Pam England, in her book Birthing From Within, explained that after a woman delivers a baby, it takes about three years for her to emerge from what she terms the “laborynth,” an intricate maze of hormonal ups and downs, identity and ego issues, as well as sheer exhaustion and physical depletion which can turn a mama into an irritable mess.
Lest some of you start to worry about my post yesterday, let me tell you that I think I am seeing the light at the end of the laborynth. With my daughter beginning preschool, a huge milestone in itself, as well as her newly found abilty to play independently and her amazingly vast language skills, I have more physical, mental, and emotional space. No, I do not want to enter the laborynth again with another newborn. I want some comforting and caretaking of my own, and perhaps a nap.