My Postpartum Depression Story – Emerging on the Other Side

Jan 28, 2015 by

It’s been almost four years since that June morning and I am no longer depressed.  I have a second son now and didn’t have postpartum depression with him.  I have since bonded with and love both of my boys more than anything in my life.  My bond is strong and secure with my sons. 

 

I am happy.

 

My sons are happy.

 

So when did my PPD go away?  I’m not exactly sure.  I suppose it gradually got better with time and antidepressants.  By my son’s first birthday I guess I felt “better” or at least better adjusted.  By this, I mean I looked forward to spending time with him, I felt a connection with him, and that “mother/son” bond had been formed.  I was able to sleep again, and I wasn’t constantly obsessed with thoughts and worries.  I (somewhat) came to terms with the fact that I will never again feel the kind of “normal” I did pre-children and this was my new normal.

Motherhood is Full of Defining Moments

Jan 28, 2015 by

 

Oh these two!!!

Oh these two!!!

Ahhh, motherhood.  Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out and that you can work through the challenging parts because you’ve toughened up or even lightened up, something ALWAYS goes awry to make life more of what I refer to as “excruciatingly exciting.”  I have pondered this whole month about what my defining parenting moment has been, but have had a tough time pinning down just one. You see, I think every day we are faced with numerous defining moments or learning experiences. Some large, some small. Some lessons stay with you and some you forget because once you learn from them they become ingrained in your everyday parenting.

Snowed In

Jan 28, 2015 by

I’m forever trying to think of ideas to keep my preschooler entertained without having to turn the TV on. January can be tough enough with its deep-freeze temps, but add some heavy snow to the mix, and I need to step up my indoor entertainment game. So here I am, sharing some of our snowy day ideas that help to ease the aches and pains of cabin fever:

*Project box. We are constantly adding to this box as well as dipping into it. I’m a sucker for organization, so I love that this has a handle and and all of the fun stuff is separated and easy for little hands to access. I used small plastic containers and plastic baggies to house googly eyes, puffy stickers, sequins, pom poms, feathers, etc. And combined with the construction paper, markers, glue sticks, pipe cleaners, and ribbon, we can make anything our imaginations can imagine!

#DontHateNewEngland…reasons for winter-haters to love our home

Jan 28, 2015 by

I can’t pretend to like winter. I just cannot. Every year I try so hard to psych myself up for it…it’s cozy! There’s cocoa! And sledding! And all of that! But then it arrives, and I just cannot muster any fondness for it. Every single winter I ask myself (and my husband) why we live in this cold, cold place, where we have to stock up on supplies for a possible multi-day power outage (which thank heavens, didn’t happen…this time…) without heat or water. Why. Not. Move? 

Well, here are 21 reasons to love Connecticut and stick around through this awful season, even if you loathe our winters as much as I do:

All photos taken by me. Please do not use without permission. Thanks!

Winter’s Measurements

Jan 27, 2015 by

2011

Some families keep track of growth on a door jamb. We use snow banks!

Winter is nothing if not predictable around here.  We get some crazy forecasts, we buy bread and milk, we have snow days.  Rinse and repeat.  I took today’s snow day opportunity to browse through some winter pictures from years past.  What I found was that I can track my daughter’s growth through her stage during each winter storm.  It’s kind of funny.  Makes me feel like a true New Englander.  Take a stroll with me, if you will…

Here’s the winter of ’11.  Probably the first time I took baby girl out in the snow.  I must have been housebound stir crazy because I hate snow.  But it looks like we had a good time.  Plenty of snow at least. There were no hills in our sledding adventure.  Just Mommy breaking a sweat, hauling the girl around.

Fitbit for Parents

Jan 27, 2015 by

Last week, I received an incredibly cool birthday gift from my spouse, a fitbit ChargeHR.  The HR means this particular model comes in with a Heart Rate Monitor integrated into a watch.  I’ve played with my new toy for a few days, and it’s a bit catchy.

fitmommy

On my very first day, I earned 3 different badges:  one for walking 10,000 steps, one for climbing 20 flights of stairs, one for over 30 “active minutes” of exercise.  Yesterday, I embarked on an adventure to run up to our local Castle Craig.  I earned the “Skyscraper Badge” for climbing the equivalent of more than 100 flights of stairs.  The Skyscraper, wow!  The fitbit is a bit of morale in a wristwatch, which also syncs to your phone, your desktop, various fitness apps, and can even show you who’s calling while exercising so you don’t have to pull out your phone to see if you have to answer.

Snow Day

Jan 27, 2015 by

snow dayThere’s nothing quite like a snow day. As a kid, I vividly remember sitting at the kitchen table first thing in the morning, listening to the radio, hoping beyond hope that our school would get called. Now, we get a voicemail from the school, which most times is a trigger for my husband and me to go into panic mode in an attempt to find childcare and figure out who can be home when. But today, I got a snow day too, and it feels fabulous!

It’s nice to have a bonus day with the kids, tucked inside with the outside world all but turned off. I’m excited for the activities we’ll get to do together that we almost never get around to on the weekends. I’m also happy that I have an ample supply of coffee.

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