an interview with Aileen McElhaneyAileen is one of the mamas I have had the pleasure of helping breastfeed over the years. Her little boy Rory was a tiny little firecracker from the day he arrived, with a full head of downy soft, bleach blonde duck-feather for hair that stuck straight up off his head. Not only did I see Aileen for a number of private consultations, but she also came to support group. A lot. At one group, I remember her sharing that she had been diagnosed with Postpartum Depression....more
Someone once told me that you really don't find your footing in a new job until you've been there at least 2 months. I think that's kind of how parenting is. This mess is hard y'all. In fact, I'd say this is the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. Forget water boarding people for torture, what they should do is deprive them of sleep for 8 weeks and wake them with a screaming baby. I would definitely give up government secrets for 8 solid hours of sleep....more
2004 was the year my daughter was born. 2008 was the year I found myself in intensive therapy and starting my first serious experience with antidepressants. I was a mess: lashing out at my husband, crying in conference rooms at my then-job, breaking down sobbing while giving my daughter a bath and then feeling terribly guilty for letting her see me fall apart. I attributed it to our move to the suburbs, my husband's job, my daughter's still-refusal to sleep through the night ... really anything but PPD. I mean, four years out is a little late for that, right? Maybe not.
Hopefully the title caught your attention. No, I'm not referring to a drug addiction. I'm referring to taking anti-anxiety medication and/or antidepressants while pregnant. I recently posed a question about antidepressants and pregnancy on Facebook, and the overwhelming response was in favor of no medication for a healthy pregnancy.
No, I'm not referring to hiring a housekeeper or a personal chef, I'm talking about finding a professional to talk to. A therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor, etc. Last week was a rough one for me. I had been dressing my face in a smile and plowing through the myriad of things that were on my plate....more
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