After Jamina Bone gave birth to her second child, she was hit with strong postpartum depression, also known as PPD.
“It went from a very educational approach where I was constantly looking up the ‘best’ way to handle every aspect to being unable to move,” Bone told Bored Panda. “I used to plan activities, limit screen time, and make every opportunity a learning moment. I was a Special Educator before having kids so this was everything I wanted and felt equipped to do it all. When PPD hit, it was like wading through mud or even quicksand and still being expected to do all the things.”
She felt broken, unworthy of being a mom for her perfect little beings, and selfish for wanting to get away. “I kept the negative thoughts in my head and often imagined terrifying things from hurting myself to the death of my baby. Being isolated the first several months and lack of sleep were definite factors that played into depression but also not dealing with the sudden death of my mother in law to cancer when I was pregnant. I didn’t realize these were risk factors.” The woman didn’t realize she was depressed. She just thought she was failing.
Over time, however, Bone has managed to get out of the rut. Now, the mom-of-two is encouraging “imPERFECT moms” to ditch social norms and embrace their true badass selves. One of the ways she’s doing it is illustrating everyday situations. Through her pictures, Bone reminds people that a woman can have doubts and still be a good mom. She can feel disappointed and still be a good mom. Most importantly, she can be herself, forget the pseudoperfect happy-go-lucky mentality and still be a good mom.