Allow me to reintroduce myself my name is:
Kristy Eller DeBoer or Just Happy Mommy (Jay-Z PSA reference)
This post is a reintroduction of myself and my blog mission.
I am a 34 year old mother of 2 boys and I’ve married to my babe for 10 years this September!
I started this blog more as a personal diary for me to share and explore my life as a mommy. My husband encouraged me to share my work with others. The goal was, and still is, to be real, raw and honest about being a mommy today. Life is too short to keep you down for too long. I share my stories & how I am happily navigating life & motherhood.
My most popular post was about insecurities & suffering from postpartum depression. The reaction I received was overwhelming and positive.
I got messages of praise and thanks from other women who had similar experiences. It fueled me to continue to share the not so shiny & smiley side of motherhood all while keeping it geared towards being positive and knowing that being “just happy mommy” is the cornerstone of my message.
I have explained the meaning behind the name Just Happy Mommy before but since this is a reintroduction I will tell the story again. I think it’s imperative to know where We began to understand the journey and where We are today.
When we had our second son I was suffering from mastitis and having some major baby blues. The toll the 2nd c-section took on my body, having a wild 3 year old vying for my attention and trying to nurse a newborn was more than I could handle. I wouldn’t get out of bed much unless it was to go to the bathroom or try to bathe/massage the lumps and fever out of my breasts.
My sweet husband and mother came to my rescue. I knew that I would never hurt myself or my children but I also knew I wasn’t feeling like myself. I cried and cried and just felt so defeated and sad. I will never forget my 3 year old coming to my bedside when I was in the throes of my postpartum and saying, “mommy just happy ok, just happy mommy, don’t cry, it’s ok, just happy mommy.”
So that is where the title to my blog came from. It was a tough time. But one that I am oddly thankful for because it connected me to knowing myself better. I also learned how to protect myself from things I can’t control and own my anxieties.
It’s not your fault if you are struggling. Mental health is important. The negative stigma that comes with depression is bullshit. Shame on anyone who tries to dismiss or criticize those who are suffering. I go further on this subject in this post:
I am a work in progress.
The path I take maybe different than others, but it does not mean I’m lost.
My road maybe under construction but I know where I am going.
I have faith to follow my God where He may lead me.
I hope you will continue to read my blog as I start this new chapter in my life and adventures in motherhood.
The best is yet to come!
Just Happy Mommy
Photography by: Beth Hawkins Video & Photography
Location: The Meridia Urban. Luxury. Living
I will be posting more photos with each future post.
We did 7 different looks and Beth captured my vision even better than I expected!
I am so thankful & excited to share all my fashion, beauty & workout tips!