Guys, can you believe that it’s been than two years since the last time I was on maternity leave? Because I can’t!

To be honest, being home this time around has been such a relief! I don’t worry about much except where my children are and I owe it all to my family and friends.

Similar: 8 Things I Missed While I Was on Maternity Leave

Creating Connections Beyond a Screen

I’ll be the first to admit. I had no idea that I’d create some amazing friendships with women that I just happened to follow on Instagram. Like what! 😛

I never thought that it would be possible. But I, of course, I was proven wrong…again.

Since starting my blog, two and half years ago, I’ve made plenty of connections. I’ve built friendships and trust with some truly incredible women. I can even say that we will be lifelong friends.

Dealing with Post Partum Depression alone

About a year ago, I went through a season of depression and anxiety. I felt like nothing was going right.

I was angry, upset, hurt, mad, sad, all at the same time. I hid it from my family because I didn’t want to accept the fact that I was dealing with PPD.

So, I dealt with it alone.

I had a small circle of friends. Even fewer ones that could really relate to what I was going through. I was ashamed of the person I was becoming and had to take a break.

Similar: Confessions of an Exhausted Mommy 

Having Friends during Maternity Leave

Even though I have three children, I’ve only been on maternity leave once before.

Being aware of my triggers, I made a vow to communicate with my family and friends whenever I start feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Which thankfully happens less often than I originally expected.

Accepting that I was (a) not the perfect Pinterest mom and (b) my flaws, I’ve found it easier to be home with my boys.

Now, I’m not saying that I don’t have my moments because I do! But, with the friendships that I’ve made, I know I can call, text, facetime, and be my real self with no judgment.

So be a rule breaker and meet that person you met online…kidding 😉

 

Disclaimer:  We received items we are wearing from Hunnis for the inclusion of this post. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own. Head to my disclaimer page for more information.

 

Photography by: Happy Bees Events

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  • Mei Ling Liu

    i love your post and totally agree that we need more mommy friends during mat leave

  • Jeannie

    I complete agree with having mommy friends during mat leave. Being a mom, whether it’s your first baby or not, can be very isolating. Having mommy friends helps you get out of a funk or forces you to get out!

  • Shawna Swayze

    Mom friends are so important. I can’t imagine how lonely and bored I would have been without them!!!

  • Shana Ethier

    Beautiful post! It truly takes a village to raise children and take care of ourselves. Without those mom friends we’d feel isolated, but many of us are going thru the same things. ❤