I'm not sure if there's anything more heartbreaking with a greater stigma attached than postpartum depression, yet, postpartum mental illness is disturbingly common. As much as 85% of women will experience some form of postpartum mood disruption ranging from the "baby blues", to anxiety, to depression, and even psychosis. And while there has been great … Continue reading Surround Yourself: Using Scripture to Help Battle Postpartum Depression
I was tired. Physically tired. The first reaction of course is, "Well, you have a newborn, Cate, of course you're tired." But the baby was sleeping incredibly well - eight or so hours a night - so I was getting sleep. I couldn't figure out why simple task like walking or holding the baby seemed … Continue reading How to Heal from Postnatal Depletion
The baby is almost three months old, and I have to admit something. I'm nowhere near where I would like to be, fitness level wise. I knew that returning to running after a baby would be hard - I've done it before, and it's always hard. You're carrying extra weight, your core is weak, and … Continue reading How to Return to Running After Baby
If it seems like it's been a while since my last post, that's because it has been. I knew that having a fourth child would be crazy, but I don't think I was prepared for the level of crazy that my house is currently living. Life with four kiddos is B-A-N-A-N-A-S! I'm reminded of that … Continue reading Life With Four
We are in the home stretch! I'm so looking forward to welcoming our baby girl, but the end of pregnancy always feels so long yet nowhere near enough time to prepare for everything. Let's face it, you never are fully prepared for motherhood. It just happens by the grace of God. The nesting instinct has … Continue reading Foods to Prep for Postpartum
What an experience! I'm so grateful for how the race went, and even though I'm disappointed in my performance, I really couldn't have asked for a better day. I went into it with a goal of breaking 2:15, but like I said before, wasn't stressing too much about it. Well, the day before the race, … Continue reading Apple Dumpling Days 1/2 Marathon Recap
Holy cow does time fly. Seriously! My baby is now four months and I'm staring at the unforgiving face of another school year. Why is it we wait the entire winter for summer, and then is gone in the blink of an eye? Not cool, time. Not cool. If your summer has been anything like … Continue reading 4 Months Post and Summer Recap.
If there's one thing motherhood's taught me is that I can control nothing. Absolutely nothing. As a control freak by nature, this does not sit well with me. Oh, I've adapted my actions and reactions to try and embrace the laissez-faire attitude, but it goes against my nature and I have to work at it. … Continue reading Go with the Flow
6 weeks, baby! Finally got to this point! Although in truth, I feel like the time flew by in a blur; funny how having a newborn makes time both slow down and speed up simultaneously. This will be my last weekly update. I will still be providing updates each month and posting regularly, but now … Continue reading 6 Weeks Post: Let’s Do This!
Warning: This is a frustrated rant from a frustrated momma. If you've been following this blog, perhaps you've been a little disconcerted by the positive tone. (At least I've tried to keep it positive.) The whole, "Keep going! You can do it! Don't stop believing - yada, yada!" chirps like an annoying friend who keeps … Continue reading Truth: Postpartum Kinda Sucks