Friday, 7 June 2013

Bring Me Back To Life...


I won't lie, having Holly was the proudest moment of my life. The most amazing moment of my life. There are other achievements in my life I'm proud of like gaining a degree, but bringing another human into the world is by far the most special. Yet as I am being honest I have to also say that afterwards I was a mess. A whirling tornado of hormones, I didn't know what I was doing or who I was anymore. I expected having a baby to be hard, and I was happy to cope with the sleepless nights and exhaustion. What I wasn't prepared for was the emotional & psychological effect. The worry. The guilt. The fear. The pain. I was consumed. Overwhelmed. I felt like I was drowning. Drowning in not a sea, but a thick, dense fog. Everything was cloudy. Everything in my life was dull, in shades of grey. I would smile, but it would be a neutral smile, with undertones of grey. If I am totally honest, maybe the blue had gone from my eyes, leaving only the cold, hard slate grey in it's place.  I loved my child, I could not have loved her more fiercely, but life beyond her paled by comparison. In the cold days of winter all I wanted to do was hide away. Take my precious family and hibernate. I wasn't ready for the world. I felt exposed, inadequate and scared.

Time passed and things grew easier. Warmer weather came to stay. I was more laid back. The fog had lessened. There were still times when it seeped back, as thick and debilitating as before, but those times grew less frequent.  Still though, I didn't feel myself. I felt empty of me. I was full of love for my baby, my partner, but not for myself. I was nothing without the baby. A non entity. I loved and laughed with my family around me, but without them I couldn't remember how to be. I didn't know who to be. Who was I, without my family?


All too soon, winter returned and while I had moved on and relaxed, the same feelings reared their heads. Hard wired into me psyche. I felt the fog come over me. This time though, I had the strength to fight. Things weren't the same. I knew I had to stand firm. It wasn't easy,  but I got through and found joy that I didn't know I had. I found strength. This time, despite the fog, I was able to breathe.

So what about now? The fog has come and gone. In this, the 2nd summer of motherhood. I feel like it has finally lifted. I almost feel like me. The me I was before. Yet not less than before. Even more. Stronger, and fiercer for all the demons I faced.  Having a baby changed my life, and it would be entirely foolish to tell anyone that it doesn't.  Having a child changes you forever, you shouldn't expect to adjust to it quickly. A child is a living, growing thing, they change as often as the tides of the sea.

This summer is a revelation to me.  I am starting to see the true shape of the wonderful family we are.   I don't know what it was that finally tipped the balance. That let me breathe again. I owe a lot to friends.  Who were gentle with me. Not expecting too much, and having the sense to hold back when I needed it and hold out a hand when I was ready.  New friends showed me that I wasn't alone. That I had more to look forward to than I ever dreamed possible.

Dear friends, thank you for helping me. For helping me to be me. For showing me that while being a mummy requires sacrifice, I can still be me.  Thank you for bringing me back to life.









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7 comments:

Galina Varese said...

Hugs! Motherhood is a hard job, at times completely thankless but it makes us stronger and better (and also more vulnerable and emotionally fragile). I have my seasons of depression, which come and go, there are months when I feel fine, there are days when I feel incredibly depressed, I don't know if it will ever completely disappear. Glad you have a supportive circle of friends

SarahMummy said...

What a lovely post, so glad you've turned a corner. Early motherhood is so hard and sometimes you don't even realise how hard and how lost you are in it until you're through it. #PoCoLo

Marilynn said...

Thank you for your lovely comment. Comforting to know I am not alone. Sorry that you still have bad times. Hopefully as time passes they will lessen even more. Until then, I hope you have some lovely people to help and support you when you need it.

Marilynn said...

Thank you. Yes that is very true. There were definitely times where I didn't realise it was so bad/hard until it had passed. I am so glad I am not in that place anymore, but at the the same time I don't wish it had never been that way. Maybe that's what makes me appreciate how good things are now.

Sara Murray said...

I didn't realise quite how hard I had found the first year with my oldest until my second arrived and it was so much easier and I felt so much better. It sometime requires quite a step back to see clearly - and to be able to work through it. It's the hardest, but most rewarding, job in the world and I think we sometimes expect too much of ourselves. I'm so glad you've come out the other side, stronger. It's an amazing journey! #PoCoLo

Tori Wel said...

It is such a massive change being a Mum that I don't think anything can prepare you for it. You have - and are - doing a wonderful job. I totally agree that you never feel the same way again. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo again xx

Sonya Cisco said...

I always think as you head in towards them turning two you gain more and more of yourself back! x

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