About me

Hi there! I’m Suzanne.

Thanks for visiting my little corner of the internet.

Here’s who you’ll meet here: My husband Marc, who has a heart of gold, and our lovely girls, Lily (born in 2008) and Sophie (born in 2011). The fur baby is Bella.

Now that we’ve all been properly introduced, let me tell you why I started this blog.

When Lily barreled into our world, I seriously thought my brain had left my body. I was sure I’d never do anything normal again (in one particularly low moment, I panicked about having time to clip my toenails).

With A LOT of help from family, friends, medical professionals and one very wonderful neighbor, I began treatment for postpartum depression when the baby was about nine weeks old.

Still thanking my lucky stars.

And when I emerged from my fog, I discovered a way to share my experience and help other new moms by writing this blog. It’s evolved into an awesomely random collection of stories, photos, thoughts and stuff I love. But most of all, it’s about motherhood. The joys and the perils.

It took me longer than I’d wished to really fall in love with motherhood. I’m head over heels now. But, I still have  my moments. Like when Lily won’t sleep. Or when we’re stuck in the car for a really long time and all of my singing and dancing (on my head) isn’t working. Or when I get Sophie’s poo under my fingernails.

But swimming underneath all of the frustration and moments of total insanity are these beautiful little glimmers of hope and happiness.

My life IS pretty swell.

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Tooting my horn:

In 2011 pretty*swell was voted one of the Top 25 Mental Wellness Blogs on Circle of Moms, and I was named one of the Top 20 Writers on Postpartum Depression by Postpartum Progress. In 2010 the blog was nominated for a BlogLuxe Award in the “best eye candy” category. With this post, I was named a top-10 finalist in the Mabel’s Labels BlogHer ’10 Contest. And in October 2009, I was chosen to be the first-ever North Carolina State Fair Deep Fried Ambassador. Which launched my love affair with chocolate-covered bacon. I won the gig with this post. And here are all of my deep-fried shenanigans.

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I love to hear from my readers! Contact me here: prettyswell AT gmail DOT com


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  1. Suzanne,
    Never doubt for a second what an amazing, loving mother you are. Little Fry is blessed and so are you! You too are a great pair! Love you.
    Julie

  2. Suzanne,

    Reading these had me both crying and laughing. Oh how I can relate…motherhood is so hard and there is no easy “How To” book to read that solves everything. Each day and age brings us new challenges. Not to mention, how do we fit in a career? Oh man, it is hard, hard, hard! I admire your bravery and honesty. Thanks so much for posting these…it is so refreshing to read!

    Love,
    Cat

  3. Thanks for being brave enough to share your story! It is so nice to find other Mom’s out there that can be honest about the difficult transition to motherhood. During I’s baby stage I can’t count the number of times I said that I sucked at being a Mother.

    You are an awesome person and I am so glad to have met you. I wish we could find the time to get together more often. We need to get the rugrats together. I would love for them to be friends.

    ~Ann

  4. Suzanne,

    What a wonderful blog! Since our daughters our the same age I can totally relate. Your story is inspiring and uplifting!! I wish you the best of luck in everything…..I don’t know about you, but my daughter’s terrible twos are creeping up and boy are they fun 😉

    Can’t wait to read more!

    Autumn

  5. Suzanne,
    This is my first time to your blog and I must say it’s a wonderful blog! If you don’t mind, I will be adding you to my Blogroll. And I will visit your site regularly!
    Best,
    Ivy Shih Leung
    http://ivysppdblog.wordpress.com

  6. […] bloggers and local community  people to get involved.  They named an ambassador, Suzanne from the Pretty Swell blog.  I really like this strategy of using local firestarters and their networks to help outreach […]

  7. I am just visiting your blog for the first time, and really enjoy it! I found you through a comment you left on a mutual friend’s FB post about Etsy. Anyway, I’d like to add you to my blogroll if you don’t mind – I am very new to blogging, still trying to really get the hang of it.
    ~ Amy
    http://mommyoftheyear.wordpress.com

  8. Just found you today, and love your blog. Will be back often!

    Jean

  9. Visiting your blog for the first time! Thanks for what you do. I am glad to have found another blogging Survivor Mama in the blogosphere!

  10. Hey there! I found your blog through your guest posts on IndieNC, and I’m enjoying them so much, I’m adding you to my feed reader right now! Keep writing! 🙂

  11. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to add you to my reader. what’s my deal?! 🙂
    Your sweet girl is beautiful!

  12. Hi Suzanne! Just found you on SITS 31 DBBC. It is good for you to share your story! Others deal with many of the same issues. I know I do, although mine came in a different way, unless you canget PPD after 17 years, lol! I invite you to come read about my current journey with depression and anxiety and I will be following you!

  13. […] started our PPD theme this week because of our good friend, Suzanne from pretty*swell. Suzanne has been very open and honest about her journey with PPD and asked us to […]

  14. […] Suzanne, who has seen the other side of PPD, has graciously offered to share her lifeline of resources, particularly in North Carolina. If you live in another area or state and know of resources that can help other women, please post your links in the comments! […]

  15. I’ve totally been through this and I’m still on what I call my “crazy pills”. Thank goodness there is help out there!

  16. Good Morning…thought this would be a quick way to tell you that we returned safely and truly enjoyed the vacation.
    So glad the stroller thon did so well.
    How are you feeling? Been thinking of you each day with love.
    Nana

  17. […] started several PPD themed posts because of my good friend, Suzanne from pretty*swell. Suzanne has been very open and honest about her journey with PPD and asked us to […]

  18. I found your blog through one of my facebook friends and I have enjoyed the humor and wonderful photos in your blog. I love the design of your site too! I’m new to blogging and added yours to my blogroll. I am a mom to 3 and my blog helps me celebrate the small victories everyday and appreciate what has gone right in my day..rather than the many, many things that might go wrong. Please read if you’re interested and let me know what you think. Thanks!


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