Did your birthing and parenting views evolve or change completely with each pregnancy or birth? Mine surely have — like a complete 180!
Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
This past weekend my good friend totally surprised me with the most beautiful baby shower! It’s my first shower, I didn’t have one with my first pregnancy because I was too ill (in my opinion) and really didn’t want to be seen by anyone and I definitely didn’t want to be the center of attention. Self-conscious and low self-esteem are under statements. But I really enjoyed myself and am so thankful to her!
Well you all… the video’s from the Listen To Your Mother Show, have officially been released and here is my video. Me reading my essay “Reality Has Its Own Plans”.
I still can’t believe that I did this but I sure am thankful that I did.
Enjoy ALL the beautiful stories from so many beautiful women.
I forget — well, maybe I don’t realize — or maybe I’ve suppressed the memories of how sick I was.
This was my third Mother’s Day… but my first Mother’s Day without Postpartum Depression (PPD) looming over my head, daring me to feel the joy of motherhood.
But, this Mother’s Day was nothing short of amazing.
You all! I had the amazing honor of being Aetna’s featured mom to raise awareness of Postpartum Depression!
Me? Holy Crap! God has really allowed me to turn my hell into something beautiful.
As you may know 2015 is my year of saying YES… and I did!
Yes, I was nervous but I thought… “It can’t be that bad… to simply speak my truth”… and it wasn’t. It turned out to be TONS of fun… and surprisingly hard work. Who knew that it could be so hard to act natural?
I worked with an awesome, laid-back fun production team from Mod WorldWide based in Philadelphia. Who laughed when my toddler said “Oh fruck!” upon meeting them. He likes trucks and isn’t able to pronounce it correctly just yet. 😉 and Jon was totally cool with me insinuating that he was speaking like a valley girl! I must say the entire experience was great!
I had my very own makeup artist, the fabulous Eva Jane Bunkley who has won TWO Emmy’s for her work — and she touched my blotchy face! OMGoodness! She went above and beyond during the shoot.
Now I may ramble here, but get this y’all…
They said things like…
They referred to ME as the talent… Say what???
…and all these other industry terms that have escaped me! This was the real deal — I could totally get used to it!
Here is the video. I hope that you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the process! I totally feel like a #PPDWarrior
Now for my acceptance speech…
I thank God, The team from Mod WorldWide for finding me, Aetna for choosing me, Eva for beautifying me and everyone that worked on the video that I wasn’t able to meet in person. THANK YOU!
And … a shout out to my son Ari, for being so darn cute!! Lastly my husband for dealing with the diva that is blooming inside.
In the end this was a great opportunity to speak out on PPD. I am so thankful!
I won’t say much here — I’ll let the video speak for itself.
But I can’t think of a better reason to make an absolute fool of myself — AND have fun doing it, than raising awareness of Postpartum Depression and disorders like it! I mean…
it is THE MOST COMMON COMPLICATION OF CHILDBIRTH for goodness sake!
I made a real good fool of myself . . . for a REALLY great cause. I know all too well that the suffering is REAL. This is the least I could do! and I was JUST asking what MORE I could do to help… this is a start! 😉
#COTD2015 #PPD #WarriorMomRap