Author Archives: tranquilamama

About tranquilamama

Juggling parenthood, housework and working outside the home in the corporate world with my wonderful husband. Mom to 2 beautiful girls. PPD and PPA survivor. The title of my blog is after a phrase that was repeated to me in Spain during my semester abroad in college. It roughly translates to relax and calm down. Trying to tame my inner perfectionist and just be a good enough mom.

Calm amidst the chaos

I found my holiday spirit.  Unlike my husband and my girls, I am not ready for Christmas immediately after we have finished our Thanksgiving meal.  I tend to obsess and worry about all the things that need to be done … Continue reading

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The power of community

I had planned a quick trip to Kohl’s to pick up a few Christmas gifts. I made my way through the store with confidence. I faltered in the home goods section. All the picture frame choices overwhelmed.  I struck up … Continue reading

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To my fellow mamas

I have spent the past two weeks reading and sharing posts about the verdict of the Michael Brown case. My heart breaks for his parents who will celebrate their first holiday season without him and with this case and their … Continue reading

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Fitness Fridays: Self-care Is Not Selfish

I could repeat this title to myself over and over in hopes that it would sink in.  In the depths of my postpartum depression and my postpartum anxiety, I could not fathom doing anything that did not involve my husband … Continue reading

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In honor of a WWII veteran

My late paternal grandfather, John L. Pody, served as part of the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II.  He in the Aleutian Islands just off of Alaska.  His skill in fishing and hunting helped keep his fellow soldiers warm … Continue reading

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Family Ties

As I started to research more about postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety, I discovered that depression and anxiety have a genetic component.  I started doing my research and polling all of my relatives.  Had anyone struggled with perinatal mood and … Continue reading

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Fall purge

Winter is coming to Wisconsin; we woke up to snow on Halloween morning! We spent our weekend preparing for winter.  We raked the lawn, and we started cleaning out our closets.  My girls both had their birthdays, and we knew … Continue reading

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