Sunday, July 3, 2011

Breakthrough


I kind of fell off the face of the planet.

Not really...but really.

For awhile there I was doing so well.  Writing at least a post a day, making my readers laugh, posting pictures of the midget.

Then it seems like it all came crashing down.  There isn’t any one particular straw that broke this camel’s back.  It was a dang haystack.  And I was the needle.  Good luck finding that.

The other day I came on to search a recipe that I knew I had posted a couple of years back and I saw that my last post was from almost three months ago, and who the heck is that little boy, surely he isn’t my little man that is toddling all over the place yelling “To Infinity…and Beyond” (or at least a garbled version of that) and swinging in the big boy swing.  Surely it hadn’t been THAT long since I’d taken some time to write something, anything.

But it has.  I’m ashamed.  And you know what?  There has been a notable difference in me, in my “real” life since I stopped writing.  And not in a good way.

There are many things that I have shared on this blog over the years.  For Christ’s sake, I postedsticks THAT I HAD PEED ON for the entire world to see.  But I always stopped short of sharing what I have, for a very long time now; felt was too much to share, especially knowing that I have family that follows.  I didn’t want to be bombarded by questions, thought differently of, or be worried about.  I didn't want to be judged.

That choice to not share is what lead to me not posting, lead to me getting touchier and touchier with my husband, lead me to wanting to scream every time my son had a temper tantrum.  Without an outlet to share I bottled up all these feelings and have since taken them out on the two closest targets, my two loves of my life.

How is that good?  It’s not.

My dear friend Miranda at Not Super…Just Mom is actually why I’m writing today.  Miranda has, from the very beginning been very open and honest about her struggle and survival of PPD.  The other day she wrote a post about slipping.  After a hellacious day she was done.  She needed a break.  She needed a hug.  She needed reassurance that she was not only a good mom, but a great one.

And she got it.

She got it from her friends.

She got it from her readers.

She got it from her family.

She got it because she put it out there.  She wrote about how hard of a time she was having and how she felt and what she needed.

Reading that made me realize that my bottling up and not talking about my own experience wasn’t helping me; if anything it was hindering me and making things worse.  It made me realize that I can’t get support from anyone if no one even knows I’m struggling.

Because I am.  And I have been for almost two years now.  I remember the day I said to my husband “I think I need to talk to my doctor about going on meds,” and he looked at me and said “I agree.”  Wake up call much?  For months I had been struggling with it all, trying to figure out how to be super-mom, super-wife, super-everything and for months I kept disappointing myself and feeling that I wasn’t good enough and never would be.  And for months I took it out on Randy.

Finally I called my doctor.  I sat in her office and cried.  I cried for the months of feeling like a failure.  I cried for the months of being so angry at my husband and having no idea why.  I cried for the months of just wanting to run away, turn back time, just let go.

I cried because I was depressed.  I know that now.  It wasn’t that I was a bad wife.  It wasn’t that I was a horrible mother.  I cried because, like so many other women out there I had a condition known as Postpartum Depression.

I left her office that day feeling like a weight, albeit a small one, had been lifted off my shoulders.  Along with a prescription I had strict orders to exercise, take “me time” and to talk.  I followed these orders for quite some time.

And then I stopped working out.

And then I stopped writing.

And then I started snapping at my husband for every little thing and thinking I must be just a horrible mother because who else but a horrible mother would let their child have a nervous breakdown at the thought of a juice box that didn’t have Lightning McQueen on it?

It hit me last week that I hadn’t worked out in months.  I hadn’t really taken “me time” in awhile either, and I hadn’t written anything or talked to anybody in a real long time. 

It hit me that I needed to stop this before it lead me down that dark path any farther.

So this week I went to Zumba for the first time.  I’ve never had so much fun burning a ridiculous number of calories before.  This week I went to Target, by myself, just to walk around.  This week I wrote.

This week, I’ll start to feel better. 

15 comments:

Adri said...

So glad to see you back! I'm glad that you found the motivation to share and let your feelings all out. It really does help to do that from time to time and when time passes, and you've overcome the obstacles, you'll read back and see how far you've come!

I'm glad you went to Zumba too! I've been dying to try it! :D

Stay positive! <3(: Xo!

-Adri
www.macheriecreations.com

deesscenicroute said...

Good for you. I hope you are able to find your way back to you and this is a wonderful and very scary and hard step by putting it all out there. Kudos.

xoxo

Gina said...

Good for you - one small step at a time is all it takes. We're here when you need us!

baker_ame said...

Glad to have you back. It's very courageous of you to open up about your PPD. There are plenty of us mamas out here dealing with the same feelings.

mommymandi said...

I hope you are feeling better soon. Sounds like you are taking all the right steps to do so. :)

Kristina said...

Baby steps are such an integral part of getting where you want to be... I look forward to reading more about your journey!

MamaRobinJ said...

Here to give you so much love and support. Your story is so, so similar to mine. It wasn't until I started blogging that I started to feel better. Writing is cathartic. It didn't make me better - I still crashed mightily - but I found the support I needed.

Good for you. Keep writing. You're not alone in this.

Amber Lena said...

I'm right there with you.. I stop blogging when I feel myself slipping back into (postpartum) depression, which kinda defeats the purpose, right? Writing has been the number one cathartic activity for me. Write on, woman. We're listening.

Sandy said...

It is such a weight off when you realise that it is PPD and not you isn't it but when those set backs come, it's so easily forgotten. Well done on me time and for putting it all out there!

story girl said...

Just coming to lend a few extra hugs and some support. Admitting that you're struggling is SO HARD. This is a beautiful post, and I'm so proud of you for taking care of yourself this week. Keep fighting the good fight.

Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness girlfriend, there's nobody who could understand better than other moms!

Alena @ Charmingly Chandler said...

I'm glad you're back!! Sometimes it's really easy to slowly slip back...and not realize it. It's on the days when you CRASH back down that it's easy to recognize!!!

:hugs:

pinkflipflops said...

(((((((()))))) missed you woman!

Miranda said...

<3 you, friend. Millions.

Amber Koter-Puline said...

Good for you! You are now a proud Survivor (or "surviving") Mama! :)