I wish you could hear me clinking on a wine glass. Because I so am. In my head at least.
The Clever Girls Collective and Shutterfly have teamed up to spread the word that it’s Spring! Finally! Even if you live in a part of the country that is still getting random snow flurries! (And yes, I hear that happened yesterday. And not in Alaska either. Here? We’ve already had our first 90 degree day. Not that I’m bragging or anything. ahem.)
I know that there are people who would love to see me announce “Surprise! We’re pregnant!” But…well…sorry. Though part of me really wishes I would have an opportunity to go looking for birth announcements soon. Because what’s not to love about “ooohing” and “aaaaahing” over wee behbehs in hats?
But, alas. That is not what my announcement for this Spring is.
Want to know what my announcement is? Lean a little closer so I can shout in your ear.
By this time next week? I will be done with my meds for PPD/A. Totally, completely, 100% done. D-O-N-E.
Do you know how awesome that feels?
It is liberating to be at a point where my dosage has been halved, and now it’s every other day, and I. Am. Okay. Especially when I didn’t think this day would ever get here.
I’ve reached a point where I know that a bad day is just a bad day. And in the words of Scarlett O’ Hara, “Tomorrow is another day” and I know that tomorrow is going to be okay. I know that I’m okay for now and if I suffer from PPD/A again with a future child, that’s okay. I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it and stop living in fear of the what-ifs.
This Spring, I am taking my life back.
As a PPD/A mom, it’s hard to write about feeling better. About feeling okay. About feeling like “the old me” again. Because there’s something about writing that that seems like I’m rubbing the noses of moms who are struggling into their troubles. And that’s not something I’d ever do.
I guess I’m making this announcement in part because I’m happy. Genuinely, soulfully happy, for the first time in two years. And also because I want to give moms who are still struggling a little bit of hope that one day, they will be okay, too.
I’m absolutely horrible at remembering to print pictures, but I feel like I need some sort of reminder of the past two years. Shutterfly has given me two photo books, so to document my journey, I’ve decided to comb through the pictures I’ve taken over the past two years and put them into one of their photo books. I’m creating a memory book that walks me through the moments that have helped me survive PPD/A. I have the blog and those are my words, but I want the ease of looking through those memories that gave me hope.
I hope to have my book completed by Mother’s Day. A nice little gift to myself, you know?
And, because that awesomely spectacular holiday is right around the corner, I’m giving the other photo book to one of you!
Yep. That’s right. One of you will win an 8×8 photo book from Shutterfly.
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Happy Spring, y’all!
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