Category: Self Care

How I Knew I Had Postpartum Depression

Posted November 4, 2016 by Niagara Mommy in Mommy Stuff, Self Care / 9 Comments

Postpartum depression is the single hardest thing I’ve ever had to contend with in my life. Don’t get me wrong, giving birth was no picnic either, but having my recovery sabotaged by a dirty little mental illness just made everything so much harder.

 

Postpartum depression is a sneaky little bastard that creeps up on you when you least expect it. It hides in and among your already-raging hormones, stealthily camouflaging itself, and prays not to get caught.

 

But I did. I caught that bugger red-handed, treated it and now I’m the best mom I can be.

But how do you Know You Have postpartum depression?

How I Knew I Had Postpartum Depression

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Spousal Sign Language: Staying in Touch After Having Kids

Posted March 11, 2016 by Niagara Mommy in Mommy Stuff, Self Care / 21 Comments

The other day, my husband came up behind me while I was chopping vegetables for dinner. He wrapped his arms around me and snuggled into my neck. I said, “Aw, hi babe. You ok?” He said, “Ya, I just don’t do this enough.”

I melted.

But it occurred to me that one of our biggest challenges as parents isn’t just taking care of the kids, but taking care of our relationship too. Staying in touch, for Niagara Daddy and I, is an imperative part of our daily lives.

Staying in touch after having kids is so important, but so impossible. It's the little touches, snuggles, smiles and gestures that become a way of communicating for parents. Read More