You guys. YOU GUYS! It’s Jason Ritter, yes, that fantastic actor from our FAVORITE TV SHOW, Parenthood!!! Dreams DO come true! And he’s… well he’s fucking awesome! He came over, made our day, and discussed all the things – from dicks (of course) to phases, to justice, to artistic integrity, it’s all here! Enjoy!
Totally Mommy Podcast
One of Elizabeth’s besties and Mom to 2 year old Russell, actress Mary Elizabeth Ellis is today’s cohost discussing The Good (Russell’s adorable little word swaps, Elizabeth’s all set to go at the birth center) The Bad (Russell becoming a crib escape artist, Elizabeth having to put something up her butt) and The Funny (Russell directing his two actor parents, Elizabeth’s lack of balance causing a crack up during a special ceremony). Then they give their unqualified advice to listener questions about empathy for a friend who is struggling with infertility when you are pregnant, whether or not to have the shower after baby arrives, how to get protein in pregnancy as a vegetarian, ideas for gifts for a husband and daddy to be, what are the essentials you need before baby, how to deal with estranged family when it comes to baby, and lastly, how to set boundaries with other moms who are using your play-dates as free babysitting. Enjoy!
Totally Married Podcast
Elizabeth and Andy are sick with colds, trying to get well before labor and baby. Their sick daze makes for an out there episode as they discuss listener questions including last week’s cliffhanger about the guy who fell in love with a prostitute! Plus they give their extremely unqualified advice on how to be there for a friend who doesn’t want to treat their depression, whether or not to stay in a relationship with a fireman when things seem a little off, if it’s okay to have separate bedrooms in a marriage, and how to talk to a spouse/sibling/family members when the family is going through a heartbreaking crisis. Enjoy!
She’s a talented actress you’ve seen all over your television and film screens, and she’s a total riot – the hilarious Gillian Vigman came on and discussed her fascination with gross skin issues (walnut balls, anyone?) Her life as an adrenaline junky, and why yogurt has a whole different meaning to her. Enjoy!
In our childbirth class this weekend, our fantastic teacher, Kathy Killebrew, posed the question: what does postpartum mean to you? Of course all of us were thinking of the big D word: Depression. Because I’ve struggled on and off with the ole’ regular kind of depression for 15 years, I am a little scared that I might be dealing with the mommy version within the next few months. The flip side is that I also feel like because I’m very aware of this possibility I am more prepared take steps to treat it head on.
But I was surprised when our teacher said, “I know everyone here is thinking of depression, because that’s what our culture says postpartum is.” She went on to explain that while it’s important to be aware of depression symptoms , what postpartum actually is, is just a period of time – 6 weeks – after your baby is born. This is meant to be a time of hunkering down and feeding and bonding with your wee one. In other cultures, women look forward to postpartum for most of their lives because it is a time when they are waited on hand and foot while they have the space to connect and love on their lil nugget. Sounds good to moi!
I love this new take on postpartum. While it’s super important to have an open dialogue about potential depression and the challenges that come with a new baby – lack of sleep, feeling overwhelmed, hormones going cray cray – I have found that I’ve been inundated with these warnings, sometimes even bordering on threats it seems, while I have yet to hear anyone give me a truly clear understanding of what this time really like – and I’d like to know all of it! The good, the bad, and the funny!
Then, last week I received an email from my friend – actress and improvisor Katie Schorr, who just had an adorable lil guy named Sly: