2020, and so far 2021, will be a time that I will never forget. Besides the obvious impact of the pandemic, I had my third child, hired two people right before going on maternity leave, and battled strong anxiety that I was unfamiliar with.
It is easy to understand why I experienced anxiety unlike anything I have dealt with before. It could be the fear of the unknown or having to second guess every sniffly nose before deciding if my children could go to daycare, or if my husband and I were going to battle it out to determine whose job is more important than the others that day. There was also the debate about who would have to try to work while keeping a 5-year-old, 3-year-old and baby fed and alive while not screaming in the process. Or it was the trying to manage new coworkers remotely after they had just worked without me for three months in a constantly evolving company. There were also many communication challenges with our daycare making me feel on my own and that I needed to advocate aggressively for my children who were facing more change than we had prepared them for.
OR was it "JUST" regular old Postpartum Anxiety.
by Meghan Focht