So why have I chosen to support PANDA?
To answer this question…you need to know a little more about me and my little monster 🙂
So here goes nothing!
(Note: Sorry in advance for the long post with no pictures to break it up :P)
I still don’t really know why I was so obsessed with feeling like breastfeeding was the only way to bond with my new baby…maybe it was all the classes (hubby and I attended more than a few), or the media telling young mums that ‘breast is best’ etc. but, that was how I felt.
But I did have gallstones and needed my gallbladder removed. I had, 3 days and nights separated from my baby (family did bring him in to visit though – but it want the same…), this was incredibly hard.
I was such a lucky mum…my baby smiled, was extremely alert and was absolutely beautiful…but…he didn’t sleep 🙁
Ok, so he did actually sleep, just not much. So at 6 months, off we went to stay at a mother an baby unit – to see if anything was causing his sleeplessness.
I met a number of mothers in this unit suffering from PND, and who were having a much tougher time than I was, and we were all extremely lucky that facilities like this exist.
After an 8 day (and night) stay, the doctors told us that there was no medical reason for his sleeplessness, they helped me and my hubby out with some strategies on how to teach the little monster to self settle and off we went home.
The strategies we were taught were useful and beneficial. I felt like we were on the right track, but the little monster still was not sleeping through the night – and he didn’t sleep much during the day! By the time he was 16 months old, I was at the end of my tether.
Motherhood was not fun! Yes, I loved my baby (there was no question of that!), but I just didn’t have the energy to interact with him the way I wanted to 🙁
So off we went for another stay at a mother and baby unit (a different unit to the last visit). This stay was only 5 days, and they were a hard 5 days…but when we came home, the little monster was sleeping (for the 1st time in his life!)
We implemented the strategies that were learnt during our stay and…
7 months later we are a very well rested family (most of the time :P)
I was formally diagnosed with mild PND when the little monster was 16 months old.
I have had help to get better and I know I am extremely lucky to have had lots of family support throughout the little monsters life 🙂
I didn’t need the help of an organisation like PANDA, but I’m glad that this wonderful organisation is out there for the mothers and families who do need there support.