Dear New Mama: Please Be Gentle With Yourself

I had this vision of myself post-baby: exercising and pursuing other hobbies regularly, cooking balanced meals, helping my husband keep the house clean and tidy, being stress-free at work, socializing with friends, and spending quality time on my marriage - all with my baby smiling contentedly up at me from her bouncy chair. 

Uh, yeah. You don't have to be a psychic to figure out that it absolutely did not work out that way.

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