After weaning my second child from breastfeeding, I had some time where I could definitely feel my emotions and hormones going crazy; they were dragging me into a depressed state. My body had a major adjustment to go through. I felt so sad and did not know why.
I was in the living room folding laundry. The kids were playing upstairs. In that moment I felt this wave of sadness and lack of self-worth flow through me.
It was scary. My mood changed and I wanted to run and hide, but I know those two kids needed me around. I felt this hand on my shoulder holding me steady so I didn’t need to run. I knew I had to take a moment to focus on the blessing of my children and husband. The blessing of our home and my work as a mother.
Right then and there, I needed a reality check, and luckily my husband came home from work at just the right time.
There are still days when my life gets a little too busy, or I start to want things that I do not need, and I get out of balance. My emotions get out of whack and I find myself wanting to run from my life as a mom.
I do not think that the baby blues are only reserved for immediately after the baby is born. I have to force myself to re-focus on my children and husband daily. I have to keep my priorities in focus. I have to rely on faith.
Children are a blessing and a gift from the Lord.Psalm 127:3, CEV
“A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight”Proverbs 11:1, KJV
All moms can relate to feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and stressed. You are not alone!
We are keeping human beings alive and teaching them to thrive! That is hard work, and it is the most important work we will do in our lives.
God has given our children to us for their life to teach them. He has also given us to our children. It is a perfect balance if we let it be by keeping His mission for us intact and not getting sidetracked and over stretched by trying to live up to worldly ideals.
No one can do it all, and we should not be sacrificing our children in our attempts to try to make it all work.
What has made you feel challenged in motherhood? Did you/Do you experience any postpartum depression? What helps you re-balance?
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