Postpartum Confessions

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Pink cloud or black box? Postpartum Confessions

Danielle’s raw postpartum Facebook post prompts others to share their experiences. 

The days immediately following the birth of a new baby are magical and sweet, but if we’re honest, they’re also really damn difficult. That’s why it’s so inspiring to see one Arizona mom putting it all out there about those first few days postpartum and how challenging they really are.

On Sept. 12, Haines posted a photo of herself, taken three days after she gave birth to her son Ocean in November 2014. In the photo, she's on the verge of tears, shirtless and cradling her baby against her chest. 

Danielle 3 days after delivery

In the caption for the emotional photo, Haines writes, "I was so raw and so open, I was a fucking mess. I loved my baby, I missed his daddy (he went back to work that day), I was mad at my mom, my heart hurt for my brother because my mom left us and now I had a little boy that looked like him, my nipples were cracked and bleeding, my milk was almost in, my baby was getting really hungry, I was feeling sad that people kill babies, like on purpose, I had not slept since I went into labor, I didn't know how to put my boobs away, my vagina was sore from sitting on it while nursing constantly, I was kinda loosing my mind." 

Haines goes on to recognize, in the Facebook post, the wonderful support she received from female friends and relatives in those early days.

She also invites other moms to share their immediate postpartum experiences.

Postpartum Confessions



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THE 15 Photos you MUST take of Your Baby

So funny. I think I almost did make all of these pictures with my little one. Capturing baby's everyday life in the most precious (and hilarious) ways. Red Tricycle collected example pictures. Have fun with it and share because we like to see your little gremlins too.

# 7. Sitting next to (or even inside!) the most ginormous pumping ever. 

# 3 Making their first stink face
# 6 Cozying up with the incredible shrinking plush
# 13 Wearing oversized sunglasses like a rock star


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Postpartum pampering with a discount and photo cuteness

With the Postpartum Sitz Bath by Vibrant Souls: This delightful postpartum sitz bath is perfect way to pamper and sooth mama after giving birth. A carefully crafted blend of organic herbs, the bath helps speed recovery, ease soreness, and reduce the likelihood of infection. With its splendid rose scent, the postpartum sitz bath feels absolutely heavenly and provides a relaxing refuge to any new mom. Readers of The First 8 Days of Being a Mom get a special 15% discount on all Vibrant Souls products using the coupon code: first8days.