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Entries in ppd (3)


Raising Awareness of Postpartum Depression 

On Saturday, June 20th I'll be joining Postpartum Progress' Climb Out of the Darkness in a hike to raise awareness of postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, psychosis and more. I will be hiking one of my favorite bay area hikes. 

Mothers across the globe will join together to climb mountains and hike trails to represent their symbolic rise out of the darkness of maternal mental illness and into the light of hope and recovery. I'm proud that I will be one of those climbers! 

Nearly five years ago I struggled with PPD after the birth of my first child Reese. Although it was a long time ago I remember that time in my life like it was yesterday. It was dark, scary and sad. Opposite of what I imagined feeling after bringing home my baby. Fortunately it was a brief period in my life but I will always honor it and continue to share my story with anyone who will listen because the more people who know about this stuff, the more other moms and families will have support. 

I am still so thankful everyday for the love and support from my husband, family and friends. 

Some things to keep in mind: 
  • One in every seven women gets a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder like PPD 
  • Prenatal mood and anxiety disorders can show up any time during pregnancy or in the first 12 months after birth.
  • Only 15% of women with postpartum depression ever receive professional treatment. This means about 850,000 women each year are not getting the help they need
Please take a moment to visit the Post Progress website to learn more. If you'd like to support the cause and or join in helping me fundraise, please visit my fundraising page.  


Thank you! 

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It Goes By So Fast


Everyone always says to enjoy the time with your little one because time sure flies. Wow, it sure does. Reese turned two this week! I can't believe how much she's changed in the past year. She has so much personality and challenges me not only to be a better mom but also to be a better person every day.

Tea for TwoI often hear moms say that they miss the baby stage. Ha, not me! I really don't miss changing 8-10 diapers a day, I don't miss feeding every couple of hours, I don't miss being attached to a damn breast pump and I don't miss the lack of sleep or incessant crying. But of course I can’t wait to have another child!!

For me, toddlers are so much more fun! Maybe we just haven't hit the "terrible two" stage?" Sometimes I think that I have it easy because I had a nasty run-in with Post Partum Depression so anything after that is considered easy! Yesterday we had a little "Mommy and Me" tea party at home. It was really special. 

All I know is that I am enjoying watching Reese grow into her own little person - super sassy already. She’s talking up a storm these days so just being able to communicate is a huge benefit. What’s most fascinating for me is to watch as she soaks up information and applies it to her world. And her ability to demonstrate compassion for other kids (aside from the pushing that is becoming less and less) melts my heart every time. 

I am sure every stage is going to bring different challenges and some stages will be easier than others. One thing I know for sure is that I will not take for granted being able to see my baby sprout into this amazing little girl.

What has your favorite stage/age been so far and why? 


MommyBeta Podcast - Episode 3

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This week, we discuss Alex's struggle with Postpartum Depression in depth. She is so brave! We also discussNathalee's post on febrile seizures, which she learned about thanks to our friends at the Kids Are Hard podcast.

Also, Jennifer tells us about keeping her baby safe in a storm shelter as she heads for cover in the Midwest. Scary stuff!

And Natali shares her woes as she learns to be a WAHM.

We also have new music on our podcast this week from the one and only Frances England! If you haven't listened to this music with your children, you should! She's great!

Thank you for listening! We appreciate your downloads!