A new baby is a wonderful thing. New baby twins are a double blessing and generate disproportionately more interest. #CambridgeMummyFact Whether you’ve had the birth from hell or a “perfect birth”, (whatever that means to you), your hormones will still play havoc with you and your body in the days, weeks and months afterwards. So I thought it was brilliant to hear Celine Dion saying that she basically didn’t know what had hit her in the first few days and weeks after her twins arrived recently.The UK Press Association has even put something out there about it…
“Dion has revealed she is knackered by her newborn twins, but finds them “an intense joy… I am changing nappies and breastfeeding and that’s something where no one can take my place – it’s tiring but an intense joy.
“I didn’t have these children to not take care of them, [but] to give myself to them 200 – 300 per cent,” she added. Celine – who is also mum to nine-year-old son Rene-Charles – has not had much time for herself.
“In reality, I’ve had almost no time getting a shower and feeding myself. My preoccupation has been eating sensibly,” she admitted. “My only worry has been to be able to open and close [my tops] quickly for breastfeeding. It’s been out of the question to even wear a blouse!”
Since giving birth, the 42-year-old lost her appetite and suffered from mood changes. “Some of the first days after I came home, I was a little outside myself. I had no appetite and that bothered me. My mother remarked that she noticed I had moments of lifelessness, but reassured me that this was entirely normal,” she recalled.
“One moment, tremendous happiness; the next, fatigue sets in, and I cried for no reason, and then that took care of itself. It’s for things like that after having a baby that mothers really need emotional support.”
BRILLIANT. Someone who has lots of help admitting that it’s not all roses and lovely moments in the first days, weeks and months, whether you are becoming a mummy for the first or fifth time… I wasn’t going to comment on her quotes, until I saw other agencies picking it up and extrapolating from this, that she has post natal depression. Misery and fear sells, for sure, but to me, it just sounds like she’s telling it like it is, as a new mum. PND, what a load of hooey. Not on the basis of these quotes alone….
I don’t for a moment think this was a plug to selling anything for her. But if it was, she’s succeeded. Why? Because honesty is much more appealing to me. Particularly when I can relate to it… It’s similar to my other post on how I view my clients I suppose. But I tell you something, it’s making me think I want to check Celine Dion out more, so kudos to her for being honest about her new life experiences. In doing so, she’s bringing a whole new demographic of previously disinterested women into her sphere. A Smart Bird In Every Respect eh?
I’m off to find some Celine on itunes ;) What are your memories of life with your new baby? Those first few days, weeks and months? The high points? The low points? Would love some comments on this.
*image courtesy of www.dailystab.com