2016 // Part 1

Y’all. It’s been F O R E V E R since I’ve blogged. At least it feels like it.

I have so much that’s weighing on my heart, but I have no idea how to talk about any of it. I guess I could begin with last year.

Do you ever have those life changing years? A year in which you grow and change as a person because you’ve been through and learned so much? I’ve always thought I was fairly mature for my age, but in the last 12 months I have learned so much. In May of last year I lost a baby. For those of you who have had miscarriages, you know how devastating it can be. I was not prepared for what losing that little life would do to me. 

We found out I was expecting number three and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t very excited. I was just getting my life back together from having Hannah and Charlie.  I was just figuring out how to do life with my little girls and I was NOT ready for something to “screw that up”. Some of you understand that feeling. I’m just getting a hold of this parenting thing and now it’s all going to fall apart again! That’s how I felt. I started praying to be more excited about baby number three and by the time I was happy about it, we got our ultrasound and found no baby. At 11 weeks, we found out that I had miscarried. I lost the baby.  

Those of you who know me well, know that I am not a “cry-er” and that I do not show emotions easily. It didn’t hit me right away. I just updated people that knew about the pregnancy and continued on about my routine. The moment it hit me was the moment it all came out, literally. (Sorry, tmi.) I remember sitting in the bathroom in the middle of the night, crying. I couldn’t breathe. As an INTP personality type, I don’t think I could have gotten there without the help of some wonderful women I know and love. They reminded me of the truth: that tears are healthy and normal and that I did indeed lose a baby. My baby died and it’s okay to cry about it. I am a mother to another little precious life that I never got to meet. 

I stopped answering phone calls and going to church. I stopped talking and fell into depression. I barely functioned. Chris played the role of both dad and mom for at least half a year, if not longer. I   could never wake up in the morning or think straight. I never responded fast enough to the girls. The girls and I could never have thrived like we did without Chris. He really was (and still is) my rock. He kept me together and kept smiles on their faces. I think he learned a lot about me and about servant-hood last year, too. My hormones became like a roller coaster and paired with the depression, I couldn’t see left from right. It was bad. I HATE not being able to function well or THINK and I was starting to get really mad at my situation. I forgot to mention that I had just gotten over postpartum depression right before I got pregnant with my third. I didn’t want to be this foggy and grumpy again. I was over it. O V E R  I T. 

About three months after the miscarriage, I began studying hormone imbalances and praying about my depression, that God would show me a way out. I learned that I had low serotonin through all my research and began changing some things in order to combat that. It changed a lot and made me feel a little more energetic and normal again. I took a personality test and it came up, INTP. (I felt that motherhood had made me lose who I was, so I thought a personality test might give me some answers.) I could write a never ending blog about INTP personality types but I won’t do it (at least not today). I will however, share a few facts that relate to this story and my fight against depression.
INTPs are one of the most introverted introverts there are. On a good week, they need 20+ hours of “alone time” to function properly. They are more logical and accurate than anything. (My closest friends and family can tell you that I can make a conversation so much longer, simply because I keep correcting my inaccuracies. In fact, there are many blog posts that I have written but haven’t shared because I don’t think my words are accurate enough for what I am trying to get across.) It’s normal for INTPs to have little to no friends. I have about four close friends right now, which is a lot for me. (Two of which are my mom and Chris.) I’m happy that way. I don’t need a lot of friends.

Well, as a mom of two toddlers (at the time) I was spending all my waking hours with people. We had play dates almost every day. I didn’t know how to be a mom without help from other moms. I still need help, but now I know that spending that much time with people only worsened my depression. As an introvert (and an INTP) I needed way more time alone and at home than with people. I was living the life of an extroverted mother even though I am extremely introverted. I was overwhelming myself and making my fight against postpartum depression harder. 

I picked up new habits after I re-learned all of this about myself and it changed my life. I feel like me again. I started doubling up on my vitamins and invested in vitamin D (good for low serotonin). I started exercising daily and even started a challenge group which I loved! I stopped going to play dates and stopped inviting people over for a while. We started sending our girls to a babysitter once a week for an entire day so that I could have a solid chunk of time to myself. (That was Chris’ idea and it was brilliant. I never knew how much I needed that day to myself.) It’s been about a year now and I still have one solid day to myself every week. It has saved my sanity. Pretty much anything involving people, I stopped for a while. I had exhausted myself pretending to be extroverted for 3+ years. Well, no more. 

How can someone forget that they’re introverted? I don’t know, but I did. Parenthood really can change you. 

There is so much more that I went through last year that I would love to share, but if I wrote about it all in this post, you’d be reading a book! Post #2 will be on its way soon.

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