Today I have such great news. I am now an official contributor for Postpartum Progress, the most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. Postpartum Progress is listed #8 on Babble’s list of the Top 50 Pregnancy Blogs, has been among Psych Central’s “Top 10 Depression Blogs” for several years running, and was selected as Fit Pregnancy’s Best Advice Blog. The blog has been recommended by Health.com, Parenting.com, Scholastic Parent & Child, and many other media outlets, as well as by many of the top clinicians specializing in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I am so thrilled to be even a small part of the team.
My “Not a Bad Mom” series is on the move this week at Postpartum Progress blog. Please click over HERE to read my expanded post “I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I had PPD” and then look around at the wonderful resources the blog offers from Daily Hope emails to the 6-Things series to the Warrior Moms photo album and so much more.
IN OTHER NEWS…
As you know I dyed my hair blue in honor of raising awareness for suicide prevention. I’ve dyed it twice in 2 months and I already have giant grey roots coming in! And although its been fun and eye-opening and community building (#bluebloggers) to have blue hair it cannot last forever.
But to quote my fellow #blueblogger Brian, “I don’t have blue hair, I AM blue hair.” And I SO mean that. I want to keep the conversation going. I want to have “blue hair” forever. So I did something yesterday that I’m excited and still nervous about!
I got a new tattoo.
Granted I have/had 3 tiny tattoos before yesterday in hidden locations. (Tiny, like the size of a quarter.) This new tattoo is big (for me) at about 4 inches tall and is in a public location (the inside of my arm.) So a bit nerve-wracking at the moment. But I love it too.
It is a blue-haired fairy in honor of suicide prevention and mental health awareness. She is sitting on a moon looking up to two stars, which represent my kids and my husband. This tattoo is special because it is about the two most important things in my life, my family and mental health.
But I’m nervous because just like my blue hair, I’m sure I will get a few extra stares or perhaps judgement that my character is somehow different because of art on my body.
You be the judge. Isn’t she beautiful? A gorgeous, strong blue-haired warrior goddess. (FYI, the design is based on art by Seattle fantasy artist Amy Brown AmyBrownArt.com)