Today I want to share with you a wonderful company that not only makes adorable baby moccasins but supports Postpartum Depression Awareness at the same time!!
Sweet Elly was founded by Melissa Koren after her own battle with PPD. From her site she writes, “The key to overcoming any struggle is self-awareness. We might not know what we are even looking for but if there is any question, that’s clue enough to seek additional support. There were more than a few late nights and early mornings when I was sure I couldn’t make it. I would shiver, my body literally trembling. Self-doubt, guilt, anxiety and more, consumed me. I wanted to disappear from the face of the earth. Physically, the constant twisting and knotting in my stomach made me ill. I remember curling up into a ball and crying for hours. Many times wondering why I would ever have chosen to be a mother in the first place. I dreaded mornings and I dreaded nights counting each hour of each day that passed.
The constant and almost overwhelming anxiety was with me every minute of those hours. Soon the idea of feeding and taking care of myself began to be too much. This was also taking its toll on my body. Guilt crept in on a daily basis. My mind racing, how on earth am I going to pretend I’m happy for the sake of this precious baby? I became convinced that my sweet Elly was better off without a mom like me. Maybe she would have a better future if I just didn’t exist. Believe me this is extremely difficult to admit, but it’s the truth. I had to face what I was feeling. I couldn’t wrap my head around the reality of these awful thoughts and feelings, when we clearly made the choice to bring this little innocent baby into our lives. Elly didn’t ask to be here, with a mother lost in despair.”
Sweet Elly makes monthly donations to support PPD awareness and Melissa volunteers to help other women feel less alone in dealing with something that she experienced herself.
If you are looking for a gift or something cute for your little one, I encourage you to check out her shop here and support a great cause at the same time!!
Read Melissa’s full story here.