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 crazy—also 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 parent—the compromises, struggles, useless advice, and failed expectations.

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On Sale
Sep 21, 2005
Page Count
256 pages
Seal Press

Marrit Ingman

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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