You Can't Pour From an Empty Cup, Mama
After our second son was born, I received an unexpected package in the mail from my cousin. When I saw the box I assumed it was a gift for the new baby. I was overwhelmed with emotion when I opened a bright, delightfully smelling box of comforting items just for me.
In the package was an over-sized '#happy' mug. At that time I was feeling anything but #happy. Getting out of bed was painful. One day blurred into the next. Every little thing made me irritable or anxious. But I started using the mug every day. I made it a point to write in the brightly colored journals. I felt thankful for the look and feel of the yellow lemon juicer.
As weeks passed, then months, I began making changes that set me on the path to wellness.
I decided to intentionally make my postpartum health as much of a priority as the health of my baby.
I reconnected with spirituality practices. I researched, wrote about, and began practicing mindfulness. I started morning and evening self-care routines. And I'm not afraid to say I started medication for anxiety and depression. My perspective changed, the fog lifted, colors became brighter.
I remembered what it felt like to laugh.
The quote below was shared in my online support group for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and it was a game-changer for how I think of myself now that I'm a mother.
Suddenly I knew I didn't have to fit into the mold of my old self that felt so uncomfortable. I could plant myself firmly in the present and grow.
Becoming a mother is a transformation that often gets overlooked in our culture, in the shadow of the beautiful, new baby. We can give ourselves permission to evolve, grow, and change. In fact, we are called to do so as we embrace new versions of ourselves while we welcome a new baby.
In the past year, I have learned so much about how maternal health care can and should be. So now I'm doing what I can to make positive experiences more common for more women.
I would never have guessed this is where my journey into motherhood would lead me. But my writing and business adventures would not have been possible if I hadn't been motivated by that care package to make myself a priority.
So, I've made that same type of gift I received available for others to send to new moms everywhere!
Feedings, diaper changes, playtime, naptime, pumping, laundry, dishes, meals...taking care of a little one is exhausting.
Remind her how important she is!
The products included will uplift her spirit and inspire her to make self-care a priority. She'll appreciate this care package if it's her first baby or her fourth!
If you purchase a box of sunshine I'd love to have you reach out and connect with me!
Tell me about yourself and the mom you're sending the gift to. I'm here for you because I really believe it takes a village!
Peace and love for your journey!