Since I decided to share a very difficult moment previously about my postpartum depression with Liam I have decided to write about another very difficult moment for me. It was during a time when I felt very lonely, sad and confused. I figured if only one person reads and feels comfort in knowing that they aren’t the only one that went through what I went through, then this would have done some good. I know I wish I had had that at my moment of darkness.
Eleven months after Liam was born as the fog had begun to slowly roll away and I saw specks of sunshine I began entertaining the thought of having another child. I always wanted two kids and to have them close together in my head was ideal. I also thought that “if I could get this part over with” then I could actually begin to enjoy having children. Please understand it isn’t that I was so negative about babies and pregnancy, however my first experience was not exactly a perfect scenario and I was looking forward to being a completed family and progressing from there.
Some people I am sure think it would be crazy to get pregnant so quickly after coming out of such a difficult time but quite honestly I also didn’t think I was going to get pregnant so quickly….but I did. I was very excited and to be honest a little scared. I had “What did I get myself into moment.” Unfortunately unlike my pregnancy with Liam where I slept and ate all the time, the only thing I was successful in doing the first 5 months was throwing up and losing not gaining weight. On the upside I had a lot of energy, shocking for someone who felt so ill. With that said I cried … a lot. But who wouldn’t if you spent most of your day hanging over a toilet or sink. It wasn’t until I spent a day with a dear friend of mine that my husband picked up on something not being right.
I came home from my day of shopping, chatting, and even successfully eating lunch, and Will asked me how it was. I remember looking at him and saying it was fine and then bursting into tears. He looked at me shocked and then I blurted out, “I am sad all the time and I cry all the time.” He looked at me and without saying a word knew we were right back where I was 5 months ago.
Well maybe not right back where I was. With my postpartum depression I felt numb and emotionless. This was exactly the opposite I felt horrible, sad, depressed and on top of that I felt ashamed. This is exactly what I wanted, how dare I feel anything but happiness. It was a two day battle between my well intentioned husband and me to get me to call the doctor. I remember the nurse asking why I was making the appointment and in a small embarrassed voice I uttered, “I am depressed.”
I was so humiliated and I could not bring myself to look at the doctor when I explained everything I was feeling. The only other people I even dared to share a small portion of what I was feeling were my parents and even that made me feel terrible. Everyone around me was so excited about my pregnancy but I just cried. When we found out that we were having a girl ( my dream was complete) I felt indifferent and that kills me now.
There are a lot of things looking back that pains me but I try to remember that this wasn’t my fault. I did not bring it on myself and it did not dictate what kind of person I was or even what kind of mother I would be. I guess if anything it taught me a lot about how lucky I am to have the wonderful husband and family who supported me. I am also very grateful for how I feel now and can enjoy my precious lovely children and most of all, our family is complete.