Meet Kristin of Little Mama Jama–a stay-at-home mom raising her son on a college campus, a Post-Partum Depression survivor, and a fun and frugal young mommy blogger. Connect with her here. Thanks for sharing your story Kristin!
Tell us the story of your “two lines.”
My husband and I had just moved to a new state to start graduate school. I hadn’t been feeling well and was about to sign up for a fitness boot camp, so I thought I’d better just make sure I wasn’t pregnant before doing that. I woke up at 6am and took a home pregnancy test. I was in complete shock when I saw those two lines! I went to wake up my husband so we could talk about it. His response? He said, “Oh, you’re pregnant. Okay.” Then he went back to bed.
What’s a typical day in your life look like?
I’m a stay-at-home mom, so I wake up when my 14-month-old son gets up in the morning. Sometimes that’s 8am, and other mornings he wakes up at 6am! C is hungry when he wakes up, so we eat breakfast and then play. Our day is typically a continual series of meals, diaper changes, and playtime. Now that we’ve moved to a larger city, I’m hoping to get involved in a local playgroup so that C and I can both meet some new mom and baby friends to hang out with during the week!
Your husband is an RA–how is it raising a family on a campus?
Hubster, as I refer to him, and I met when we were RAs in college. He has continued working in student affairs through graduate school and now, as a professional, he is an Area Coordinator. Our apartment is located within a residence hall and he works on campus and supervises RAs from several buildings. I love that my son is growing up knowing the value of higher education and diversity. There are some downfalls, such as some inadvertent exposure to adult language, but overall it’s been an excellent experience.
Best part about being a young mom:
I know I’m getting ahead of myself, but I’m happy that I’ll be a young grandmother! 😉 Even though becoming young parents was not part of our “life plan,” it is wonderful that we will (hopefully!) have many years to enjoy our children and any future grandchildren.
The hardest part?
I was among the first of my friends to have a baby. It was an unexpected pregnancy, and it has certainly changed the course of my life. I wouldn’t have it any other way, though.
Rudest comment you’ve ever received?
“You look really good for someone who sits around all day!” This person, bless her heart, didn’t mean anything bad by this comment; but I was seething! (Editor’s note: O.M.G.!)
Tell us about your journey with PPD.
I didn’t realize it, but I was a prime candidate for PPD. I had a surprise pregnancy, a difficult pregnancy, a life change (withdrawing from graduate school, becoming unemployed), a traumatic birth experience and a child with colic. I experienced what I call a slow fall down the rabbit hole. My symptoms of irritation, anger, brain fog, headaches, intrusive thoughts, anxiety and emotional numbness gradually progressed until they reached a crescendo when my son was seven months old. I clicked on a link to someone’s blog post about her diagnosis of PPA, and I saw so much of myself in her story. That was when I knew I needed help. I’ve now been on an antidepressant for seven months and have utilized talk therapy, both of which have helped me tremendously.
How did you decide to be a stay-at-home mom?
I actually became a stay-at-home mom out of necessity. I had hyperemesis with my pregnancy and was very ill, so I had to withdraw from graduate school and leave my graduate assistantship. Once I had C, I chose to stay home with him because the cost of daycare was about the same as the salary of available jobs in that city.
What’s next in your life plan?
Hubster is starting a new job this summer and we’re living in a new city, so I’m eager to get settled and explore our new hometown. I will continue to write and work from home as a social media/marketing coordinator. Eventually, I’d love to start a support group for moms with postpartum mood disorders in my area.