Post Trip September Babyland Depression Begins

I’m back!
Not just here on my blog, but in the country.
Got back on Monday. Feels like I’ve never been away; you know how it goes.

Except, of course, this trip does appear to have had an effect on me..

The main reason for going on this trip was so that I could meet my two newest nephews. Nope, not twins. My youngest brother and his wife had a little boy in mid-July, and my sister gave birth to another little fella on the same day I flew out there.

It’s been a good but challenging trip, once again coming face to face with the fear of never getting to have children of my own and wanting them so very desperately. The first week and a half I spent at my sister’s, with the rest of her family. As I mentioned, her little boy was born on the same day I got there, so he was only a few hours old when I met him. [My sister gave birth at 4 am, and checked herself out of hospital at noon(!)]

There is something very special about newborn babies. I mean, all babies are special, but with someone who is completely new in this world, well, it’s just different. They are so tiny – even the big ones – and so terribly fragile. So completely dependent on those around them. And holding my nephew that first day brought out all sorts of feelings, most of which I am still processing.

I spent many hours holding my nephew during my stay there. I’d just sit with him and look at him. Feel the weight and warmth of his little body, his special baby smell.. I also played with his older brother a lot – don’t worry, he was in no way neglected – and while I was still there it was pretty darn fantastic. [The older one has only just got into role/script-playing, so there was a lot of pretend play, which I absolutely love!]

But, as great as it was, when the time came for me to leave [I was flying across to stay at my father’s, to meet my other new nephew].. well.. it was hard. Really really hard. I don’t think I can quite put it into words just how hard it was. All I know is that when I arrived at my father’s, all I was feeling was that I was missing my sister’s little boys. Wanted to be back with them.

Prior to going, I had been worried about what it might be like to meet my new nephews, and had predicted that it would be, in many ways, harder to be with my brother’s little boy than to spend time with my sister’s kids, because, with my sister – even if it had felt really difficult to be around the boys – well, our relationship is such that I could have talked about it. With my brother, and – by extension – my family – that’s not really the case, and I knew even before going that there was a definite risk that, should it feel very hard to be there, I would fall back on old patterns of pretending to be OK, no matter what.

As it turns out, while I was there, it was actually fairly OK. Being with the baby, I mean. I always feel like something of an outsider around my family, like I don’t quite belong, but at least with the baby it was OK. I guess it’s that sort of thing where, with the kids in the family, well.. it’s not their fault that they were born into what is an exceptionally complex situation, is it?

But now that I’m back here, back at my place.. well, those feelings that were surely already bubbling under the surface are beginning to come out in a big way. And it’s hard. Really really hard. I’ve talked a little about it in therapy [only had one session since being back], but in these last few days, it feels like it’s starting to push through more and more. It’s nothing to do with the actual kids; I still love them to bits. But that doesn’t meant that the feelings they bring out can’t still be incredibly difficult and painful to deal with.

As much as I love being an auntie.. I just really want to be a mother. It’s the only thing I want.

So, post-trip, the truth is that I’m not doing too good right now.
Spent most of this week in bed, most of last night on the phone with the Samaritans, feeling frighteningly low and increasingly desperate.

It’s not a nice place to be.
Nor is it a safe place.

xx

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6 responses

  1. Jeg håper at du ikke tar det på feil måte, men har du noen gang tenk å bruke sæddonor? (Jeg selv har ikke så veldig mye tid igjen, og hvis jeg vil ha barn, så ser det ut til på dette tidspunktet at det å bruke sædbanken er mye mer aktuelt enn å få barn sammen med en samboer.) Jeg har diskutert dette sammen ned min søster mange ganger, og må innrømme at denne ideen nå ikke virker så eiendommelig som før i tiden.

  2. Hej Gitty,

    Tack för kommentaren, och jag tar inte på något sätt illa upp. Utan att gå in i för mycket detalj så har donation alltid varit ett ytterst tänkbart alternativ för mig, särskilt efter att mitt ex o jag separerade för ett antal år sedan.

    Och du har absolut rätt, numer är det nog inte riktigt lika många som höjer ögonbrynen när de hör att ett barn kommit till genom donation.

    Många kramar, och tack för att du följer min blogg.

    xx

  3. Akkurat! Og nå er det også slik at man ikke er nødt til velge en anonym donor. På den måten sørger man for at barnet, hvis det selvfølgelig ønsker det, kan få vite hvem den andre forelderen er.

    PS Jeg synes bolggen din rett og slett er så bra!

  4. Där jag bor (England) säger lagen numer att man som donator via en klinik inte längre kan välja att vara anonym, eftersom barnet – när han eller hon fyllt 18 – har rätt att veta vem deras biologiska far är. Det har tyvärr fått som följd att färre män är villiga att vara donatorer.

    Den som är biologisk förälder är även automatiskt skyldig att betala underhåll (även om man skrivit kontrakt gällande detta) vilket även det gjort att färre män vågar vara så kallad privat donator, ifall barnets mamma skulle ändra sig och vilja kräva honom på pengar.

    Min personliga inställning är att barnet, om han eller hon så önskar, ska kunna få reda på vem deras andra förälder är, men förstår absolut varför en del män som innan varit villiga att vara donatorer nu kanske väljer att inte vara det.

    Återigen, tack för de snälla saker du säger om min blogg. Uppskattar det verkligen.

    xx

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