This month, during Thanksgiving, many of us find ourselves expressing extra gratitude. We are looking back over a trench we have crossed, the trench of new motherhood. For some of us, that trench was deep and treacherous because we experienced Postpartum Depression or other Perinatal Mood Disorders. For some of us, we crossed it with more ease, but it was still a struggle, and we had our moments feeling stuck, lonely, thankless.
However deep in the trench you are, we want to say that we see you, and we are here to stand with you, behind you, before you, beside you and beneath you. If you are going through a Perinatal Mood Disorder, we know you may not be able to access gratitude easily. So we want to share ours with you.
As a team we want to tell you these things. We are thankful that you woke and arose this morning, to face the day and move through it. You are enough. You are exactly who your baby needs. You are learning and growing together. The early days and weeks and months of motherhood are intense! The road may be twisty and full of potholes — but also remarkable views. Cherish the small victories, breathe it all in. Reach out and ask for help. We are here for you and sending love.
Thank you for getting up in the middle of the night to the squeal of your baby, for holding and nursing, and lovingly changing the wet diaper. Even in the hard place you are in, you give to the one who needs you. This is precious and we are grateful for you. Thank you for choosing to get up today. Thank you for pouring unconditional love on your little one, even through the tears, dirty diapers, and long nights. Thank you for sacrificing so much time and energy to care for your family. Remember, you are loved, valued, and supported. Take time for yourself today to meditate, breathe, soak up the sun. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You have a community around you who cares. Our hope is that your cup is filled to overflowing today.
Thank you for recognizing the need to reach out for some extra support when you were feeling “not yourself” and overwhelmed. Reaching out shows just how brave and courageous you are and that you value your wellbeing. You are stronger than you know! Believe it or not, strength is demonstrated when we reach out in vulnerability.
Thank you for calling, for letting us in, and for seeking help from your partner, community, and caretakers. We know it can require a huge effort to start seeking help. Thank you for your boldness in reaching out.
Thank you for being wholly you, just as you are. You are enough. Carry on momma!
All the love, your Baby+Company Nashville Team