When you leave the hospital...

So I have played this lil scenario over and over in my head.. but I want to know Mamas.. how did you feel when you brought your baby home?

- terrified?

- excited?

- anxious?

- eager?

- uncertain?

Obviously everyone has crazy hormones happening during that time too.. but I just wanted to know how you all felt :)​

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    Well... let me tell you my "after" pregnancies were no picnic! I suffer from severe post partum depression... not just your average baby blues but pretty darn severe! With my first I tried to get through it without the help of a doctor... but I had a break down while driving to the store one day and ended up seeing a psychiatrist ... it made me feel ashamed and that there was something very wrong with me. Thankfully, my psychiatrist is GREAT and offered me medication that helped with my situation and also gave me some good counseling. With the love a support of my clinicians, family , and friends I got through it. I was definitely ready when it hit after baby number 2 and 3.

    Bringing baby home is such a wonderful time...but baby blues and postpartum depression can occur so just be on the look out. I honestly never thought it would happen to me...but it did!
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    12/02/13
    Hopefully you will not have to go through it and I did not want to be a downer with it... but it does happen
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      12/02/13
      excited
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        12/02/13
        are you going to be a first time mom?
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          12/02/13
          wow that's exciting.. I love newborns. I can't wait to have another one.
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            12/02/13
            Tessa
            I was excited with both of them. But definitely anxious bringing the 2nd home, just to see how my other daughter would interact with her on a daily basis. But it was all fine, just like it was meant to be :).....Oh yea and TIRED
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              12/02/13
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              12/02/13
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                Ummm all of the above!? I was totally happy to take her to HER home, but sooo scared I had the nurses there to help me whenever I wanted! Now they were just throwing us to the wolves. My mom stayed with us for three days after and my ILs took the dogs for the first 3 days home so we could focus on getting acclimated and I am so glad we had my mom and no dogs for a bit. I was just Soooooo emotional, I'd cry at the drop of a hat, I was scared, I was tired. Partly from coming down off the pregnancy hormones and from just grasping how you could love someone so much. It is such a crazy emotional time but soon you settle in and get used to your new "normal"
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                  12/02/13
                  8Theresa Gould
                  I couldn't wait to get home. I was more excited and eager than anything, though emotions certainly ran wild until they calmed down.
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                  12/03/13
                  8Theresa Gould
                  Yes! I was thankful when it was just me and my family with our new little one. But the emotions after a homebirth while the same were slightly different because I wasn't anxious to leave, I was comfortable showering because I knew no one would walk in on me and my husband was there to keep me from being interrupted and I could have my baby without battling the hospital staff to let me have him or her.
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                    5Darrell Lasane
                    I had severe post partum depression after I left the hospital and didn't feel eager or happy unfortunately. I think it was the epidural that did it, but who really knows. I was terrified that I would be considered a bad mom if I left her onesie on through the day or gave her a bath in the sink and not her newborn tub. I guess I was stuck on the idea of being perfect. With my second I had my baby at home with a midwife and it was the best decision I ever made. I was happy and excited and wanted to be around her all the
                    time. No-one could tell me I want a good mom because I had a lot more confidence, got a lot more sleep. I let go of trying to be perfect. Good luck and congratulations!
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                    12/06/13
                    5Darrell Lasane
                    Exactly, and if our kids are happy, that means we are doing a good job.
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                    5Darrell Lasane
                    I don't think I was the epidural itself so much as drugs in general for me. I will say, I was missing the epidural effect during this last labors pain lol.
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                      12/06/13
                      8Theresa Gould
                      I have heard drugs like pitocin can cause depression, but don't have anything to back that up. Just heard it in conversation. I think it's good to know the side affects of any drug no matter how "good" they are touted for child birth.
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