The Zoloft is working: Postpartum depression or whatever

I'm going to out myself here. My family has a long and robust tradition of depression, and I am no exception. I remember first drinking ink and eating staples at the age of 10. Many long years of symptoms and acting out and generally hating everything later, I went on Prozac briefly in college, when all the kids were doing it. It was kind of a revelation. Stuff just wasn't that difficult anymore. Really hard stuff, like getting out of bed or concentrating on reading for more than five minutes at a time totally got done without a second thought....more

Love it. And thanks for your kind words. Your path has been so complicated! Because, you know, ... more

The Zoloft is working: Postpartum depression or whatever

I'm going to out myself here. My family has a long and robust tradition of depression, and I am no exception. I remember first drinking ink and eating staples at the age of 10. Many long years of symptoms and acting out and generally hating everything later, I went on Prozac briefly in college, when all the kids were doing it. It was kind of a revelation. Stuff just wasn't that difficult anymore. Really hard stuff, like getting out of bed or concentrating on reading for more than five minutes at a time totally got done without a second thought....more

"Trust me," I'd like to say, "I don't want to suck this much."

Thea habitually blogs ... more

My BlogHer '10 Business Cards, and What You Should Think About When Designing Yours

[Editor's Note: While this post references BlogHer '10, the advice about creating effective business cards is still top notch. I thought for those of you preparing for BlogHer '11 this post could serve as a great support to your experience. Thus, no worries - it is STILL 2011 and BlogHer '11 is in San Diego regardless of what references are made within the post. Enjoy! -PaulaG] ...more

Great advice and thanks for the reminder - I just ordered mine!

Thea habitually ... more

RSVP HERE! DC Area Pre-BlogHer Meetup July 25th! (Please note new DATE!) 7PM La Tasca, Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

I've updated the meetup so now this is the first post. Hope this won't be confusing, but I wanted to make sure everyone was aware the meet up will be at 7PM on July 25th at La Tasca in Arlington. The restaurant is metro accessible and they also validate parking.Here is the website for the restaurant: http://www.latascausa.com/site/locations/arlington-va/  The restaurant is giving us "Happy Hour" pricing for beverages, I'm checking on any discounts for food. Will update as I know more.When you arrive at La Tasca, please say you are with "BlogHer"

Why Is Abortion After IVF Different Than Any Other Abortion?

If the person had conceived unassisted and decided to have an abortion post-divorce or conceived quadruplets naturally and reduced them to a singleton pregnancy in order to protect the mother's health or conceived a child and discovered that child would be born with no kidneys and therefore performed euthanasia, would we judge them? ...more

I'm with you - choice is choice. Besides, why on earth should undergoing IVF make one less ... more

What Are You Reading June Edition

Wow! June! At the end of the month we'll be half way through the year. (Let's not discuss those reading goals just now ok?) It's time for the June edition of what are you reading.

Terms of Endearment: Nicknames great and small

My daugher got her first nickname right after her first sonogram. Still in the doctor's office, I snapped a photo of the scan on my phone and e-mailed it to my husband. "Congratulations," he wrote back. "It's a fractal." And so she was called for the next few months. Also popular before she was born were "bean," and "Fetelow," a really ingenious combination of fetus and my last name first coined by a dear friend. ...more

Cool initials totally count! I was always kind of jealous of people who were actually called by ... more

Would You Let Your Mother (or Mother-in-Law) Watch Your Child's Birth?

I invited my mother-in-law to come to one of the numerous ultrasounds we had of the twins back when we were pregnant. I felt like it was only fair since I not only invited my mother to come to a few appointments, but I would have been personally crushed if my mother hadn't taken me up on the offer. I was a new mum-to-be after a long time of waiting to become a new mum-to-be, and if my mother had shared in the crappiness of infertility with us, I wanted her there to celebrate in the joy of impending parenthood with us. ...more

Exactly - we were saying that even though we lost one Jewish grandma, we minted a brand new one. ... more

Would You Let Your Mother (or Mother-in-Law) Watch Your Child's Birth?

I invited my mother-in-law to come to one of the numerous ultrasounds we had of the twins back when we were pregnant. I felt like it was only fair since I not only invited my mother to come to a few appointments, but I would have been personally crushed if my mother hadn't taken me up on the offer. I was a new mum-to-be after a long time of waiting to become a new mum-to-be, and if my mother had shared in the crappiness of infertility with us, I wanted her there to celebrate in the joy of impending parenthood with us. ...more

My mom and husband were both there. She'd just lost her own mother after a long, long illness ... more

Should We Have Waited 100 Years? Mark Twain's Autobiography and Today's Blogging

Mark Twain asked for 100 years to pass to have his autobiography published in what he hoped would be a more open-minded era (he had unpopular feelings about events of the time). But a stronger reason may have been this: Even if he was telling the absolute truth, with no fish stories that could be challenged by his peers, Twain may have felt uncomfortable being his true self and speaking openly about people who had a chance to read about themselves in print. It's an idea that bloggers know all too well. You start writing for yourself, and within a few posts, you realize that your story is also tied to many other people. Some of those people will be excited to see themselves described through a blogger's eyes (especially when it's a good story), but more than one blogger has seen the negative consequences of writing about other people. ...more

Like you said, permission is so important. We can bare as much as we wish about ourselves, but ... more