by kbunsey (895 Posts), Wed Jan 06, 2010 09:47 am
With the posts on PPD and remembering how completely overwhelmed I felt the first 6 weeks I thought I'd post something I read in a magazine. I copied it onto big poster-sized paper and read it all day long (the first weeks of nursing until my boobs and baby synchronized and became more efficient were grueling) anyways - this became my mantra -faking it at times until it actually happened.
"Have faith. Like baby acne and bowed legs, that incredibly frightening new-parent feeling won't last long....So when you're in the thick of it, remember this: Your nipples won't hurt forever; your stomach will flatten; you'll soon get four, five, even six hours of uninterrupted sleep; and your love is enough to see you - and your baby - through."
Now, I can't say my PPD was cured by this little message, nor is it completely gone, especially the anxiety parts and the griping at my husband - but it has gotten better. And I still say to myself every day, "my love is enough." I say it extra when I start getting freaked about returning to work and sending baby to childcare. ;-) Oh, yes and I have a date tomorrow w/ my therapist.