This is my first post here. This website's articles have been so encouraging to me. Thank you, API!
My son is 10 months old. He's "high needs" as Dr. Sears calls it, and it's been challenging to have to do so much by myself with little support. But it's so worth it!
Even so, I know I've been neglecting my own needs. I have several health conditions, so even before having a baby I was prone to fatigue, depression, etc. I always had to eat often to keep my energy up. I have trouble gaining weight.
Now I'm under what I think is my healthy weight but still within the proper range for someone my size. But I'm so hungry and thirsty and tired and sleepy..... But he needs me to be with him, so I often eat less than I should or eat later than I should so that he gets his needs met.
It's taking a toll on me, but I can't bring myself to stop meeting his needs first. Now he's got a cold so his needs are even more intense. I feel like I might be coming down with one myself, but I can't get enough fluids b/c he wakes up when I try to get up. Then I have to calm him down again, and so the cycles goes...
Is this just one of those "grin and bear it" for "this too shall pass" things? We're moving near my family in a few months so that'll help a LOT. But in the meantime my husband is already overloaded with work and helping me. I can't ask much more of him, and I feel guilty asking friends who each have their own struggles to deal with. I need a hug and some chocolate! ;-(