crazy—I have depression and anxiety, the kind that are chronic and genetic and unlikely to ever fully disappear.  They have shown up in various forms over the years, notably as an eating disorder in my teens and as postpartum depression after the birth of my first kid.  I’m also severely introverted, which isn’t a mental illness at all but does tie into my social anxiety.

mama—I’m the mother of Little Boy, now three years old, and I’m currently about two weeks away from giving birth to his baby brother.  Generic platitudes about motherhood annoy me.  I can also get very grumpy about unscientific parenting advice.

PhD—The original name of this blog was crazy grad mama, where the “grad” meant “graduate student.”  I received my PhD in the summer of 2017.  I’ve chosen not to pursue a career in academia, which means I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

There’s one other thing you ought to know to make sense of my archives: I’m queer, but I didn’t know this when I started blogging!  I am married to a wonderful transgender individual who is in the process of transitioning from male to female.  Prior to July 2016, my writing refers to this person as a straight man; there are multiple posts on parental gender roles in this context.