My mother is Italian, and I come from a loving, high energy and very effusive family. No emotions on lockdown when I was growing up, (nothing has changed in that). Open expressions of love and feelings were never prohibited, and I’ll say with amusement that my energetically open, affectionate and readily communicative style of living was definitely something for my sweet husband to adjust to. But despite having grown up with such love and depth, I wasn’t prepared for the beyond intense, past all consuming feeling that is being a mom.
I don’t think anything, or anyone, can actually prepare you for the insanely, crazily beautiful, soul devouring, [...]
The other day I asked many different women in 5 different Facebook mom groups what they were struggling with and what would they like to change about it. All the women who responded stated that they were suffering from postpartum depression in silence, anxiety, and learning how to be a single mom. For the first time in my life, I’ve never related so much to a group of women who were experiencing the same situation as me.
I immediately gave them the link to a blog post that I had written about How to Make Single Parenting Work. I’ve gotten a good handle on single parenting, but my depression stills seems like an everyday battle. Many moms may experience the [...]
When I found out I was pregnant with my first child, my husband had just started medical school. We had just gotten married and moved, and BAM. We weren’t planning on having babies until a little further down the road, but hey, God’s plan is better than mine. I was a twenty-three-year-old newlywed looking for a job. I wanted to put my BioSci degree to use. Actually, I felt like I had to put it to use. I owed that to my parents who were still paying off my student loans (God bless them for that). Then I got my first big girl job as an insurance agent. I would commute to a town thirty minutes away to sell health insurance while my husband was in school during the day. Salary + [...]