When a new mama reaches out

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“Sooooo I think I might have PPD. What should I do?” Good things about this text: She had the courage to send it. That’s about it.  I’ve gotten a few of these messages since I started this blog, and it’s very difficult to respond. How do I make sure my friend feels loved and supported, […]

Disclaimer

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Welcome to the Ugly Honest website. Information on this website is intended only to provide you (”User”, “you”, “your”) with resources and information to further your access to and knowledge of postpartum issues. By using this website, you agree to comply with and be bound by these terms of use. I am not a medical […]

Round 2: Postpartum Recovery

Round 2: Postpartum Recovery
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Two Ugly things I need to be Honest about: PPD still sucks. This blog is expensive. Both bring me back here.  I shared my struggles with postpartum depression after my son (“Little Darcy”) was born as openly and honestly as I could – but I shared them after I was “through it.” I had every […]

How to eat an Elephant

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*This post was written about six months ago as a “brain dump” journal entry. It helped me to sort out how I was feeling, to clear my head of the endless “I can’t forget to…!” I didn’t intend to share it simply because I didn’t think others would find value in it. I changed my […]

Written On My Heart

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You know the expression, “stuck between a rock and a hard place”? Meaning, forced to choose between two undesirable choices? I had the opposite problem. Which made it less of a problem, but not any less difficult to make a decision. I recently read Emily Ley’s book, Grace Not Perfection, and she claims that everyone […]

Decided (Pregnancy After PPD: Part 3)

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This is the third and final post in the series, Pregnancy After PPD.  Please be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 before continuing on.  Thank you!   I’m one of the lucky ones.  I’ve gotten to see that little pink line, followed by a second, fainter pink line, appear twice (Well, more like […]

Decisions, Decisions (Getting Pregnant After PPD, Part 1)

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In my experience, if a decision is hard to make, you’re probably choosing the wrong thing. High School Emily agonized for months over choosing a college, creating pros and cons lists, asking everyone for advice, even throwing three markers (representing the three schools) into a bag and picking one out (had I actually gone with […]

Pregnancy After PPD Series: Introduction

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Happy 2018 everyone!  I haven’t forgotten about this blog, but I did get a little caught up in other endeavors–and bogged down trying to write the perfect post to announce our good news: we’re expecting Baby #2!   From wondering if it was the right time to finding out I was pregnant again, there’s been a […]

God’s Little Coconuts

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  Did you ever play Mario Kart on a Nintendo 64? Remember how coconuts would bash into your little go-kart when you got too far off course? That’s been my analogy for God’s role in my life: he’ll let me stray only so far from my path before he starts to tap, tap, tap me […]