September 14, 2010
This past weekend, I helped host a baby shower for a dear friend of mine and I wanted to share her story and some of the photos with you. She is having her second little girl and I am sure she will be just as adorable as her first daughter. My dear friend had a rough time with the birth of her first child, over two years ago. She battled with both pre and postpartum depression. It started about four to five weeks prior to her giving birth and lasted approximately ten to twelve weeks afterwards. I watched a dear sweet, vivacious, spunky friend go into a deep depression and turn into someone no one knew, not even herself. She didn't even look or sound like herself. I knew she needed me, if nothing more than to just be there for her. She knew she could call me and I would do what I could to help her get through it. You see, I too, experienced six weeks of depression following the birth of my daughter. I often felt like the walls of our house were closing in on me. Then one day, I just decided 'it's time to stop feeling sorry for yourself and get out for a morning walk', so that is just what I did, everyday, for about six weeks. Sometimes I didn't want to go back home, but I did. I tried to keep myself busy until my wonderful husband came home from work. We talked at great length about what I was feeling, but unlike my friend who got professional help, I did not. I struggled for six long weeks, but I am very happy to say, the depression lifted and I was able to be a good loving mommy to my daughter. I now have two beautiful children whom I absolutely love and adore. Very few people know this little fact about me, until today, when I decided to write about it in my blog to share with you my family, friends and the rest of the world. It is not something to be ashamed of, many women and families go through this type of depression everyday.
Posted by Jennifer Kirlin