After my son was born, I watched a video that messed me up. It was just a clip of some middle schoolers playing Led Zeppelin songs on the xylophone, but when I watched it I lost it.
“What's wrong?” my husband asked.
“These kids!” I wailed, tears streaming down my face. “They're somebody’s babies! Someone worried about them and birthed them and raised them and now they're playing Zeppelin on the xylophoooooooooone!!!” My husband just smiled and backed slowly out of the room. He knew there are some totally normal things all postpartum moms cry about, that often make no sense to anybody else.
To be clear and completely fair, it's never the postpartum woman's fault. Between all the fluctuating hormones, the sleeplessness, the frequent hunger, and the very recent reminder of just how precious life is, it's only natural that postpartum moms would perceptually be either on the brink of collapsing in tears of hormonal frustration, or hypersensitive to the beauty and meaning in every damn little thing.
So if you've recently had a baby, and you find you can't even turn on the TV without crying, don't worry. That's totally normal. Maybe it's not normal for everybody, but it's definitely normal for the amazing club of other postpartum moms you've just joined; a club full of women who carry tissues everywhere, ‘cause you never know when a butterfly might flap its wings near you and remind you of the beautiful, too-tenuous connection between all living things, or when any of the following situations will totally set you off: