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They told me I was gaining the greatest treasure... No one told me I would lose myself.
They told me being a mom is the greatest joy... No one told me it'd be my greatest thief of joy.
They told me how great it was that I could be a stay at home mom... No one told me I'd feel trapped in my own home.
They told me I wouldn't sleep for the first year... No one told me it would be fear keeping me awake.
They told me I'd sacrifice my body for 9 months... No one told me I'd sacrifice my mentality for the next year.
They told me to prepare for the pain of giving birth... No one told me to prepare for the pain of postpartum depression.
They told me it would all be worth it... No one told me just how much ❤️ I haven't shared a personal post in a long time, but as the fog is finally lifting (and we're praying that lasts) I feel it's only right to share this part of our story. Postpartum depression and anxiety has taken it's toll on us in the last year and for some reason I never expected it. PPD/A doesn't care if you've had the best birth experience, if you exclusively breastfeed, if you're healthy, if you get outside, if you love God or if you're surrounded by people that love you. All of those are beneficial, they helped to lighten the load, they helped me enjoy more, but above all else what I needed was time and grace.
So to the mama that's reading this I want you to know... Mama, our stories are different. I can't give you a 'one size fits all' solution. But please, mama, give yourself time and grace to figure out what works for you and your family. Cling to the joyful moments even when they're few and far between. Mama, the negative thoughts trying to drown you are NOT TRUE, remember this! Rest your mind and your soul on God's promises. The good moments will turn into good hours, the good hours will turn into good days, the good days turn into good weeks, and good weeks turn into good months. It's worth it, mama, it's all worth it... you'll see ❤️ ... #handsfullheartfull #postpartum #mommylife #mamastrong #raisinglittles #realmomlife #momssupportingmoms #ittakesavillage #postpartumdepression #momstruggles #honestmommin #motherhooduncensored