The post baby blues are oh so real. I remember those first couple of weeks just crying...a lot ha. I am not a crier at all, so my husband and I were both like, "uhhh...what's happening right now" haha. There was just so much to take in and I felt so overwhelmed. There's a rapid change in hormones post-delivery which obviously clearly played a part, but I was beyond exhausted after a 40 hour labour (with maybe 1.5 hours total of sleep), followed by waking up every 2-3 hours to feed little Piper day-after-day. Breastfeeding was incredibly painful and I got anxious when it got close to her feeding time because I knew it was going to hurt me. My body was just overall fatigued after a long labour and I had a lot of healing to do. On top of that, I felt guilty for feeling "down" because I knew how lucky and blessed we were to have Piper in our lives and that both her and I were healthy.
Now, looking back on it, there was so much going on and my life drastically changed over night - so the baby blues makes perfect sense! It's perfectly normal and I think every woman, to different degrees, deals with them.
I made a list of 5 things that helped me BIG time deal with the baby blues.
#1 TALK TO SOMEONE
It took me a while to actually break down (literally haha) and talk to my husband. Communication isn't my strong suit, especially when it comes to emotions, so this was really difficult. Plus, like I said, I felt guilty for feeling "down" during that time. Talking to Jordan about how I was feeling was such a stress reliever! Also, talking to my sisters, mum, and friends helped too because they could relate and I felt less crazy!
#2 MAKE A DAILY TO-DO LIST
This is one that helped me the most! Jordan would come home and ask how my day was and what I did...and I couldn't think of anything! Haha talk about depressing! My days revolved around feeding Piper and recovering which are obviously important things, but I felt so "blah". I started making daily to-do lists of really silly things like "shower" or "load the dishwasher". They sound dumb, but they were doable with a newborn and it felt good to cross something off the list every day!
Showering (and getting semi-ready) worked wonders for my baby blues. You ALWAYS feel better after a shower! It was number one on my to-do list because of how good it felt. I felt a little more lady-like, which let's face it, a lot of the recovery process isn't very glamorous (eek) so this made me feel a little more refined ha.
#4 GET OUTSIDE
I am sooooo glad I had Piper during the Spring! I don't know what I'll do when I have a winter baby, because going outside on a walk was so refreshing! I felt quite stir crazy because she was too little be out a lot, and I was still recovering, so I couldn't do a lot. But it's amazing what a change of scenery can do the for the soul (or swole...looooool).
#5 EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST
I never thought I'd say this, but I was so consumed with feeding Piper and making sure she was okay, that I would forget to eat. Seriously, I never thought I'd say that1 I made sure to get in a filling, healthy breakfast to stabilize my energy levels and keep me full. Plus, my body felt so much better and more even keel.