It’s been nearly 3 months since the birth of our son, Luke. 3 months already? Time has certainly gone by waaaaay too fast.
As you may recall from some of my previous posts, I struggled with PPD after the birth of my daughter and was fearful of it occurring again.
About 4 weeks prior to my due date, I started taking Zoloft 50mg (the lowest dose), as prescribed by my OB/GYN. Upon delivery, my dose was increased to 100mg. While I was undoubtably fatigued the first few weeks after, I never experienced depression, anxiety, or sadness.
Many friends have asked how I’ve been doing and getting along since my delivery, and my answer has proudly been, “Great!” I’m happy to say, I did not experience ANY PPD after the birth of my son!!!!! Praise God!!
Thankfully, I have been able to really enjoy my time at home with my kids for the past 12 weeks!!!
This time around was much different in more ways than one….
- I was induced.
- It took 13 hours to dilated from 3 cm to 10 cm (MUCH faster than the 25 hours it took with my daughter).
- I pushed for a little over an hour. I had only expected to push maybe 4 times since I only pushed for 20 minutes with my daughter… Wrong!
- I ended up having to have a C-Section.
- Both he and I picked up on breastfeeding immediately. He eats like a champ.
- I felt an instant connection to my son…something that took time with my daughter. Yes, I loved her from the get go, but I was just too depressed to really feel that connection and bond immediately.
- I actually took naps in the hospital (something I SHOULD have done with my first).
- I slept when he slept and didn’t try to do laundry and tidy up the house all the time.
- My mom stayed for nearly a month to help cook and clean and lift (lift restrictions with c-section x 4-6 weeks). Huge blessing!
- The weather was nice so I got to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and go on walks. With my daughter it was Winter and I was stuck inside.
- I wasn’t nervous like I was with my first. I had a sense of “I know what I’m doing”, where as with my daughter I was completely clueless! It just felt natural and much easier this time around.
I’m sad maternity leave is over. It’s never long enough. But, I enjoy the interaction with my co-workers and patients and it makes being home in the evenings with my kids that much sweeter!