Blame it all on PND

(5 Posts)
Thaleia Thu 13-Jun-13 13:50:22

Hi,

A few weeks after DS was born, I "knew" something was wrong but it took 10 months till I reached out. I had 5 sessions therapy and thought I was ok and able to cope again.

Since then, we have moved and even if I wanted, couldn't go back to see my therapist.

My thoughts circle around the fact that my child isn't perfect ... he is way to short (I am 5,7 or 1,71m, DH is shy of 5,11 with 1,80m), just on the 25th percentile and therefore very small, he isn't walking with almost 14 months, he isn't saying one audible word, not even mama or dada, he is so wild and not cuddly at all, very, very chubby edging on the 91th percentile for weight..... He's just not right. Sometimes I am not sure if I love him.

In the last few weeks I was casually saying to my husband that it might be better if I'd go away or if I have an accident that this wouldn't be so bad as I am just a burden to him. Today whilst cooking I said if I would slip and open a vene, it'll be really quick. I say this very light hearted and I am not even sure that mean it. DH is very sweet and says that he loves me and needs me and that our son adores me ... .

I am just not sure what to think of it all anymore. Maybe I am just a really, really crap, selfish, self centred egoist who thinks her child makes her look stupid. I just can't belive that's all down to PND. Maybe the doc got it all wrong right from the beginning?

How do I fix this? How can I stop damaging my child now and in the near future? Everytime somebody says what a big boy he is I tell them that he's short but fat, what sort of mother am I?

I feel so awful and just don't now what to do anymore. I can't blame it on the PND or whatever, I know it's me. Maybe that's what I deserve.

Thali

Goandplay Thu 13-Jun-13 14:06:21

Can't read and leave. I can only say I feel and act very similar to you regarding the accident 'jokes' and it is definitely PND so I would say how you feel re ds is also PND.

Please visit your GP.

RobinBedRest Thu 13-Jun-13 16:02:15

Actually I think it is PND, 14mths is very early still and what you describe are quite negative thoughts that come with PND.

I think you will feel very differently by the time he turns 2.

Is there anything you can do just for you, a hobby you used to enjoy or an evening class so you get a break because I have an 18mo and it is full on when they are tiny.

Likesshinythings Thu 13-Jun-13 16:17:33

I also think this is totally down to the PND. I felt a lot of the same things when I had it. And I wasn't diagnosed with it until DS was almost 12 months old, so feeling like this at 14 months seems entirely possible.
Please go and see your GP. This is not your fault, you're just not well at the moment and you will get better if you get the help that you need.

Back2Two Thu 13-Jun-13 16:20:25

Yes, sounds like PND. I've had PND with both my children.
Please seek help from your GP, medication can really help with PND and there can be lots of other support too.

I had a lot of feelings about my sons being not "quite right" for whatever reasons. I couldn't really bond at first as I was always looking at them fearfully thinking that they were "not normal" (facial features, behaviour, developmental). That is the way my anxiety manifested itself. The way I responded to my babies did actually affect the second one in terms of how he developed socially at first. It has absolutely NO effect long term at all (they are both absolutely gorgeous and the best boys ever! And happy and sociable too!) but it can have a short term effect on speech and "cuddliness" when they are babies. Remember that babies mimic what is being done to them to some extent. I say this because you may be medicalising your sons lack of speech and there is proabably nothing wrong WHATSOEVER. (I ended up pushinh until i got assessments at the local children's hospital trying to find what was "wrong" with my perfectly healthy and happy children) sad

It's not great to be telling your husband you'd be quite happy to die is it? It's not a "normal" way to be feeling. This is a website he might find helpful www.fathersreachingout.com

And you can keep posting here, read other threads about PND, know that it is an illness and it ENDS and you will be left with the most wonderful little boy ever. Go to your GP ASAP.

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