Before I begin blogging, I never really understood the point – why would I want to read a weblog about someone I’ve never met? And then I had my first baby. I felt so alone. There were things I couldn’t say to my IRL friends…moms who seemed to have it all figured out. I don’t remember how I stumbled on my first blog, but I distinctly remember reading this on Baby Rabies about the myth of supermom. Jill’s honesty changed my world. I was hooked – and found a community of women who are changing the culture of motherhood one post a time. They’ll never know how much they helped me, truly.
A while ago, I saw Brene Brown’s TED talk about vulnerability and decided to take a deep breath and share my story. I want to contribute to this community of moms, make the truth less frightening, and share my experiences surviving PPD and living with anxiety and a mood disorder. I’m not sure exactly what category I fit into, but I’m alright with that. I’m just writing about what makes me happy. A little bit about my family, maybe a little bit about cooking & reading & crafting, even more about my 4 and 1-year-old daughters (Bug and Bean), and a lot about what I’m learning about myself and mental health while fumbling through this thing called parenting. I write when I’m inspired and take breaks when I have nothing to say…it is (and will probably always be) casual.
So Hi! I’m Susan. I’m a wife of 10 years, mother to two amazing daughters, a music teacher, and recent New England transplant. Bug is 4 years old and Bean was born in December, 2011. I’ve survived postpartum depression and anxiety once, and kicked antenatal depression’s ass with my most recent pregnancy. Now I’m finding happiness (despite a life-long diagnosis of GAD) with the help of a great support network and the miracle of science.
I’m honored to have participated in the 2010 Mother’s Day Rally for Mental Health over at Postpartum Progress and to have been named of the Top 10 Writers on Postpartum Depression in 2011 by Katherine Stone.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey.