Monthly Archives: April 2010

Six years ago

Six years ago today I began a journey at 1:15p.m.

I had no idea where I was going. No clue regarding the difficulty of the tasks ahead.

I could say it was the beginning of the fall. But I won’t. I don’t see it that way.

Six years ago, not only did I give birth to my first child, I unknowingly gave birth to a new me. I gave birth to a strong new woman who was about to be tested in ways she never thought possible. Ways that allowed me to grow in directions I never thought possible.

I am constantly amazed at my daughter’s intelligence, her impeccable sense of humor, and her compassion toward everyone around her. The girl would give you the shirt off her back if she thought it would help you. (I have NO idea where she gets all this compassion from. None! *wink*)

I’m thrilled to celebrate her birthday today. And truly the ultimate Survivor Mama Day for me. Because six years ago today is when the me today was born. And I am madly in love with both of us!

Flattery will get you everywhere: I got a blogger Award!

Here are the rules…

1. Post the award. <Oh so done!>

2. Thank and mention the person who gave you the award. <Kimberly over @ All Work & No Play Make Mommy Go Something Something sent this beauty my way. Thank you SO much. The timing couldn’t have been better.>

3. Pass the award on to seven blogs who you think embody the spirit of the Kreativ Blogger Award.
Katherine at Postpartum Progress,  Amber at Beyond Postpartum, Kristine at Cora’s Story, Weasel Momma at World of Weasels, Mama 2.0 @ NuckingFuts, MommyGeekology over at MommyGeekology, and Lisa at Our Happy Nut House.

4. Name seven things about yourself that others don’t know.

1. I’ve never read or even held a copy of the famed novel, Moby Dick. (BAD English major graduate! BAD!)

2. I love pistachio flavored anything.

3. I could probably eat my weight in bacon. And still want more. BACON!

4. I can’t read trashy romance novels. The atrocious grammar annoys me.

5. Dinnertime as a child was more often a lesson in sarcasm and wit than anything.

6. I’m a New Jersey Devils Fan. That’s right people. I.LOVE.HOCKEY.

7. I’m also a New Jersey York Giants fan. Even if they did destroy the stadium, the bastards.

5. Don’t forget to notify your seven bloggers about their award and post a link to their blog. <Done!>

Perinatal Mood Disorder Clinic opens in Colorado

The Perinatal Mood Disorder Clinic at the University of Colorado Hospital has been established to help women with these difficulties. The Mood Disorder Clinic serves as an on-site resource for pregnancy and postpartum mood evaluation. Through the collaboration of Elizabeth Brass, MD, OB/Gyn, Erica Schwartz, CNM, DNP(c), director of the nurse midwifery program and Cheryl Chessick MD, a psychiatrist, from the Depression Center the mood disorder clinic has been established. This mixed complement of staffing allows for an integrated approach to diagnoses and treatment. Comprehensive screening for these disorders are conducted and the providers review the risks and benefits of treatment modalities during pregnancy and lactation. An avenue for ongoing community referrals has also been developed.

This is great news for the women of Colorado and surrounding areas!

Kudos to Dr. Oz MD & Dr. Michael Roizen MD

Last night as I was traversing Publix during our weekly grocery trip, all three kids in tow, I managed to flip through a copy of YOU, Having a Baby by Dr. Michael Roizen, M.D., and Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. Yes, that’s the same Dr. Oz with the daily TV show.

I picked it up and flipped to the index. Betcha can’t guess what I was checking for…. c’mon. Guess!

I almost didn’t find Postpartum Depression. When I did, it had three page numbers listed. Thankfully, Postpartum Psychosis was listed right below it so I flipped to the page closest to that one. (Pages 272 & 273 if you’re wondering.)

Dr. Roizen and Dr. Mehmet?


Thank you for addressing Postpartum Mood Disorders properly.

Thank you for distinguishing between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression.

Thank you for acknowledging that if a woman even THINKS there’s a problem she should see her provider.

THANK YOU for talking about scary thoughts.

THANK YOU for writing so honestly and informatively about Postpartum Psychosis and not making moms who have PPP seem like hopeless cases. Because they’re not.

I was very impressed indeed.

I can only hope other pregnancy book authors will follow your lead and write so honestly and informatively about Postpartum Mood Disorders. Moms deserve nothing less.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I did not receive anything at all for writing this review. It is an honest gut reaction from randomly picking the book up while my two year old attempted to nap on my chest as we waited for Daddy to bring his sisters back from a bathroom break. It doesn’t get anymore real and honest than that, people. And yes, there is a link to purchase the book @ Amazon BUT it is not a link via my Amazon Associates account. Just a plain ol’ link.)