While I was never diagnosed with PPD, I'm pretty sure I had a "touch" of it. I think I may have cried as much as my newborn daughter those first few weeks, and there were several nights where I paced her room, clutching her tightly, asking myself how I got into this crazy mess of motherhood.
I know some people are not as fortunate as I was and experience a much deeper level of depression, requiring some type of medical intervention, mainly medication and therapeutic support. And for the most part, they are restored back to their "normal" selves (whatever that is after having a kid, right?).
But then, as many of us inevitably do, we start to think about #2. I'm not exactly sure how it happens, considering I'm in no rush to relive the last month of my pregnancy, long labor and delivery, and tenuous first weeks of mothering. But, it does - and we ask ourselves, "when should I try to have the second one?" But for the folks that are still on medication from PPD Round 1, how do they decide when and if to wean themselves?
Thus is the question my dear blog pal A Mommy Story asks her readers. Part of her feels ready to wean and try for #2, while the other part is afraid of what will happen when the hormones take over without the help of the meds. I imagine she is not alone in her dilemma, and so perhaps you can share some insights (either here or there) as to your own experiences - with PPD and trying again - and how you make a decision all while chasing after a toddler (a wonderful form of birth control, in my opinion).