Postpartum Depression

postpartum depressionRecently, I became a mother once again.  Once again, this baby had severe reflux.  Once again, our life was turned upside down.  Yes, a new baby will do that.  A sick new baby that cries and writhes in pain for hours and hours on end will do that big time.
I am grateful, very grateful for another healthy baby.  It's just hard, really, really hard to recover from a c-section, help a baby in pain & still be a mother to another child.  After all, the world keeps spinning; homework needs to be done and the home still needs upkeep.
Hormonally, I was also emotional. I was feeling sad at what was & sad at what is now.  Yet, I was grateful.  And I was keenly aware that it would all get better.   In fact, it would be better than before. So, why did I still get moments of sadness?  Suddenly, it dawned on me that once again, I had the Baby Blues.  I had it after the birth of my son.  It lasted about 3 weeks before I improved.  And I  finally returned to "me" at 6 weeks postpartum.  It may not seem like a long time.  However, when your mind is stuck in a trap, it feels never-ending.  Support of family and friends has been critical to my sanity.  Without it, I'd suffer so much more.  So, here's a big thank you to all who have helped in many little and big ways.
This is just a reminder to all new moms and dads to be aware of the Baby Blues, Postpartum Depression & even the not-so-common Postpartum Psychosis.  The Baby Blues typically last about 1-2 weeks and start within the first few days after delivery. Postpartum Depression typically lasts longer than 3 weeks.  Also, Postpartum Depression may not start immediately after birth; it and can start anywhere from 6-12 months after delivery.
Be watchful of the signs of Postpartum Depression.  If you or the new mom is showing any signs of depression, loss of appetite, or difficulty sleeping even when baby us asleep, consider discussing it with her OB/GYN or her regular doctor. There is help available.  Also get help from those around you. Meals, kind words & reassurance can make a big difference.
For more information about Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression, including signs and symptoms and available treatment options, please go to http://bit.ly/Qc9wj5.

Royal Baby | New Baby Fever

No doubt, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have birthed more than a royal baby and new heir to the throne of England.  The new Prince has started "baby fever."  When any celebrity has a child, sales increase, for all things baby. It happened with the birth of JayZ and Beyonce's daughter, Ivy Blue. It happened with the birth of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's daughter, North. Now sales are skyrocketing with the birth of the new Prince.

New mothers want what is best for their children.  They tend to want to buy the best and spend a lot more on their firstborn.  Certainly, the media will fuel this flame.  The media will report every detail they possibly can regarding the Duchess' post-maternity wear, the new heir's wardrobe, his toys, his travel, and the many baby accessories.  
Remember to not get caught up in the ongoing new baby fever.  Being economical and stylish is very much possible nowadays.  Instead of rushing out to buy what Kate's wearing or what stroller the new Prince will use, consider going to your local baby store or surf the net.  Consignments ships are also a great place to buy like new or gently used items if you are on a tighter budget.
Research your products well.  Consumer Reports can advise on stroller & car seat safety, while still providing the average going price for the item you are interested in buying.  Babies 'R Us also has online registry available.  
So, you can easily shop with staying for 3 hours on your very swollen pregnant feet in the store.  The longer you are in the store, the more tired you'll be.  this will make you more likelyto buy more than you otherwise would have bought.  Of course, there will be the extra frill item you want.  If it's in the budget, then go for it.  Your future baby can still be a Prince or Princess in his or her own home for a fraction of the price of the celebrities.
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