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My Mental State:
On September 3, 2015 I was diagnosed with Postpardum Depression (PPD). Not many women are open to talking about this diagnosis for fear of judgement I am here to say that it is 100% normal and okay. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of harming themselves or their baby you should immediately contact a doctor, or 911. However, PPD comes in many forms and those who have it do not always think about hurting themselves or others. PPD could simply mean one is exceptionally sad or overwhelmed more often than they should be. If you can no longer laugh or smile at things that used to make you happy you may be suffering from PPD. For more information on symptoms and signs of PPD please click here.
At my 7 week postpardum appointment my OB gave me the PPD exam where I scored a 16 out of 30 anything above a ten is considered positive for PPD. However, as I did not score too high on the spectrum I was not given medication, it was recommended that I work out and get out of the house more. In addition, it was suggested I start meeting with a therapist or support group. PPD is often caused by an imbalance in hormone levels after birth, which is often why many Obstetricians will recommend medication however diet and exercise can also help.
Since my diagnosis I have made it a daily ritual to take my son outside for about 15 to 30 minutes every day. I haven’t started working out yet, mainly because I have been too exhausted. The increased sun visits, plus the help of my husband and neighbors over the last week and half has allowed me to begin feeling a little better. I’m still obviously depressed, but I’m hoping as I get out of the house more I will begin feeling less and less this way. My husband has even lowered his work hours in order to be here to help me with the baby more, as a result I am planning to return to work in the next week or so. I’m getting a part time job, partially to get me out of the house and partially to begin paying off our back debt and so perhaps here in the near future I can increase the reach of my blog and freelance writing business.
How Baby is Doing?:
Wesley is doing amazing he pretty much has full head control now, his eyes are becoming greener by the day. He can no longer fit his 0-3 month clothes, so we have him in 3-6 months as well as 6 months (6 months are a little big, but 3 months are too small). He is consistently providing his mother with lots of smiles and coos, which just melt my heart and make me so happy. He has also slowly worked himself to a regular sleep schedule. I am able to get at least one 5 hour block of sleep in a night now between feedings, which is amazing. He loves bears, from the bears on his swing mobile to my old stuffed animals (which I still have from when I was a kid) he will stare at them all day. He also really likes classical music. His personality is shining through more and more everyday and I couldn’t be happier with his development.
Life as a Breastfeeding Mama:
The breastfeeding continues to go well, we had some minor issues where lo was constantly spitting up. They say a sign that your lo is hungry will be that they chew/suck on their hands, well my little Wesley has developed a habit of doing this for comfort (there’s a possibility of early teething). Believing he was constantly hungry I was constantly feeding him for awhile, which was leading to the spit up. It turns out you can “over feed” a breastfed baby. So I now do more interactive things with him when he cries even though he has already been fed. (Sitting outside and letting him look around is a great way to distract him.) In addition, to learning how not to over feed I also learned how to help prevent some of the choking he was also doing. Being a bigger breasted woman, my boobs tend to sag a little bit, so the lactation consultant recommended that I place a small rolled up rag underneath my boob during feeds that way the breast is lifted towards the babies mouth.
Biggest Life Saver’s I have Learned This Month:
There were a few days were my son’s belly seemed to be really bothering him, so I went and picked up a bottle of mommy’s bliss gripe water it is 100% all natural no artificial sugars or anything. A half a teaspoon and my little man was burping up a storm and feeling a lot better.
Blow out diapers happen, it doesn’t matter how tightly you have the diaper on, whether the size is appropriate or whether you use a particular brand. Poop is bound to come outside the diaper at some point it may be once a week or once a month, but it will happen. Unfortunately it is nearly impossible to get that yellow color out of clothes once it is set there. I refused to pay the expensive cost of stain remover, so I used my handy pinterest search tool and I found an amazing and cheap homemade stain remover. All you need is Dawn dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide. Place 2 parts hydrogen peroxide to 1 part dish soap in a red, brown or dark pink spray bottle. (The bottle color is important because otherwise the hydrogen peroxide will no longer keep its potency.) After I remove little ones clothes and get him all clean and situated I take the soiled item/s to the bathroom sink spray them down and rinse away all the yellow with cold water.
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