Mother’s Day special blog post showcasing a fab Mum in Business
Becoming a mum for the first time brings with it a mix of feelings and emotions. These are heightened by the raging hormones swirling around your body. Elation, joy, relief that the labour is over and you get to finally meet your little one. These emotions can slowly morph over time into dread that you’re a failure because your little bundle of joy doesn’t stop crying. Or so it feels.
This was the feeling I started having weeks after my first son was born. I was so stressed and uptight that I wasn’t being the best mum, that my son was obviously picking up on this and he too couldn’t relax. It was an emotional trip to the maternal health nurse that confirmed my worst fears. I was suffering from Post Natal Depression (PND).
With the love and support from my husband, family and GP, I managed to get through this hard time. I should have seen the writing on the wall, my personality and traits put me in a high risk of suffering. I have always been driven and determined in my career and a perfectionist in everything I do. Motherhood was no exception. I wanted to be the best mother I could be.
I went on to have another son 2 years later and realised immediately that I was going through the same thing. My youngest is almost 2 now and I had armed myself with knowledge as I felt it was the only way to have some sort of control over what I was going through.
In this time I have managed to start a business and surround myself with like-minded women who understand. This is something I have chosen not to share with my friends, not because I’m ashamed, but because I’m afraid that I will be looked at and treated differently. I don’t want them to pity me or think I’m fragile. I know they wouldn’t, but it’s like someone points out a person with a glass eye and tells you not to look at it. The first thing you do when you speak to that person is look at their glass eye.
My business is my distraction and my chance to have control of something in my life. I am very passionate about it and want to help other businesses in the process. Every day brings new challenges on a personal and professional level and I thrive on working under pressure. I’m slowly healing and proud of my achievements and feel like my PND has made me a better and stronger person. There is nothing I cannot accomplish because of my life experiences.
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Mother’s Day Giveaway:
Angel Lu to the Rescue is a child minding service run by a Melbourne mum in the Bayside area.
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Angel Lu to the rescue is offering two mum’s some “me time free time”. Two lucky Melbourne mum’s have a chance to win 3 hours each of free time. Too good to be true? Prize must be used by end of June 2013 on following days or evenings: Monday, Saturday or Sunday. Max of three children.
To win, leave a comment below by Wednesday 15 May 2013, telling us about an inspirational Mum in business you know.
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