Settling Into Seven




Our little Penelope has been with us for 2 1/2 months already. It feels like she was just born yesterday and that she's always been here simultaneously. Isn't that the funny thing about adding new babies to the family? I worried for months how this new one would settle in and now that she's here it's hard to imagine our family without her. 

Not to sound braggy (because that's not my intention at all) but Penelope is a dream. She is a wonderful little nursling, has been sleeping all night for weeks and has the most pleasant disposition. I'm especially thankful for all of this because I've been working through the baby blues the last few weeks. I've never been as affected by the hormone/life changes after having a baby quite like this. Don't worry, I'm being careful to take care of myself. It's easy to feel isolated after having a baby (especially in the winter months) so for me, getting outside everyday has made a world of difference. I've also focused on doing at least one thing a day for the sake of pure enjoyment. Some days it's reading or baking. Other days I'll fiddle on the computer or take a nap. It also helps having a husband like mine. I'm not sure what I would do without the love, encouragement and support of Ryan. He's the very best. 

Have you ever gone through the baby blues? Or maybe you've had postpartum depression? If so, do you have any tips to share? I feel like I'm coming out of the fog but your words and suggestions could help another mother who may need it. 

Images of me and Penelope by Susan Gray Photography

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  1. Oh my did I! I'm about to have my second and I'm super nervous of the anticipation of having baby blues. Routine was the best for me and exercise! Really hope it gives away to a happier season but it made me a whole lot tougher and for that I'm thankful!

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  2. I had postpartum depression and anxiety with all of my children but it was the most severe with my oldest and youngest. The intersting thing is that those two, other than being different genders, are so very similar in every other respect.
    I tried both prescriptions and therapy to help me the situation in my mind, heart, head, and body. Therapy was so great. It was so much better for me than the prescriptions, but one of my best friend found medications to be more useful for her. There's not one answer, but many because each person has different needs. Getting outside in the sun for 10-30 minutes a day was helpful as was 4-5 days per week of 30 minutes or more of walking. Eliminating processed sugars also helped. Another thing my husband and I did was to stop eating out (and cutting out some other niceties) and instead put that part of the budget toward paying a sweet woman we interviewed and loved to come and do a light cleaning of our home twice a month. She helped me keep my head above water. It may not work for everyone but it was a gift from heaven to find her. The first therapist I visited was less than helpful. My advice is to not stick with a therapist who doesn't help. I felt worse after one appointment with a poor therapist than I had in days. I never saw her again. I found another one and after my first session with him I left with workable solutions for the week and a better outlook on my situation than I had felt in a long time. I think being open to trying options until you find what works for you is key. And it may not be what worked for your mom, sister, friend, mentor. My husband was super supportive of helping me find my way out of that very real and very heavy and dark time. We both prayed for guidance and heavens hand as we stepped forward ready to act on the solutions God was sending our way.
    Oh! That was so tough. But the more I spoke about it, the more women who opened up and said they struggled too and thought they were alone or were doing something wrong and didn't know they weren't messed up and that it was a very good idea to seek help. I don't have the answers for all, but I am a big advocate of urging and supporting women to seek and act on the answers that will lift them and carry them through their life.

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  3. Thank you for your tips for baby blues. I am expecting #5 in a few months and I need to remember to do a little something I enjoy each day instead of trying to "do it all". That is so important. And getting outside! That's something simple that's easy to overlook when you are so busy with a new baby.

    Also, these pictures are the sweetest! I don't know you in person but I am always inspired by you to be a better mother. Thank you ever so much!

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  4. I find diffusing any of the citrus dōterra oils helps me to feel more lively when I'm low. PND x 3 for me was soul sapping so any little thing that parted the clouds was a God send. I still suffer from time to time with slips into the lows although my last baby is in school now. Citrus, that's my tip.
    God Bless. xx

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  5. With my sixth baby I had my placenta encapsulated. I felt like it made a difference in keeping the baby blues away. The newborn stage goes by so quickly yet it can feel like an eternity. My baby will be one in april and boy do I feel emotional about that. Anyone have a remedy for that? PS. Love your blog and instagram feed.

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  6. Have your vitamin D checked (simple blood test). Most mothers are very low and it is a big cause of depression (I really don't know why they don't check all mothers!). And she is beautiful and glad to hear she is a lovely baby, that is a blessing!

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  7. On my first baby and again with the twins I struggled with postpartum anxiety and a little ppd. My response was mostly panic attacks. I've found medication to be extremely helpful in just giving me my whole self to work with. Getting extra focused spiritually is what keeps me floating and gives me hope. I love that you do something for pure joy everyday, that helps me too. Getting outside is huge for me too. I have to get out of the house everyday, even Just for 15 minutes. Talking about my anxiety and helping others has been very healing for me. I'm lucky to have a wonderful family support system but having a close connection with other women, especially those that can relate has been one of the biggest helps in not feeling isolated or depressed. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. With my second baby I had some depression, but I have a very supportive family that talked me through it emotionally. In my family all the woman have some type of depression, so we help each other out.

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  9. Oh she is beautiful. Congratulations to your wonderful family. Those 6 weeks post baby are the toughest for me. I love your proactive ideas to fight the blues!

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