What do you do for a friend that reaches out for help and you live in Washington state and she lives in Illinois? I can't hold her as she cries and tell her everything will be all right! I can't kick her in the butt and tell her to get herself to a WOMAN doctor that specializes in *Postpartum Depression! I can't relay to her what I've known for years-that Postpartum Depression can strike at ANY TIME after the birth of a baby. I can't gather up her other 3 kids and take them to the park, my home, McDonald's Playland while mommy gets some much needed bonding time with baby. I can't plant myself on her couch for 24 hours while Mommy and Daddy go to a motel for some kanoodling.
But I CAN do what I do best...GET THE WORD OUT! So to all my readers and all my readers' friends and family...to all my fellow bloggers and all my fellow bloggers' friends and family...VOTE! Vote for Tricia and her family to Win this Vacation that is so very important and necessary for the very survival and nourishment of this family! Help Me, HELP them!
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As a women I thought I wanted a house full of children, now that I have four I'm revising my thinking. The last year of our lives have been miserable. As a parents our job is to make sure that our children are safe, healthy and teach them morals like kindness and how to treat others. The last child I gave birth to seem to be a screamer from the very second he took his first breathe the day he was born. He never seemed to be happy, always uncomfortable, always crying. Late night rocking, hallway walks, never sitting, always standing, and still not getting more than two hours of sleep at a time. All this together was making me loose my mind and putting a stress on our marriage.
I became very depressed and started neglecting my other children. I seemed to run like a robot, without sleep, sad, and very short tempered. My days seemed to run from one to the next. Every day the same. The screaming wouldn't stop and sometimes it was me. Then I realized I have 3 other children. Do I remember being a mom to them? Did I give baths, read stories, tickle and chase them through the house? No. I was a bad mommy. It wasn't until last month I noticed that my patience has been short, my yelling constantly, forgetting to give hugs and kisses. Laundry piled high, the dishes in the sink, the dirty floor. I couldn't take it anymore. I knew I needed help. I thought about Valium and getting help from a doctor. I wanted to talk to my mom, my husband, my friends in the real world and on the net, but I was too embarrassed. What would they think of me? The last few weeks I've made changes. I share my feelings, I'm changing the absent roll that I took with my children and husband. I'm trying to be a mommy and wife that they can be proud of and want to spend time with. I don't want my children to remember the last year that I wasn't there for them. I want to make a difference in their lives and let them know mommy lost her way but now she's back.
My husband and I have become strangers. Barely talking about the good only the bad. We need something to change the bad pattern we've fallen into. We need a Vacation away from home, away from the everyday madness.
I'm hoping to take my family on a trip to Walt Disney World to fill their memories of mom with good ones instead of the bad one's I've created for the last year when Mommy wasn't emotionally or physically available. I now give hugs and kisses every day and let my children know I cherish them. I believe Disney is a magical place where girls can be princesses and boys can be race car drivers. Daddy's can be Fun and Mommy's can make you feel loved again.
I was a Mom who lost my way and fell into post postpartum depression after giving birth to my last child. Overwhelmed and having a hard time running a house with a family of six having two small children and many more responsibilities I was lost and forgot to be a mommy. It was over a year before I realized my absence, my horrible mistake. My children deserved more than what I was giving them. I'm wishing for a magical fun family vacation at a home away from home to replace the last year of bad memories.
Go HERE to vote for Tricia! Click on any of the blue vote buttons to go to the page where you can vote, about 1/2 way down the page! *Postpartum depression can occur up to 1 yr after the birth of a baby. In fact, some studies reveal, it is possible that onset can occur up to 2yrs.
Click on any of the blue vote buttons to go to the page where you can vote, about 1/2 way down the page!
*Postpartum depression can occur up to 1 yr after the birth of a baby. In fact, some studies reveal, it is possible that onset can occur up to 2yrs.