Dealing with the baby blues during the postpartum period can be a huge surprise to new moms. I know that it was for me.
I had a small inkling that it may take a few weeks for my postpartum emotions to level out, but in reality, it took me a few months, and some days I felt downright bizarre.
I, of course, being the recovering perfectionist that I am, expected everything to be perfect. I expected myself to bounce right into joyful, blissful motherhood without any blips or hiccups.
I expected my body to feel and look completely normal by the time I got home from the hospital.
And I expected for my baby to fall into a relatively normal sleep pattern (maybe waking once or twice a night) quickly and easily.
I was of course surprised (I was so naive!) when none of these things happened!
Now that I have gone through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum adjustments nine different times, I have a few words of wisdom to pass out to anyone who want them!