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


  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!

  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.

  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!

  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

  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.

  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!

  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!

  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.

  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!

  10. Useful information.I am actual blessed to read this article.thanks for giving us this advantageous information.I acknowledge this post.and I would like bookmark this post.Thanks
    geometry dash pc| sniper games happy wheels five nights at freddy's 3 five nights at freddy's 4

  11. Gunblood is without doubt an addictive western shootout online video recreation from WolfGames. Mission of the game is generally for being maybe almost certainly by far the most feared gunslinger by defeating all marksmen in just one-on-a person gun fights. Place your mouse over the gun chamber, preserve out 3 seconds, and will the countdown reaches 'Fireplace', shoot your opponent as rapidly as it truly is possible to. Noticeably pleasurable with Gun Blood!GunBlood is a extremely addicting taking shots match dependant on your reaction abilities. Deliver a shot a good deal more rapidly than your opponent to outlive.
    gunblood western shootout | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gun blood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gun mayhem 2 | gun mayhem 3 | gun mayhem 4 | gun mayhem 5 | gun mayhem 6 | gun mayhem | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | gunblood | wheelshappy | | | gunblood cheats | gunblood admin gunblood cheats | gunblood cheats | gunblood cheats codes gun blood | moz gunblood |

  12. Gunblood is definitely a western design and style and elegance shootout recreation where your mission is always to be essentially probably the most feared gunslinger throughout the territory you occupy. To achieve that feat, you'll have to defeat just about every one of several marksmen that you are going to combat with in one on 1 enjoyment and bloody gun fights. It truly is Pretty much one of the most addictive and gluing on line video games after you battle for your search to get the greatest gunslinger. The game GUNBLOOD has exceptional audio results and visually attention-grabbing graphics which makes images crystal clear. To Enjoy this recreation you will need to have excellent reflexes, You will need to understand evasion techniques so that you'll be not strike. The computer mouse is mostly your weapon. The mouse movements assist you to transfer and shoot the enemy. The Activity alone is not not easy to know and use relating to gameplay, you'll be able to realize this The instant you click the Start Activity button. You'll discover up to ten avatars to select from if you are picking out video clip sport figures. You push “Commence” to get started on true gameplay way. Place the mouse pointer more than the pistol cylinder graphic for the display, this will most likely trigger A 3 following timer, when the timer operates out, you might want to stage at The top within your opponent then remaining basically simply click to shoot. This could seem clear sailing but you will need to be brief and versatile as your enemy is normally on the lookout to eliminate you at very good rate. That is by which You will need to grasp your reflexes. Gunblood consists of A few reward rounds in which you shoot products like bottles and birds Every single with the when not hitting your assistant that is standing before you. These rounds need to be accustomed to sharpen your experience. It really is an economical activity to look at and boost your reflexes. You use the mouse for your personal controls. GunBlood Western Shootout Gunfight Match is the best activity i have Anytime tried using making use of. It is feasible to interact During this exercise entirely absolutely free at our World wide web-web site love gameplay and Improve your temper with Probably one of the most preferred games over the world.
    gunblood | gun blood | gunblood unblocked | gunblood cheats| gunblood cheats| Barbie | Barbie Dream House| kartulad| happy wheels 2 demo | Gunblood 2 | gun blood unblocked unblocked games |
    MORE INFO - gunblood | gun blood cheats | cheats for gunblood | gunblood game | gunblood | gunblood unblocked |
    Good lucky!

  13. Thanks, you guys that is a great explanation. keep up the good work in your granite blog.
    mickey mouse games |
    happy wheels |
    agario |
    pacman |

  14. Good blog post. I want to thank you for interesting and helpful information and I like your point of view. Thank you!
    - Mortal Kombat XL
    - Atari Breakout
    - Dragon Ball Z Games


  15. The war between humans, orcs and elves continues earn to die one 67. Lead your race through a series of epic battles, using your crossbow to fend off foes and sending out units to destroy castleshappy wheels . Researching and upgrading wisely will be crucial to your success! There are 5 ages total and each one will bring you new units to train to fight in the war for you cause.
    earn to die 678
    Whatever you do, don’t neglect your home base because you cannot repair it and once it is destroyed, you lose! Age of War is the first game of the series and really sets the tone for the Age of War games . Also try out the Age of Defense series as it is pretty similar.
    In this game, you start at the cavern men’s age, then evolvetank trouble game! There is a total of 5 ages, each with its units and turrets. Take control of 16 different units and 15 different turrets to defend your base and destroy your enemy.
    The goal of the game also differs depending on the level. In most levels the goal is to reach a finish line or to collect tokens. Many levels feature alternate or nonexistent goals for the player. The game controls are shown just under gold mine. Movement mechanisms primarily include acceleration and tilting controls.
    It consists of a total of 17 levels and the challenge you face in each level increases as you go up. unfair mario The game basically has a red ball that has to be moved across the various obstacles in its path to the goal. slitherio

  16. All the best blogs that is very useful for keeping me share the ideas
    of the future as well this is really what I was looking for, and I am
    very happy to come here. Thank you very much
    earn to die
    earn to die 2
    earn to die 3
    Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and finally got the
    earn to die 4
    courage to go ahead and give youu a shout out from
    earn to die 6
    Austin Texas! Just wanted to tell
    earn to die 5
    Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and finally got the
    happy wheels
    strike force heroes
    you keep up the fantastic work!my weblog
    age of war
    earn to die 5
    good game empire
    tank trouble
    tank trouble 2
    strike force heroes

  17. A good blog. Thanks for sharing the information. It is very useful for my future. keep sharing
    red ball 2 | duck life 2 | happy wheels |
    Red Ball | Red ball 3 | Flash Games| Tank trouble

  18. Great! Thanks for sharing the information. That is very helpful for increasing my knowledge in this fiel
    Red Ball | | duck life | Slitherio
    Red Ball 2 | Red Ball 3 | Red Ball 4

  19. Welcomes to google terminal keep sharing such ideas in the future as well.
    google snake this was actually EARN TO DIE
    what i was looking for,and i am glad to came here! AGE OF WAR 2
    Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a while HAPPY WHEELS
    I want you to thank for your time of this wonderful read!!! Slitherio
    Amazing insight you have on this, Slither io This article always blew me BIG FARM

  20. Website that you create really really nice and very interesting to see in. I am very happy to be visiting here
    obat ginjal bengkak

  21. Your website is very cool and interesting. I was amazed it was really great @ obat tradisional asam urat

  22. Turmeric Has Latin name Curcumae Domesticae Rhizoma, sometimes in our society turmeric also called the name of turmeric, is one of the spices and medicinal plants native to the Southeast Asia region. These plants then have spread to areas of Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and even Africa.
    Kandungan dan Manfaat Kunyit sebagai Obat Tradisional

  23. a very interesting story to us impregnated together and I think this is very interesting. thank willing to share with us a very inspiring story this.. gadispoker
    Your article was excellent and I would give it a try

  24. today I am very happy because they can find a great site and this interesting obat tradisional pikun . I was amazed by you. You are very innovative and full of creativity. This really really rare obat tradisional miom

  25. The game controls are shown just under . Movement mechanisms primarily include acceleration and tilting controls.
    five nights at freddy's 2 | five nights at freddy's 4 |
    fireboy and watergirl 2 | 2048 game | red ball 5 | age of war

  26. The blog or and best that is extremely useful to keep I can share the ideas. Age Of War 2
    Big Farm | Slitherio | Tank Trouble
    Of the future as this is really what I was looking for, I am very comfortable and pleased to come here. Thank you very much.
    Happy Wheels | Goodgeme Empire |

  27. Super website with a great sharing and amazing stories is ur web.. please keep doing what u do now.. thanks to you. Agen Bola Resmi
    Bandar bola
    Agen Bola Terpercaya
    Agen Bola Terbesar
    Agen Bola online
    Judi bola
    Berita Bola
    Agen Sbobet
    Agen Ibcbet

  28. The blog or and best that is extremely useful to keep I can share the ideas
    of the future as this is really what I was looking for, I am very comfortable and pleased to come here. Thank you very much.
    five night at freddys 4 | fireboy and watergirl | five night at freddys |
    2048 game