Exactly? Also, just let the toddler run amok?). I know things are supposed to get better with time. But here is the thing: I have not given up on my dream of happily teaching Gwenna to decorate sugar cookies or doing holiday crafts while nursing Clover in the Moby wrap.
I’m not stranger to the crazies. Seriously, just ask anyone I’ve ever dated. So! I know that there are specific habits one can adopt to help themselves out of a hard place, if they’re not too far gone. (Notice I’m not saying that if someone is depressed that it is all their fault and they should just DO something about it. Um, no.) I’m going to write out a few things I plan on doing, and to keep myself accountable, I’m going to track my progress here.
Want to join me? Let’s map out a plan for our hearts, minds, and bodies.
Start by setting a small relationship goal. It can be something to do with your husband, your children, your best friend- something that gets you connected with other people. That’s for your heart. Then set a small goal to do with positive thinking- prayers, affirmations, meditation, or whatever suits you. That’s for your mind. Then plan an activity you can do every single day to be active for a little bit. That’s for your body.
Here’s what my game plan looks like:
Heart: Half an hour of cuddles every day with husband, daughter dates every weekend (one parent with one daughter, the other takes the other daughter, alternate children every other week), call a family member once a week.
Mind: Affirmations- I am strong, my heart is open, I can feel happiness, my life is beautiful, things are getting better every day.
Body: Walk every morning with Clover in the Moby wrap.
I will see you tomorrow for check-in!