Strong Legs Like My Mother

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  I didn’t want to tell my Mom I had postpartum depression.  I knew I needed to share my diagnosis , for many reasons. I wanted to explain that who I had been the last year wasn’t who I wanted to be. That there was an underlying issue. Not to make excuses for myself but to offer […]

Taking the Pills

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My Dad doesn’t take pills. When his doctor informed him that he was pre-diabetic, Dad asked for six months to get his diet and exercise in-line before starting medication. At fifty-five, he is very proud of the fact that he doesn’t need daily meds to manage his cholesterol or sugar or whatever else middle-aged men […]

Little Darcy

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Meet Little Darcy, the miniature version of the love of my life. (To be clear, I mean my husband The Engineer, not the immortal Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pride and Prejudice.  Because he’s, you know, fictional.  Unfortunately.) This sweet boy joined our family in June of 2016 and we’ve been wondering what we could have possibly […]

The (My) Engineer

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The day my parents dropped me off at college, my Dad said to me, “Do what you want, just don’t date an engineer.” The Engineer and I met later that afternoon. We became an official couple two months later—I say official, because the girls in my dorm would tease me about being “courted” by the […]

My Own Advocate

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Reading Present Over Perfect in the waiting room the other week, I overheard a young woman pushing a stroller quietly say to the receptionist, “I’m here for the Open Clinic. The Perinatal Mood Disorders one.” “Do you have an appointment?” She did not. Understandably so, given the title “Open Clinic.” She was just hoping to […]

Meet Dry Mama

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My sister and I are pretty close. The kind of close where I asked her if I could borrow a pair of underwear when I ran out at my parents’ house the other week and she gave me a pair of my own back that she’d somehow wound up with three years ago.  That she’d […]

Thriving or Surviving?

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Did your parents ever tell you to clean your plate because there were kids in Africa starving? To stop whining about sharing a room when some kids don’t even have a roof over their heads? I only recently realized the flaws in this approach.  Don’t get me wrong—The Engineer and I fully intend to instill […]

Denial, Monica-Style

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Remember the Friends episode when Monica tries to convince Chandler she isn’t sick? When she can’t speak clearly because her nose is so clogged with snot? Telling everyone she’s “fineeeed” when she obviously just needs to lie down, maybe watch a little Friends on Netflix? (Or the 90s equivalent, so…Friends on TV?) That was me over […]

Chrissy Teigen Saved My Motherhood

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I love Pinterest—it’s 2017, who doesn’t? One of my favorite things about it, though, is that sweet little button that says “secret.” You can make all sorts of secret boards without anyone else seeing your crazy. Back when Pinterest and I were both still young, I pinned photo after photo of clever favor ideas, elegant […]