In case you missed my review of the great new Baby Orajel Naturals teething product, you can still read it here (though the giveaway has ended). I also wanted to let you know that if you are one of the lucky women attending the BlogHer conference in NYC on August 3-4, 2012, you can visit the Baby Orajel folks at Booth 1100 to learn more about taking care of your little one’s teeth and gums! They may even have some product samples to share with you so be sure to stop by.
The support I received was amazing - comments, emails, tweets. It was so nice to talk with other women who dealt with similar issues and to offer encouragement to those still struggling.
A few days after I clicked publish on that post, I started drafting part 2 - what I did to get back to "me" and get better. I composed and deleted that post so many times since March. I wasn't concerned with opening up about what I have done to get better. However, I was terrified of claiming to be "better" and past my PPD/PPA days when I was a short 5 weeks away from giving birth again.
I was so worried I would post about how wonderful I felt, how I knew what to look out for, what medications work and don't work, only to find myself right back in those dark places I slipped into after Kate's birth.
So, I waited.
And waited some more.
Would talking about how I successfully overcame PPD/PPA "jinx" me into having major issues again? What if things were worse the second time? What if what I found to work no longer worked?
Thankfully I was aware of my fears. And? I honestly believe that blogging about my experiences made me even more aware than I thought I was which allowed me to openly discuss things with Alex and prepare for Will's birth with my medical team.
I am pleased to share that I am doing wonderfully and did not suffer from anything, not even the baby blues, after Will's birth.
Maybe it's having my medication just right. Maybe it's because I was more aware and prepared this time. Maybe it was because I was open with my prior struggles and had a community praying for me. Maybe having a baby that has been a great sleeper from the get-go made a difference.
All I know is that I feel amazing and I am thriving in my current role as mom of two kids under two!
And I know that I am finally ready to start drafting the final part of "becoming a better me". I am ready to share what I did, and am still doing, to stay mentally healthy.
Be on the look out for this post! Hopefully it will be up within a week or so!
And a huge thank you to everyone that took the time to check on me after Will's birth - who remembered my struggle and wanted to make sure I was doing ok. I greatly appreciate the support that I have found through this wonderful blogging community!