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Another Pack of Depends, Please
Mama and baby have come a long way since that night in the living room.
My baby was about a week old when I found myself standing in the middle of the living room in nothing but Depends underwear, using my foot to rock baby in the Rock ‘n Play, using one hand to eat a granola bar, and the other hand to pump.
I was dealing with excruciating hemorrhoids (there is nothing worse than hemorrhoids, even a 46-hour drug-free labor!) and my daughter cried for 3 hours straight every evening. She was miserable, and so was I. I felt terrible that I couldn’t do anything to help her, and frustrated that she couldn’t be soothed. I dreaded every evening, and I finally resolved to sitting and crying with her. It was all just too much. Could I really do this?, I wondered.
It was in that vulnerable moment standing in the living room nearly naked and multitasking like I’ve never multitasked before that I had an epiphany of sorts. I just had to laugh. Recovery and those early weeks with baby aren’t glamorous. It’s OK to hurt, to leak a lot of milk, to bleed, to have a body so sore you feel like you can barely move. And it’s okay to acknowledge those challenges and give yourself some grace. I resolved to anticipate challenges, failure, and fear, and I adjusted my attitude and expectations accordingly. — Rachel