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New Mom Checklist for Maternal Mental Health Help

I have the hardest time remembering what to say when I visit a doctor. During the days prior to my appointment I spend time thinking about the symptoms and/or feelings that I should address, but when I sit down and face her, much of it just floats away. The stress of that day presses in.  All that I need to get done … [Read more...]

Rock What You’ve Got

. GUEST POST By: Morgann of Glitter in the Grey I'd like to welcome Morgann, a fellow Pacific Northwesterner and style blogger. I started following her earlier this year and asked her to guest post because I love getting her posts in my inbox, and thought you would too. Her style is fun but very doable for us busy working moms (whether we work at … [Read more...]

Media, Moms & Medication #MentalHealth

Last Thursday I received a phone call from a producer at Anderson Live daytime TV show. "Hi Cristi. Would you be interested in being a guest on our show next Tuesday about the Parenting.com story Xanax Make Me a Better Mom." The story had gone viral and was making news. After panicking for a bit, I called my husband and then messaged a group of … [Read more...]

I want to help families get a strong start.

Today October 5th is THE #1 day each year on which more babies are born than any other. And I totally believe that statistic. Today is my first born Ronin's 5th birthday! Happy Birthday Little Man!  AND its my brother Ron's 36th birthday. Happy Birthday Little Bro! Today is also the second annual Strong Start Day for Postpartum Progress … [Read more...]

I’m not a bad mom because I need my fifteen minutes first. #notabadmom

Today I'd like to welcome Tracie to the blog. I just love this post because we can so easily feel guilty putting ourselves first as moms. But unless we speak up, get our needs met and feel our best, we can't be our best for our families. Don't you agree? :) Thank you Tracie for sharing your experiences with us! Also, just FYI, I'm putting out an … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because of Mental Illness

Please welcome A'Driane for this week's "Not a Bad Mom" post. Don't know about my weekly Thursday series, check it out HERE. This beautifully written post about living through postpartum depression and now bipolar disorder really speaks to me. Please show A'Driane some love today.  GUEST POST: By: A’Driane @addyeB www.Butterfly-Confessions.com A … [Read more...]

Is She a Bad Mom Because Motherhood Doesn’t Feel Natural?

Ok friends, today's "I'm Not a Bad Mom Because..." is quite a bit different from the typical. This is Tracy and she is a beautiful person inside and out. And she's having a mama crisis right now. I know something about which she speaks, so I wanted to share her words with you here. I'm sure a lot of moms and dads out there have felt this way … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Lock the Door

Please welcome my friend Laura to this week's "I'm Not a Bad Mom Because..." Laura was one of the very first women I met on Twitter back before I was blogging, because we're both late night tweeters and breastfeeding advocates. She wrote one of my very first guest posts on breastfeeding in public. And we were fortunate enough to meet in person at … [Read more...]

Postpartum Depression: A Daddy Problem Too

. GUEST POST: From ActiveWoMOM; Inspire. Motivate. Live. Lucky for MOMs, the talk and support provided has increased significantly for women in the unlovely realm of postpartum depression. Unfortunately, postpartum depression can effect the male population as well, and so far it isn’t touched on much. Postpartum depression is not the ‘baby … [Read more...]