I got A LOT of wonderful feedback about my post-partum experience. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can read it here.
BUT - after I sent it out, and got lots of feedback, I realized it needed a follow-up message.
Here's what I want you to know: Doing this was HARD.
It was hard because there were times when my brain was rearing to go, and I had to consciously tell myself NO.
It was hard because there were times when my brain wanted to tell me this was not fair to my family, and I shouldn't put so much on my husband.
It was hard because we live in a do-do-do society, and reminding myself that now was a time to BE, and not do, took constant work.
It was hard because sometimes I truly WANTED to not follow all those "rules" but I did it anyway. Because I knew that ultimately it would be the most beneficial for me and my family.
But I did it. I had to be constantly reminded. I had to be slowed down by others. I had to check-in with myself to make sure I was staying on track.
And yes, it was also blissful to do it. It also made my post-partum experience absolutely beautiful. But it was also hard. We're not used to this level of rest. And we're such givers as moms, that we naturally fall into guilt when we're NOT doing "all the things." But I did it for Future Me. For the me that is now 9 weeks post-partum and doing fabulously. For my husband who has a wife that ISN'T falling apart because she knows what she's able to handle and is taking care of herself. For my kids who get a calm and confident mom.
Here's something else I DID do during my maternity leave - I thought a lot of YOU, and what might be useful to YOU. And so I had fun upgrading The Calm & Confident Mom Handbook as well as The Coach Approach to 25 Common Motherhood Struggles. Enjoy them!