Have you ever been handed a mommy business card? You probably thought that mom was straight-up crazy. The small, rectangular-shaped card may have served as a poster promotion of “STAY AWAY, I’M CRAZY.”
Only the more you got to know this mom, you realized she wasn’t crazy. And you all of a sudden kind of, sort of, possibly loved the idea of a piece of paper that you could easily slip to a friend to give and get each other’s info. While moms are responsible for the sippy cups, Nuks, stuffies, koosh balls, and random hair barrettes, there simply aren’t enough hands to program someone’s contact info into your phone while your little ones (not-so-patiently) wait next to your waist.
Every new mother is going to have moments when she feels overwhelmed, exhausted, and like she just doesn’t know what she is doing. Just know that you are not alone, everyone goes through it, and it is OK. Unfortunately parenting is one of those things that you can never be completely prepared for, no matter how many books you read, and you just have to learn along the way and accept that you will never be perfect. Here are a couple of steps to take to ensure that you don’t burn out. However, you should also familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression to ensure that you understand what you are experiencing and know whether or not you need more help.