Just checking in to let you know that everything is good here. I finished up my maternity leave when Daniel was 8 weeks old (too short, but it was unpaid) and I went back to work. I have not struggled with postpartum depression in any form, aside from being sad about leaving my baby to work. Daniel is a happy baby who is not sleeping through the night, but he is sleeping so much better than my first son. In fact, Daniel is an absolute joy in every way. He’s incredibly easy-going.
I’m not sure why things have been so much better with baby number two but my husband and I think there are a variety of factors. First, my anti-inflammatory diet. I’m serious when I say that no gluten or dairy agrees with me and the baby. Also, I have virtually not eaten out once since Daniel’s birth. I’m making my own food, which means that it’s fresh and unprocessed. It’s a necessity for financial reasons and our health has been great…(until recently). Secondly, my husband and I are experienced parents and rarely panic when the baby cries. We take everything in stride. Lastly, breastfeeding started off being easy from the start and continues well. Daniel is pushing 15 pounds of yummy baby-deliciousness.
He’s now 14 weeks old and suffering from his first cold. Poor sweet thing.
Oh yeah, I ate school lunch again. I couldn’t resist… You’ll have to see what it was… in my next post….