The next time around

02/24/2011 at 8:51 am | Posted in baby sunshine, PPD | 26 Comments
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I will be easier on myself.

I’ll know more. Like how to change a diaper. And soothe a colicky baby.

Breastfeeding will not kick my ass. And if it tries to, I will not be afraid to exercise my resources.

I will ask for help.

And when it’s offered to me, I’ll accept help. And meals. And visits.

A little pal (who CANNOT WAIT to hold her baby brother or sister) will keep me company.

I will recognize the symptoms of PPD and do something about it. And if I can’t see it creeping up, my husband will.

I’ll lean on the miraculous network of people who already have boosted me and this baby up onto their shoulders.

I will try my hardest to relish every sweet moment with my new child.

I’ll go outside. Take the baby for walks. Get some sun on my face.

When someone offers to hold the baby for a while, I will march myself upstairs and take a nap.

I’ll have YOU in my corner.

I will be easier on myself.

The next time around.



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  1. You’ll be wonderful.

    & I’m here to help.

  2. Beautiful. Inspiring. And gives hope!

  3. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Leighann Jones, Suzanne. Suzanne said: New post: The next time around. #ppd #pregnant […]

  4. Amen!

  5. Beautifully written. We all have your back, girl.

  6. Very sweet post! I LOVE this photo 🙂

  7. It’s a very calming feeling sometimes to think about the second one and how we have a chance to “do over” some of the regrets we have from our first.

  8. This was written beautifully. You help give hope to the rest of us.

  9. amen. amen and amen! you are so wise.

  10. Love this post and that picture makes my heart melt!

  11. Just so you know sis…none of us are taking “no” for an answer this time around…we’re with you! As always, you make me proud.

  12. Awesome! You’re already a fabulous mom, and this time you’ll be awesome times 2!!

  13. tears…

  14. XOXO Suzanne. You’ve got this. No sweat.

  15. You got it Momma. I’m here for you. Let’s kick ass this time around shall we.
    You are an inspiration to me and so many other women who have battled this demon. Thank you for taking us along this journey.

  16. Beautiful photo & post! I’m local & more than willing to bring food, hold babies &/or go for walks!

  17. This is so sweet. Love that pic!

    You know we’ll be here for you girl. Come what may.

  18. reminds me of my approach when i encounter boat difficulties (and there have been more than expected lately…but better now and the last few months than from now on with spring right around the corner): “you’re tough, but i’m tougher”

    as of yesterday all systems on cavu (bayliner express cruiser) are working better than ever because of the above approach and excellent support from my marina which is sort of comparable to your more personal support system…even though i know i am tougher than these bugs that creep into my boat’s workings, i still need outside support to knock them out which is what i hear you saying in this post…cavu is an acronym for: ceiling and visibility unlimited…sounds like your outlook from this post…so proud of you…lots of love always

  19. That is a great post!
    And that photo is simply adorable.

    Well done, momma!

  20. I feel like I could have written every single word of this – it is just PERFECT. I’ve got #2 due to arrive in 6 weeks or less and this post is something I will keep coming back to read until I deliver. And after I deliver. It is so encouraging. Thank you for writing it. And what a precious picture before the post. Wishing you the very, very best experience with your new little one. 🙂

    • Thank you for your kind words! And best of luck to you — 6 weeks to go — wow! Can’t wait to follow your journey.

  21. Thank you, everyone, for ALL of the love. What would I do without you?

  22. […] stumbled upon this blog post (and blog) about PPD and finding support through the […]

  23. Suzanne, just letting you know I love this piece you wrote so much that I reference it in my blog post tonight. It’s the first piece of writing i found on PPD last winter when I went through it… thanks for writing it!

    • Oh wow! I can’t wait to read your post. Thanks so much for including me — it’s incredibly rewarding to know that my writing might mean something to someone besides me. 🙂

    • Hi again! I just read your post, and I love it! Tried to leave a comment, but couldn’t get past the spam filter. Love that you’re a Bruce fan — we have more in common than I knew!

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