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Inconsolable: How I Threw My Mental Health Out With the Diapers

Inconsolable: How I Threw My Mental Health Out With the Diapers

by Marrit Ingman


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Marrit Ingman became a mother on February 27, 2002. She went crazyalso on February 27, 2002. Her journey began with a plate of carne guisada and led to an emergency cesarian, ankyloglossia, colic, gastroesphageal reflux, eczema, Zoloft, Paxil, peanut allergy, suicidal ideation, hepatitis, and a whole lot of pie. Ingman documents the agony of elimination diets and tearful, sleepless nights with the same candor and humor she does the ecstasy of mama s night out and her own invention, the Playgroup Drinking Game.

Ingman addresses her own postpartum depression, her feelings of inadequacy, and her self-admittedly ridiculous perception that her infant son truly hates her. With irony, sarcasm, and wit, Ingman paints a portrait of parenthood far unlike the popular image of glowing bliss. She recounts the painful and difficult moments of babyhood with her colicky, difficult child with a mix of humor and anguish that reflects the transformative process of becoming a parentthe compromises, struggles, useless advice, and failed expectations."

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ISBN-13: 9781580051408
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/10/2005
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Marrit Ingman is a freelance essayist and cultural critic. Her work has appeared in The Austin Chronicle; Clamor, Brain, Child; Isthmus; Coast Weekly; and Mamalicious. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

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