When it’s been so long since you read a newspaper, watched TV or scrolled through social media that you’re unaware of what’s happening in the outside world.
When you’re afraid to admit you’re struggling out of fear of judgement or abandonment.
When you’re dying for a vacation away from your new baby just so you can catch up on sleep.
When you’re so focused on feeding, changing and putting your baby to sleep that you forget to take care of your own basic needs.
When you no longer hear your child (or any child, for that matter) crying because they do it so often you’ve become immune to the noise.
When you hide in another room and pretend to sleep so your partner has to deal with the baby.
What new parents call strangers who offer unsolicited thoughts and advice about how you’re raising your child.
When, despite loving your child, you sometimes feel more tearful, overwhelmed and lonely on this new parental journey.
When, as a mother, you can do no right, while papa can do no wrong.