Thanks for visiting my blog, and hello to those stopping by from the D-Listed Blog Party. If I set this right, this post should stay up top until the 21st, but I'll still be blogging, so check below for the new posts (or subscribe through blogger or my RSS feed). This should be a great way for us to "meet" and check out eachother's blogs, so leave me a comment and a link to yours if you stop by.
Since this may bring some new people by, I'll start with an introduction.
My name's Raine, I'm a 28 years old, & I started this blog while pregnant with my first child. My son, Robbie, is now 7 weeks old and I live with him, my husband Billy, 3 dogs, and a cat in North Carolina. I've blogged for years on livejournal, but wanted a separate space for my pregnancy and family life, so I started this. At the time, I was learning a lot about the commercialization of birth and how so many places denied women choices and options that should be their right, and was fired up (and rant-y) about a lot of things, so I figured "Mama Rants" would be the perfect name for my blog.
I spent 7 years as a prison guard, then lost my job while pregnant, so I'm a sort-of SAHM right now. I've worked part time in real estate for 3 years, and need some sort of income, so I'll be going back into that here in a couple weeks. I'll be working partly from home and partly from the office, but bringing the baby with me to both because I do not want to put him in daycare leave him with anyone else during the day. If nothing else, that should prove interesting and give me a few stories for blog fodder. :)
In other things, I am a runner (a slow, fat runner, but a runner nonetheless) and am training for my first triathlon. I'll be posting some updates and maybe pics from training and races, but not a lot of numbers and info relating to weight loss. This is because I'm in recovery after years if disordered eating and, while I'm now obese, the diet and weight talk to more harm for me than good. I do believe in "fat acceptance" and health at every size, so I will focus on progress as far as speed, endurance, and energy, and consider weight gained or lost as a side issue.
I also mention mental health issues occasionally. In addition to the eating disorders, I have had depression since my teenage years, and developed PTSD and anxiety/panic attacks after an incident in college. This contributed to pretty severe antepartum depression and one helluva case of the "baby blues" which I'm hoping doesn't turn into something more, but I seem to be doing well with both of those right now. I do try to provide "trigger warnings" on any posts that might bring up things for people with similar problems though.
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