Peanut Butter in My Hair

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Melissa chronicles the good the bad and the sticky of raising 3 kids with an urban heart in the suburbs, all while navigating the waters of miscarriage, pregnancy, PPD/A and no ability to cook and clean.

Melissa is a winner of Top 25 Postpartum Depression Blogs by Moms - 2012

What advice would you give to moms who are struggling with PPD?

Don't be ashamed to ask for help. Not just asking for help for your mental health but for everything. It's so hard sometimes to say look I need you to do ____ especially to a spouse but sometimes getting help on those little everyday things frees up the mental space you need to take care of yourself.

Surround yourself with love and support. If someone "doesn't get it" or is emotionally draining you you need to get them out of your life, at least temporarily so you can focus on you and your family.

When you're struggling with a physical or mental illness, how do you keep up with all the demands of motherhood?

Try to give myself grace and time. Ask for help (see above) prioritize.

I have more then one child so top priority is making sure the kids are taken care of. If feeding them and keeping them happy is all I can accomplish in a day then it's all I can accomplish. The world will not stop spinning if my house is messy or I don't answer that email.

What's a mood booster that helps you get through a bad day?

Yoga.

Prayer.

Quiet.

Unless I want music, then bad pop music played really really loud.

What's a great theme you've done for your child's birthday? Please share a link with a photo.

Melissa

We held a dress up tea party that was one of our favorites. The theme was pink butterflies and we had lots of vintage linens from grandma. To make it more fun and fancy we got cut crystal glasses for 50cents a piece at Goodwill so the girls all got to use real "fancy" glasses and they loved it! In order to fit all the girls at a table we used a coffee table and had them sit on the floor around.
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What's the best homemade costume you've ever created for a child 5 and under? Please provide a link to a photo.

Melissa

When my son was 4 he was obsessed with tarantulas and wanted to be one for Halloween. The don't exactly sell those costumes for 4 year olds so with a little ingenuity we made what I still think is the best costume we ever made.
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