Hey there – I’m Michelle!
On November 24, 2015, my life changed forever. My son Jackson came into the world 11 days early and suddenly I was thrust into the throes of parenthood. I remember feeling completely in over my head (and to be honest, I still do). Suddenly there was another life depending on me for everything. Talk about overwhelming.
I’m not sure what I expected as a new parent, but clearly my expectations were too high. The first night we brought Jackson home, he cried the entire time and I remember thinking, what did I get myself into? I felt this sense of loss, sadness and even darkness. Things went on like that for awhile and I kept thinking something was wrong with me. Shouldn’t I be feeling overjoyed and happy? Wasn’t that what other mothers felt? Why was I feeling so sad?
That’s why I started this blog. To shed light on what moms really experience after the birth of their child. To assure that you it’s completely normal to feel those emotions. We often act like moms should be nothing but happy and fulfilled – when in reality, that perspective alienates moms who aren’t feeling that way. Parenthood isn’t black and white. It’s messy, yucky, and incredibly complex. So let’s stop acting like we have to be perfect and be real about the struggles we’re going through. Let’s allow ourselves to be imperfect. Who’s with me?!