Without question, Bachelor in Paradise alum, Carly Waddell is a fan favorite. Carly met, fell in love and married Evan Bass who she met on the show. Evan already had three sons prior to marrying Carly, they added Bella to their crew in February 2018 and now last week they added their son, Charlie. While Carly had hoped her second postpartum experience would be easier, it is proving to be just the opposite.
Carly shares vulnerable post of herself
Carly took to Instagram Wednesday to share a vulnerable photo of herself. The photo shows Carly standing in hospital issued disposable panties used after giving birth. She is also holding cabbage leaves over her breasts and is looking very somber. In the lengthy caption, Carly explains her feelings and what is going on just one week after giving birth.
The post starts off with Carly saying how blessed she is and how Charlie is a great lesson to her as a mom. She continues saying she had hopes for this postpartum experience to be easier than what she experienced with Bella. Carly said that is not the case. She said, “But I still ache. I’m healing. I’m tried.”
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Glam details: At the CMAs last night in Nashville, Carly was wearing a custom gown designed by Midtown Medical Center and makeup and hair done at 3am to make sure she was red carpet ready as early as possible, by her own hand. She was accompanied by her husband Evan Bass, Bella Bass, Liam Bass, Ensley Bass, and new son Charles Wolfe Bass. 😂 jk I HAD A BABY THIS WEEK!!!! Baby Charles was born on November 12th at 11:22 am in Nashville, TN. Charles was born quickly, after about 15 minutes of pushing, and came into this world face up (OP to the medical community) with one eye open and one eye closed like a pirate looking directly at me! He literally jumped straight into my arms, because the doctor let me pull him out the rest of the way! A beautiful and unique delivery. Charles is a beloved family name on both sides and we wanted to incorporate the name wolf because he was born on a full moon and started howling the second he was born. (Apparently this is a very popular name right now. Which makes my grandfather seem even cooler than he already was!) We are so thrilled and in love with our new little addition 🥰
Carly’s first postpartum experience
The first go around as a mom for Carly was also tough. She shared that Bella was a colicky baby and cried for many months struggling with gas pains, etc. Carly shared she breastfed Bella for months because that is what everyone told her was best. She finally stopped and gave formula to her daughter. She revealed that Bella was like a new baby.
Carly was hoping when Charlie came into the world things would be different. She said she has tried to breastfeed their new son and it just wasn’t going well. She decided to try the same formula Bella had used. Within a bottle or two he was also a happy baby. She said he had stopped crying. Charlie could relax and sleep. He also smiled.
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It’s been a week since Charlie was born, he is the greatest blessing and one of the greatest lessons for me as a mom. I had all these hopes and dreams that postpartum would be easier this time. But I still ache. I’m healing. I’m tried. Bella was such a colicky newborn. She cried and cried for months. Threw up. Had gas pains. I breastfed for months because that’s what I was told was “best”. When I changed Bella to formula, she was a new, happy little baby. This time, I had hopes that Charlie would be different. But it just isn’t the case. I decided to stop breastfeeding and try him on the same formula Bella was on, and within a bottle or two he was so happy. He stopped crying. He could relax. He could sleep. He smiled. There is such a stigma about breastfeeding. If you don’t do it, you don’t care about your children’s health. You don’t love your kids enough. You’re being selfish. You just aren’t being a good enough mom. Honestly, I know my comments will prob be full of people telling me all sorts of things I could have/should have done to make it work for us. But the one huge thing I found this time is that I made a really hard decision within myself as a mom to listen to my gut about what was best for my child. And you know what…it worked. He is soooo happy and that is all that matters. I wanted to be real and thank you guys for checking in with me on how I have been doing this week. It’s been beautiful and painful at times. Thank you for all y’alls love and congratulations. It means SO much to me 😊 #cabbageleavesforthewin
She says there is a stigma about breastfeeding
Carly went on into her post to say, “There is such a stigma about breastfeeding. If you don’t do it, you don’t care about your children’s health. You don’t love you kids enough. You’re being selfish. You just aren’t being a good enough mom. Honestly, I know my comments will prob be full of people telling me all sorts of things I could have/should have done to make it work for us.”
She continued on, “But the one huge thing I found this time is that I made a really hard decision within myself as a mom to listen to my gut about what was best for my child. And you know what…it worked. He is soooo happy and that is all that matters.”
Carly wraps up her post by saying again how beautiful and also painful the past week has been. She thanks fans for their support and loving comments. She concludes her post by saying, “#cabbageleavesforthewin.” It is always nice to see a fan fave be real with everyone and share their honest thoughts and opinions.
Congrats to Evan and Carly on their new baby.
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