Being a mentally ill mother

I have a half a dozen posts in various stages of drafting, but they’ve all been kind of languishing because I’m sick. Not sick as in, “I feel like I’ve been run over by a 16 wheeler.” Nor like “totally battling cancer and chemo wiped me out.” It’s “my god I feel terrible and I... Read more »

Why the hell has my anxiety increased?

I woke up at 3am. Actually, my FitBit said that my sleep ended at 2:20am. So, I’ve been awake since 2:20, and while I am tired, I’m still humming along (somehow) with adrenaline coursing through me. For no fucking reason. I haven’t been chased by any rabid, gun-toting, creepy gravelly-voiced bears this morning, or nearly... Read more »

Giving birth is not the hardest thing I've done

When given this prompt, I wondered–what was the thing I had to work hardest at? Not being pregnant. Or giving birth. Or being a parent. I did work hard at training for the Chicago Marathon even though I hated running and would get the runner’s trots constantly and ended up running half marathons most Saturdays... Read more »
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7 Really Weird Kids Videos on YouTube

I've seen all 1,065,437 versions of Wheels on the Bus that's on YouTube, and this one is by far the trippiest. I mean, this is a total '60s vibe, and quite enjoyable if you are tipsy.
There are some really freaking weird videos for kids on YouTube. Let me back up. My toddler daughter loves YouTube. It’s the perfect version of TV for impatient little kids who want their way. For example, she’s all about Wheels on the Bus right now. With a couple of swipes on the iPad, I can... Read more »

The Harambe gorilla incident made me decide to leash my toddler

The Harambe gorilla incident made me decide to leash my toddler
The rumblings slowly came up on Facebook. Memes of a random gorilla, outrage about a nonsense killing. Something involving a kid. What the heck happened, I wondered? If you know me, I generally try to skip past upsetting news because I feel too much empathy to try to shock my system with empathy-inducing stories. Especially... Read more »

#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou

#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou
#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou but says something that hurts you, and says it’s a joke, don’t you have a sense of humor? #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou but forbids you from going to Walmart, playgrounds, the grocery store near your home #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou but gaslights and pretends he never said/did something, and that you’re the crazy one This hashtag is trending on Twitter,... Read more »
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Dear Mom, what if?

Dear Mom, what if?
Dear Mom, It’s my second Mother’s Day without you. As my daughter grows, I keep wondering what if? Before you start hoping, I will not let my daughter around dad. Never. I do not want her to think it is okay to belittle people, to put them down verbally. I do not want her to... Read more »

Homeschool diploma flap: do they really need a GED?

The headline caught my eye. I mean, why wouldn’t it? Christian homeschoolers cry discrimination after trade schools ask for proof they learned something I laugh-snorted while reading it. The laugh was a little bit because the headline was spot on with HSLDA’s sense of entitlement, and a little bit out of sadness because there are... Read more »

Ten reasons why toddlers are cats

 They love string. Anything that looks like string. Her current favorite thing to do is to bat at the straps on the bus or train.
My toddler is like a cat. That makes cat #4. Am I officially a crazy cat lady?
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Food, weight, anxiety, depression, control...acceptance?

Food, weight, anxiety, depression, control...acceptance?
Food. Where do I begin? Food is punishment, and food is reward. Food soothes, and food stokes anxiety. Food is a means of control when life is out of control. I’ve always been a bit of an odd duck when it comes to food, avoiding certain types of foods and certain types of places to... Read more »