#Repost @isabellejoleary

"1 month to go ~ 1 month old ❤️

The 4th trimester, you don’t hear much about it! I think it should be so emphasized, we can feel so alone, lost, unheard & unappreciated during this transition.

Your shift is 24/7. You are the only one that baby relies on for every single thing, every hour & it’s never on your terms.

You feel blessed with the new version of yourself while also mourning the old you, as if she’s a stranger now. The days of showers, meals & plans on your own schedule feel like a distant memory

You are a human pacifier

You are a walking bottle

You are always bouncing, rocking & shushing

You wont know when your next shower is

You wont know when your next meal is

Sleeping when the baby sleeps? It’s the only time to get anything done

Getting out of the house feels impossible so if all you do is go to the store, you feel successful

Every outfit is covered in milk, poop, spit up or pee shortly after getting it on

Sometimes the crying doesn’t stop

Sometimes the sleep never begins

Sometimes you wonder if you’ll ever feel like yourself again

Postpartum depression overrules your thoughts, you can feel so low & sad but then feel guilty for it. These feelings can be judged & used against you by those who don’t understand

How can you feel this way while also loving them so much?

“You do nothing all day,” some say, meanwhile you’re giving you’re all to someone as you can’t even give 1% to yourself

Your body goes through stitches, bleeding for weeks, back pain, nipples sore, pelvis is aching

The 4th trimester means physically & emotionally you’re running on empty but that newborn would never know it because you give them every ounce of fuel you have left to make them feel loved

They’re the love of your life through every motion

This stage teaches you how to give abundantly without expecting appreciation or reward in return. It feels like no one understands, you can’t hear them say thank you BUT the moment they snuggle you, staring up at you with big eyes, the world stops &

God says,

I chose YOU for this human

You are their world

& that’s the moment that keeps you going

This is love, this is my why."




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