New mom struggles with new problems


Dear Amy: I just had a baby two months ago. I have two other children from a previous relationship. They are 18 and 20, so I’m basically a “new” mom.

My boyfriend and I decided it would be best for me to be a stay-at-home mom and being that I did that for many years with my other children, I was ecstatic.

He found a new higher-paying job to cover my lack of income. I was so proud of him!

Everything seemed to be going great until a few days ago. He started acting distant and we’ve gotten into some pretty bad arguments.

I have no idea what has changed. He now says he needs space, and my heart is broken. He says he’s tired of me making him feel like everything he does is wrong. l definitely don’t think that. I do get upset over his phone usage, especially around the baby.

He has a problem with addiction and has been using kratom.

I feel like he’s hiding something from me.

How do I fix this?

I’ve been an emotional mess and feel like it’s affecting my new baby.

— It Takes a Village

Dear It Takes A Village: Your question’s signature provides a clue into what I urge you to do in the short term: Let the “village: help to take care of you. Reach out to friends, family members and other new or “redux” moms.


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