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It takes a village

One of my best friends just had a baby 4 months ago and it's been so educational watching her. She's giving me tips, and I've also babysat and helped her out.

But she's struggling. I read somewhere that 10% of moms get postpartum depression. I think honestly, most moms get depressed and the 10% are depressed enough to need medical help.

I called her up and she was crying since she had such a rough morning, the baby won't stop crying. And her husband is coming back from work to help her.

I really think it takes a village to raise a child. This doing it by yourself at home while your husband is away from 8 to 5 pm, just doesn't seem right. For anyone. Especially for the mom who feels at home and trapped.

We're not going to be hesitant about people offering to babysit. You want to help, sure! Today or tomorrow?

Even if it's just to have other people around you to be with you, so you're not home alone with a crying baby.

I really wish the co-housing project in Mueller had succeeded. I want to live in an Austin village!

Anyways, I want to add that we're super excited about having a baby.

I am excited that Andy has agreed to be primary care giver, and also take care of night feeds.

Let me bold that so he remembers what he agreed to :-D

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floppyghost
Apr. 14th, 2014 12:09 pm (UTC)
Agree 100% -- but it helps for the second type if both parents are available (i.e. not at work at the moment etc), because sometime an hour drinking a Latte and reading a book in the Cafe down the road is all you need.