Just 22 minutes into 2019, Paola Mayfield and Russ Mayfield welcomed their first child.
It’s now a few weeks later, however, and Pao is opening up about the downside of giving birth and early motherhood.
In a raw post, she opens up about experiencing the "baby blues." Take a look:
Paola shared this sweet photo of her pushing baby Axel in the stroller, though that glorious sunset is a bit of a scene-stealer.
"It feels so good to be out," Paola’s caption begins. "I just walked almost 3 miles today."
Remember, she is a fitness model. She is accustomed to a greater degree of exercise.
"And of course," she assures her followers. "I paced my self moving slowly as I’m still recovering."
"I’ve been having a tough week," Pao admits. "I’m not going to lie."
Paola confesses: "I think I’m experiencing the baby blues after giving birth."
"My only motivation is seeing my baby growing strong and healthy," she expresses.
"I normally don’t like to open up this much on social media," Paola notes.
"But at the same time," she writes. "It’s good to open up and talk about it knowing this will pass soon!"
"Are there any Moms out there who have ever experienced something like this," Pao begins her question.
"And if so," she concludes. "How did you overcome these emotions?"
Baby Blues are mood swings, and they are the least severe form of postpartum depression.
This was certainly not Paola’s only post-baby post, however.
On January 13, she shared this photo of her cradling her not-quite-two-week-old son.
"I didn’t know the meaning of true love until I met you," she begins.
"How can you love someone so much?" she gushes.
Paola admits: "These past few days have been a learning process."
"I try not to listen unsolicited advice from people unless I ask for it," she notes.
"I will be the best mother I can be for my son," Paola affirms. "But I’m doing it my way."
Being a parent on social media means having hordes of people trying to micromanage what kind of cereal you eat. Yes, really.
"The day my baby was born," she writes. "I too was born a new mother."
"Thank you for all the love," Pao expresses. "You guys are amazing and I’m so happy that I’m able to share this new chapter of my life with all of you."
"I won’t be posting a lot of pictures of my baby," she explains. "As I don’t want to drive you all crazy with so much cuteness."
Hey, that’s her choice.
On January 7, Paola posted her first big update since the pregnancy news broke, along with this pic of her recovery.
"In a couple of hours," Paola captions. "It will be officially one week postpartum."
"And," she notes. "My body is healing great with no crazy diet and resting when I am able."
"Sleepless nights and a lot of work," Paola admits, have been a huge part of her life since giving birth.
"But to be honest," she says. "It’s totally worth it!"
Paola gushes: "We are so in love and we can’t take our eyes off of our baby Axel."
"I want to thank each one of you who took the time and sent us beautiful messages," Pao writes. "We are forever thankful for all your support."
"I’m sorry we haven’t answered your comments," she says.
"But," she explains. "We have been focused only on our baby while learning all about parenthood."
She and Russ have the right priorities.
"And of course," Paola concludes. "We don’t want to miss anything, he is so perfect!"