Postpartum: My new normal-navigating through the postpartum seasons of life

Updated: Mar 24, 2020

February 26, 2020 | Jennifer Guillot

When we finally found out that we were expecting, I was over the moon, and thought that the hard part was over! I read the standard pregnancy books, downloaded a few phone apps to guide me through each week of pregnancy, and took a couple of baby care classes offered by my hospital. I thought that I had “checked off the boxes” of everything that I needed to know to prepare for the baby.

I ended up going into labor two weeks early. My water broke during my Saturday morning bowl of cereal and I thought “This is it, finally!”

My labor was long, grueling, and due to an infection I contracted, I ended up needing an emergency c-section. I only saw my son for about 5 minutes before he was whisked off to the NICU.   While he spent the next week in NICU everything was a blur. I was in pain.  Breastfeeding was impossible.  I was exhausted, and was a constant ball of tears.