A few short thoughts (because that’s all I’m capable of) on the less-than-Glamourous-yet-magical time of life with a newborn. Bottles. boobs and maternity-wear.
So yes, I had the right pump and a tin of formula, but the main tool that helped make breastfeeding a success the second time around is me and my open mind.
Postnatal depression; the gift I never asked for or wanted. Fighting my way through it made me stronger but now I might have to face that adversary again.
Four nights in a room to myself (practically), someone bringing me meals, checking on me, giving me medication and nurturing. All expenses paid (except for the epidural). Sign me up!
We must remind ourselves that Mothers are fragile in the early days, especially first-timers. Sometimes all they need is empathy, not strangers demanding they ‘enjoy’ every minute of ‘keeping a baby alive.’
I was unprepared for this but I’m learning how to deal. These are my tips on how to have a better second pregnancy.
I’m an expat, which doesn’t help the situation, but parenthood is a foreign land to anyone who hasn’t been there before so I’d say we are all in the same, unfamiliar boat. Here are five ways for new Mums to stay social.
Modern motherhood sets us up for failure. The myth that children will magically give our life purpose. I can see how some women regret having children.
Are we ‘saving’ women from sharing the news of a miscarriage or are we saving our culture from the knowledge that pregnancy can get ugly.
You may still bond with your child even if you have postnatal depression. I felt completely bonded to my daughter but something still felt wrong with me.