Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Six Months Old!

I am a bad blogger. I apologize.

Eleanor turned 6 months old last Saturday. So much has changed since I last wrote. As is probably obvious, I was so anxious all the time and I really wasn't enjoying motherhood as much as I wanted to. In November, the counselor I've been seeing since I had Joseph suggested I go see her colleague, the psychiatrist, about possibly going on meds for PPD.

I wasn't sure about it. I wanted to feel better, but I didn't want to take meds if I didn't have to. I thought maybe my problems were related to sleep deprivation - by November, Eleanor had become completely dependent on her pacifier to sleep, and was waking up 6-8 times a night wanting it put back in. I was a zombie. So I met with the psych, but we decided we'd work on the sleep issue first and see if that helped.

In mid-November, we taught Eleanor to sleep without the paci, which was remarkably easy and involved almost no crying. The very first night after we took it away, she slept ten hours straight. TEN HOURS. Now, she's fallen into a predictable pattern - bedtime around 7:30, wakes once to eat around 4:30, and then sleeps until 7 or 7:30. It's like heaven.

But I was still a wreck. I can't really describe it - it was just the creeping feeling of always feeling like I was doing something wrong. Even though she was sleeping, I had insomnia. I was anxious and lonely and bored. So around Christmastime, I went back to the psych and we agreed to start me on Prozac.

And...I'm like a different person. I don't know if it's all the Prozac or if Eleanor suddenly got about twice as cute and fun as she had been, or a little of both, but it's been a revelation. She is the BEST. She laughs all the time. She rolls over. She sits up without support. She's learned to scoot herself around on her back. She loves to be bounced up and down. Being her mom is SO MUCH FUN.

In other news, we sold our house. We close on the 31st! I've been running around scheduling movers and packing stuff up and getting ready to go. I'm really excited. I'll also be looking for a job once we get there, which I'm looking forward to.

Rambly post - but I'm hoping to start writing again more. Here are some recent pics:

With Emma (Eleanor's on the right) at Christmas:


Six months old:

8 Comments:

At Tuesday, January 23, 2007 8:33:00 AM, Blogger Catherine said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better and I can't wait to read more of your adventures...I've missed you in the blogosphere.

 
At Tuesday, January 23, 2007 3:35:00 PM, Blogger Julian's Mom said...

So, so glad to see you back! What a doll your little girl is. I also feel like I didn't have too much fun during these first 6-8 weeks, but things are MUCH better now and I finally feel completely connected and in tune with Natalie. She is addicted to her paci, too--how did you wean?

 
At Wednesday, January 24, 2007 9:16:00 AM, Blogger msfitzita said...

So glad to "see" you again, and very, very, very glad to hear you're feeling so much better. Eleanor is a doll - thanks for the pictures!!

 
At Thursday, January 25, 2007 8:51:00 PM, Blogger Kim said...

I am glad to see you are back, I've been worried (in a normal, "She hasn't posted anything in a while," completely non-stalkery way!). Eleanor is really beautiful!

 
At Thursday, January 25, 2007 10:07:00 PM, Blogger lauralu said...

the first six months is hell, isn't it? even with all the joy, it's hellish at the same time. i'm so glad you found a way to get past the hellish parts! eleanor is a doll!

 
At Monday, February 05, 2007 6:59:00 PM, Blogger Kate said...

Gah! Look at those chubby cheeks!

I'm so glad you're back and feeling better... I was worried!

 
At Wednesday, March 07, 2007 12:54:00 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

So glad to see that everything is great. she is so beautiful. I checked the blog a few months ago and did not see a new entry..glad to see you are back.

 
At Thursday, March 22, 2007 3:05:00 PM, Blogger delphi said...

I hope that you get an oppertunity to update us again soon.

Sorry - this is next bit is quite off topic... I have set up a blog for listing Babyloss blogs and for posting helpful resources. My goal is to have a central location for our community to share information and to be a starting point for someone who is journeying this terrible path.

http://babylossdirectory.blogspot.com

If you would like to list your blog in the Directory, please visit the site and email one of the Contributors listed in the sidebar.

Thanks.

 

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