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Friday, August 26, 2011

I may not personally know other mothers who felt as helpless as I did during Aspen's first year of life, but at least I know a Utah Celebrity Mom who did.

Whenever I think I'm just over-dramatic and selfish and a horrible parent, I remember Heather Armstrong.

During postpartum, her family decided she should spend time in a psychiatric ward for treatment. Does that make her love her first-born less? Does that make her a bad parent? Does that make her ungrateful for her daughter? No. It does not.

I'm not ungrateful either. I'm not a bad parent. I don't love my daughter less than I should. I may not be diagnosed with postpartum depression, but I legitimately suffered a lot emotionally. Although I cherish my daughter and would never go back to the days before she joined our family, it was the hardest thing I've ever done to emotionally and mentally survive those newborn days. You guys, it was so hard that my sister called me every day on her lunch break to make sure I was okay.

If you'd like to learn a little more about Heather (aka Dooce), check out her website. Today she posted the speech she gave at the ceremony to celebrate 80 new beds in the hospital ward where she took the first steps toward recovering from her postpartum depression.

1 comment:

  1. My mom was placed in a psychiatric ward after my second oldest brother. She went in for a lot of different reasons. She loves all of her children and I know that. I applaud anyone who can admit their feelings, because they're not the only ones that have dealt with those issues.

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