When I tell people that my wife still breastfeeds they tend to see me as incredibly lucky. After all, I pretty much sleep through the nights. I have done since Isabelle was around 8 weeks old. In part, its mostly down to the fact that Rachel still breastfeeds.

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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 this week, well Isabelle actually rolled over for the first time. She’s teased us a couple of times, but she’s always given up about half way. Usually getting to that stage takes her quite a while. This time, however, it took her almost no time…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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