Sunny Imperfections

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” —Robert Browning

Becky Schroeder – writer & maternal mental health advocate

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Losing A Pet Left A Hole In My Heart

The day I met Nina I was at a friend’s barbecue in San Francisco. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a brick of a dog running straight for my knees. As she got closer, she showed no…
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My Baby Went To Daycare

My daughter started daycare today. And by daycare I mean my sister’s house where at 9am we were enthusiastically greeted by my niece who repeatedly yelled, “Baby, baby, baby” as she ran to the door to hug us. I know…
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How I Became Comfortable In My Own Skin

When I was in my mid-twenties I went to a party where I met a woman who had just turned thirty. Unsure now why the question entered my mind, I asked her if anything about this birthday felt different for…
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A Letter From Your Introverted Friend

Dear Friend, Lately I’ve been worried that you might be thinking I don’t care for you as much as I do. I need you to know I care for you deeply and consider you a great friend. I promise. We…
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Why Today Will Be the Day I Donate to Suicide Prevention

I strolled my precious baby to the mailbox this morning to get the mail like we do together almost every day. Inside was a piece of mail from San Francisco Suicide Prevention, a familiar envelope I receive regularly from their dedicated fundraising team…
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My Worst Symptom Of All

My bedroom scares me. When I walk into the dark room at night and slowly pull back the covers on my bed, I feel the anxious ball of energy beginning to form in my stomach. I hear the thoughts telling…
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I Had A Friend Come Over

Since my daughter’s birth most of my visitors have been family and close friends. So when one of these visitors come knocking I don’t care much if I have dirty pots in the sink, if my mascara is under my…
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Colic what?

There were so many challenging things about having a baby with colic. Too many to talk about in one blog post. One thing that stands out today and that has bothered me since I found out my daughter had colic…
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You Are The Best Thing

There are a lot of new babies in my life currently and more on the way. It seriously feels like a baby frenzy around here. I’ve sometimes felt badly that when I talk with these new moms or moms to…
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Reach out

The first question most people ask you when you’re a new mom is, “How are you doing?” or “How are you feeling?” Braving a smile and downplaying my feelings got old for me real fast. Not only was it exhausting,…
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Beauty In Imperfection

When I lived in San Francisco my husband and I would frequent a small, local art gallery just a block from our apartment. It was one of our weekly activities usually stopping in before going out to dinner at one…
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