I'll be honest. For us, it's been incredibly easy getting Isabelle to engage in as much tummy time as possible. Truth be told, she really isn't fussed on being on her back. She'll lie there, but unless you're changing her, playing with her legs or doing something stupid to amuse her, she doesn't like it. Instead, what she does want, is to be on her front. We've also been incredibly lucky that Isabelle has had really good neck strength from a very early age. Here she is a little under 4 weeks old, sat happily in her bouncer without the need to get held up:
Usually I have a nice little YouTube video to go along with my weekly blog. But this week I opted to do one based off one of my other blog posts, so you can watch me talk about helping Rachel to breastfeed by heading here (that link is just my YouTube channel as I haven't finished the upload yet, so just subscribe and wait for it to be done, or keep reading), or read about it here.
Since I really like to do silly, useless videos on YouTube, I thought I'd start this week off with that. I'm still not very good at doing videos, and I will eventually start editing, but at this time you're stuck with this. This week I talk about Isabelle teething, attending baby classes and then a [...]
Due to the fact that this week has been #PNDAW17 I've found myself posting a few bits about that (here and here). But rather than do a video based on week 19, I've opted to do the vlog version of my postnatal depression story. So, if you fancy watching something instead of reading, here it is: As for [...]
I'll admit, when Rachel first told me she spent £40 on something that simply makes some white noise, it's safe to say I was pretty sceptical. In my opinion, it was something that was simply being sold to overly panicked parents who wanted a quick fix for an easy night. It was something that I felt took a little bit of the parenting away. Rather than actually comforting your baby, you can just use this. And also, I have a Spotify account, ergo I have plenty of white noise albums for babies. Why spend £40 on something that I already have on my phone. But, just like Jerry Orbach says in Dirty Dancing, when I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong. And thus far, it's actually working.
Postnatal depression, much like depression in general, is a horrendous, crippling condition. But it's something that may have been developed over time to benefit our survival as a species. As much as we like to think we've come a long way since our ancestors of the Neolithic era, in reality, we're not that different. Of course, our technology has drastically changed, but underneath the gadgets and the gizmos we're still pretty much the same animal.
Having postnatal depression is crap. But, like many illnesses it's not just the person who has it who suffers. It's also the people that live with them that have to go through it as well. That's what happened to me. I didn't suffer from postnatal depression, my husband did. I'm currently hijacking his blog to talk to you about what helped us through his postnatal depression. Luckily for me, or maybe not, I've grown used to his depression. He's had depression pretty much most of our relationship, so I've been here before, but I wasn't prepared. At all. Knowing him, and knowing that this was everything he wanted, since very early on in our relationship, it was an incredibly hard thing to watch and cope with. Still to this day, I'm not quite sure how I didn't have a breakdown myself. Anyway, here's my five things to help with someone going through postnatal depression.
Today started pretty early. By 5:50 I was on the top deck, watching the sunrise and smoking a Cuban cigar. Don't get me wrong, I probably looked a little bit like a dick. A cigar really doesn't suit me. But it's on my bucket list to smoke one, and doing it in that setting seemed like as good a place as any.