Well hello 🙂
As I’m pretty sure everyone out there knows, our family has grown and changed since I started this little blog after having our sweet Nettles.
Now, we are a family of four (2 girls, Nettles and ‘Osie).
Adjusting to 2 kids has been hard…
Getting back on the horse after my unexpected c-section has been hard.
I have Diastasis Recti as well as pelvic floor issues, and am looking at physical therapy to help get these problems corrected.
Mentally, these physical issues along with the normal post baby hormone fluctuations have left me an emotional doofus. (Yes, I am a grown woman who used the word doofus 🤣.)
Postpartum has been so much harder on me (and by extension my poor husband) this time around. Maybe it is the effect of the weather and other seasonal surroundings, maybe it was/is hardships within our extended family that we are trying to walk through all together, or maybe a hundred other things.
Maybe it is all of these things piled on top of each other, all rolling in at once like waves crashing onto shore.
There are no cut and dry answers to what to do in order to conquer the “baby blues” so many moms face. I am thankful for my faith in God, because it is what kept me going during the darkest times this winter.
I am so thankful for the family and friends around us who have helped (and are continuing to help) through this season of life. You know who you are.
You listened to me cry on the phone when I was tired and overwhelmed and just needed grown up ears to let it out to.
You call me, without fail, every week.
You text me to check on me.
You encourage me to go to the doctor, to get up, and get moving.
To soak in my babies.
To trust in my husband.
To lean even farther into God’s arms.
You gave me other people to help, love and focus on to get my mind focused outward toward those who need me.
You are all amazing, and I’m crying just thinking about you while I type this.
Mamas, I know not everyone is blessed with the support that I have, but I do encourage you to try to find it. Put in the work to find a local church for the community and fellowship that is there.
Go to your doctor, and tell them you feel crappy. My doctor is amazing, and checked me over: low vitamin D levels are no joke.
Needless to say, my body isn’t bouncing back as quickly as one could hope, and I definitely can’t get away with just eating whatever I want anymore.
This is heartbreaking for a girl that used to love a good bowl of cookie dough, and a classic movie on a rainy day 😭
A dear friend (you can find her at Humble Motherhood!) introduced me to Trim Healthy Mama last year.
(Let me add a disclaimer here: teaching my tastebuds to like healthy food has been a battle for me. It is hard and slow work, but it is working. I think I will always enjoy unhealthy food, but as I am starting to enjoy healthy foods too, I certainly don’t need it.)
The healthy foods are the ones I am choosing to fill my body, my fridge, and my families tummy’s with.
I have worked really hard this week to stay “on plan”, and I can feel it. Along with a prescription from my doctor for vitamin D, and taking a handful of moments out of my day during nap time to do MUTU System workouts, I feel better. Any noticeable visual changes are a long way away (maybe they won’t ever come) I know, but I feel better. I am more alert, and can focus a little easier. I have more energy to play with Nettles (and ‘Osie) and I’m so thankful for that.
Expect to see more posts here, about life, laughter, and yes: FOOD! The first THM Approved recipe review will be up next week! Some other posts will be revealed soon as well, including ‘Osie’s birth story.
Thank you for listening to the ramble…
Disclaimer: this is a very brief overview of what’s been happening for us. It is not super in depth, but I don’t want anyone to think that means I’m trying to gloss anything over. If you are reading this and are dealing with severe “baby blues” or “postpartum depression” please talk to someone. Your hormones are all over the place, and there is no shame in needing someone to help you walk through these things. Do life together 💕
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All pictures included in this post are courtesy of the talented Sabrina over at Herbert Photography