Even though I’m past the early stages of postpartum haze, I fully remember how exhausting the newborn stage can be. And how difficult it is to find your sense of self when you’re wrapped up in being a mama. During my third trimester I kept saying, “I can’t wait to get back body back!” but since I had a c-section it took me much longer to really recover.
Something I really wish I had when I was recovering in that first month was a way to gently remind myself to do little things for myself each and every day. Since the days were blending together I couldn’t remember if I had even brushed my teeth or not!
Ivy has been the greatest blessing to me and my family, but the first few months with her were hard. I was recovering from a C-section and struggling with postpartum depression. While my husband was incredible and his family was nearby, my family had to fly back and forth from California to help so I was missing my mom constantly.
Needless to say, I was a mess those first few months. But, as all new moms do, I had to learn how to adapt. I had to learn how to put my oxygen mask on first, so that I could be there for myself, my husband and my daughter. Here are a few ways that I coped: