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. But it creeps me out. I feel like I'll never just be safe and in peace, without having to look over my shoulder.

 

As awful as this sounds sometimes I wish she would just disappear so I didn't have to deal with it anymore. This new info leaves me feeling drained and uneasy. What if she finds out where I'm birthing my new baby and shows up or otherwise creates a circus at the delivery? She always has to be in the middle of everything, and she is so good at manipulating people that I don't stand a chance.

 






I drank two bloody marys last night, pregnant and all. It was that or spend the night throwing up from the stress. I hate that she still has power over me. 



I hope they were spaced a couple of hours apart and not super strong. Im not a stickler about alcohol consumption during pregnancy, but c'mon...hard liquor? Im sure you did it in a responsible way, so Im not going to pick at you, but be careful smile.gif Dont let her drive you to make decisions you wouldnt normally make.


I am also terrified that my mother will find out when my baby is due and somehow find out when I go into labor and show up and put on "The Tammy Show", as I like to call it. My mother is very much the have-to-be-in-the-middle-of-everything type of person and she is scary.

Im sorry you are having to deal with this, especially pregnant. Did you move out to that guy's house who wanted you to take care of him or are you somewhere else?

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Since you don't own a home, it's pretty easy to lay low.  To do so, you do have to make sacrifices, including changing your numbers, getting a P.O. box and using it for everything, making your phone numbers unpublished (if they are landlines), getting credit cards in a short/nick name, etc.  If you're sticking point is your phone number, get a Google Voice number (free) and tell your parents that your number has changed.  You can forward the Google Voice number to your cell (or home phone), but it gives them a separate number to call.  Do a Google search to see where your name and address appear.  If it shows up on sites similar to zabasearch, read and follow the rules for removal. 

 

Also, it may be wise to remove your personal photos and location from this site.  You post a lot of personal information and as someone trying to "hide", having your location and your image in your profile isn't really smart.  If your parents have any idea you're on this site (you clearly didn't think they had your address, so don't rule it out), I imagine they would call CPS based on your own statements of drinking two vodka cocktails whilst pregnant.  That is an example of why I believe you should remove your personal photos and location from this site.

 

You can't expect your mother (or father) to change, so if you're truly looking to change the situation, you need to make some changes.

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Couldn't you just file a restraining order on her if you seriously WANT her to "disappear"? If you see her or get a call from a number of hers all it would take is a phone call and she'd get locked up. Now, I'm going to assume that she really isn't mentally well or that she must have done something very bad for you to not want anything to do with her, besides the CPS call, and I hope that you can get this resolved, but I honestly think that a restraining order should be in place if you feel uneasy enough to drink (I'm not completely against it either, just saying) while pregnant. Good luck! hug2.gif

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They weren't strong drinks...it was all I had in the house vs the wine that I normally limit myself to while pregnant or nursing a small baby. But I still am feeling guilty (with good reason) and SO's disapproval felt awful as well. I haven't taken my medicine in almost a week so that is part of it too.....I *have* to take care of my mental health and I had a bad week this week, including a preterm labor scare, and let everything go. My insurance is giving me problems so now I'm running out of medication and I can't find anyone to see me here, and my regular doctor refuses to refill or have a phone appt (both of which have been done in the past.) If I run out I can get it in a less, uh, official way, until I can get a refill, but that quickly gets expensive.

 

As far as the restraining order, I have thought about doing that many times but it still feels like my life is too tangled up in hers...for example I used their address several times (for communication with my ex, for one thing, he is also a direct threat to my ds) and so occasionally a piece of mail that I actually need will randomly arrive in her mailbox. Also my SO has had some legal issues that aren't completely resolved yet and she uses that, as well as  my fear of my ex finding out where we are, to blackmail us. She says almost every conversation, "if I wanted to hurt E (my SO) I could easily ruin his life but I don't." I'm not saying it's impossible, but it would take some incredible ingenuity to outwit my mom. A simple piece of paper would just make her mad, fight me in court, sue for grandparent rights, start tracking my every move and find more subtle ways to be n my life (for example a friend of ours called to let SO know that my mother cornered him at a religious event and started barrraging him questions about us, and apparenty she did this with several people at this same event.) She tracked me down once in the Dominican Republic and I didn't even have a phone and was living in a very poor neighborhood with one communal address. I hear through friends of acquaintances that she tells people I've disappeared and she doesn't know if I'm OK so if they find anything out to please tell her because she is "worried sick." I just hate this whole mess....it's why I cut them off in the first place, and I worked hard intherapy and was doing so much better setting boundaries and I don't want to be an overzealous hardass, but I don't want to backslide either.


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plus side is she doesn't know wher eyou live so let her think she got ya.. tell her you still can't have mail sent to the addy.. say well regardless i can't trust my mail will get here so send it to...

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Also, it may be wise to remove your personal photos and location from this site.  You post a lot of personal information and as someone trying to "hide", having your location and your image in your profile isn't really smart.  If your parents have any idea you're on this site (you clearly didn't think they had your address, so don't rule it out), I imagine they would call CPS based on your own statements of drinking two vodka cocktails whilst pregnant.  That is an example of why I believe you should remove your personal photos and location from this site.

 

You can't expect your mother (or father) to change, so if you're truly looking to change the situation, you need to make some changes.


This.   You want to be incognito, but pics of you AND your kids are STILL in your profile. AND your location is still up.  Even if you stayed where you left for a month ago, its called breadcrumbs.  I dont care how un savvy your mom is with a computer.  If shes as crazy cakes as you say she is, she can HIRE SOMEONE TO FIND YOU!!  Using what little info youve given her, it wouldnt take much for a PI to find you. 

 

GET OFF THE INTERNET.  Charge your phones numbers.  ORRRRR put up with it because its just gonna keep happening. 

 

If this was just a vent, please disreguard.
 

 

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They weren't strong drinks...it was all I had in the house vs the wine that I normally limit myself to while pregnant or nursing a small baby. But I still am feeling guilty (with good reason) and SO's disapproval felt awful as well. I haven't taken my medicine in almost a week so that is part of it too.....I *have* to take care of my mental health and I had a bad week this week, including a preterm labor scare, and let everything go. My insurance is giving me problems so now I'm running out of medication and I can't find anyone to see me here, and my regular doctor refuses to refill or have a phone appt (both of which have been done in the past.) If I run out I can get it in a less, uh, official way, until I can get a refill, but that quickly gets expensive.

 

As far as the restraining order, I have thought about doing that many times but it still feels like my life is too tangled up in hers...for example I used their address several times (for communication with my ex, for one thing, he is also a direct threat to my ds) and so occasionally a piece of mail that I actually need will randomly arrive in her mailbox. Also my SO has had some legal issues that aren't completely resolved yet and she uses that, as well as  my fear of my ex finding out where we are, to blackmail us. She says almost every conversation, "if I wanted to hurt E (my SO) I could easily ruin his life but I don't." I'm not saying it's impossible, but it would take some incredible ingenuity to outwit my mom. A simple piece of paper would just make her mad, fight me in court, sue for grandparent rights, start tracking my every move and find more subtle ways to be n my life (for example a friend of ours called to let SO know that my mother cornered him at a religious event and started barrraging him questions about us, and apparenty she did this with several people at this same event.) She tracked me down once in the Dominican Republic and I didn't even have a phone and was living in a very poor neighborhood with one communal address. I hear through friends of acquaintances that she tells people I've disappeared and she doesn't know if I'm OK so if they find anything out to please tell her because she is "worried sick." I just hate this whole mess....it's why I cut them off in the first place, and I worked hard intherapy and was doing so much better setting boundaries and I don't want to be an overzealous hardass, but I don't want to backslide either.


Okay, soooo.... first I have to say that the frickin system SUCKS! I know how hard it is to get medication when you have insurance or a mental health agency is supposed to help for coverage. I actually got screwed over two days ago and missed two days of medication. So, I'm sorry about that. Second, your SO's record should have nothing to do with you getting a restraining order. WHEN you get one, you mention that mail randomly goes to your mother's address and that you need it to stop so you can completely cease contact. The scare tactics are just that. Scare tactics to keep you in her life in some demented, twisted way. You in no way have obligation to let her see your kids, especially if she is not mentally well. DOCUMENT EVERYTHING! Anything that seems "off" about her, write it down, date it from when it happened, and present it when you go to get your restraining order. It will prove not only that she is unfit to see your kids, but that the restraining order is needed. And a restraining order even means that NOBODY can give you a message FROM her to tell you anything. That's called a third-party contact, which is just as bad and will land her in jail. I don't know what else to tell you about this, except that it looks like her trying to contact you only stresses you out and something legal needs to happen. It seems like it would be hard just because she is your mom, but I don't think you would be this stressed about it if there wasn't a good reason, and a good enough reason to you should be enough to concern the authorities. They do not take the welfare of a child lightly, and especially the welfare of an expectant mother.

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This.   You want to be incognito, but pics of you AND your kids are STILL in your profile. AND your location is still up.  Even if you stayed where you left for a month ago, its called breadcrumbs.  I dont care how un savvy your mom is with a computer.  If shes as crazy cakes as you say she is, she can HIRE SOMEONE TO FIND YOU!!  Using what little info youve given her, it wouldnt take much for a PI to find you. 

 

GET OFF THE INTERNET.  Charge your phones numbers.  ORRRRR put up with it because its just gonna keep happening. 

 

If this was just a vent, please disreguard.
 

 


yeahthat.gif I have had to hide from people and the way you're doing it is not a very effective way... actually I would say it's not even a tiny bit effective.

For me, I needed to change my name & phone, move, and keep myself anonymous online -- no using real names, exact locations, too much detail, etc. Even now, years later, I minimize the information I make available and who I make it available to.

You are very easily traceable online, plus you are maintaining phone contact. And a PO box would still provide them with your general location. Maybe those are all risks you are willing to take, only you know how much danger these people truly pose, but just do so knowing that you are making it easy for anyone to find you. There are ways to keep yourself & your family safer, but it takes a lot of sacrifice, and you need to decide if the sacrifices outweigh the danger you feel you are in.

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 OMG!!!  It just took me two seconds to figure out not only what STATE your in, but what city, AND who you are living with? 

 

Really?  And you can't figure out how your mom found your other address?  banghead.gif

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OP you don't think your mom is smart enough to find you here?  You better hope not because it doesn't take much to find out where you live and who you live with. If you want to hide from her than you need to quit sharing every single detail of your life on a public forum!!!  Plus, admitting that you can get your "medication" from a not-so-legal source?  That's really freaking stupid.  Especially when CPS has investigated you before.  You have drug addict/running from the law written all over your posts. 

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They weren't strong drinks...it was all I had in the house vs the wine that I normally limit myself to while pregnant or nursing a small baby. But I still am feeling guilty (with good reason) and SO's disapproval felt awful as well. I haven't taken my medicine in almost a week so that is part of it too.....I *have* to take care of my mental health and I had a bad week this week, including a preterm labor scare, and let everything go. My insurance is giving me problems so now I'm running out of medication and I can't find anyone to see me here, and my regular doctor refuses to refill or have a phone appt (both of which have been done in the past.) If I run out I can get it in a less, uh, official way, until I can get a refill, but that quickly gets expensive.

 

You are pregnant.  Drinking vodka and getting street drugs is not the way to deal with stress unless you want to add more stress from a baby with issues.  Do yoga, meditate, hit a car with a baseball bat, whatever.  But for the sake of your unborn child please please find a new coping mechanism.

 

And as for your mom finding you cut off all contact and get a restraining order.  That will be much more effective than what you're doing now.  Several posters have said they found a ton of personal information about  you fairly easily.

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yeahthat.gif I have had to hide from people and the way you're doing it is not a very effective way... actually I would say it's not even a tiny bit effective.

For me, I needed to change my name & phone, move, and keep myself anonymous online -- no using real names, exact locations, too much detail, etc. Even now, years later, I minimize the information I make available and who I make it available to.

You are very easily traceable online, plus you are maintaining phone contact. And a PO box would still provide them with your general location. Maybe those are all risks you are willing to take, only you know how much danger these people truly pose, but just do so knowing that you are making it easy for anyone to find you. There are ways to keep yourself & your family safer, but it takes a lot of sacrifice, and you need to decide if the sacrifices outweigh the danger you feel you are in.

 

As for the bolded statement, CM is correct, though there are ways around this if one was truly interested in hiding. 

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OP you don't think your mom is smart enough to find you here?  You better hope not because it doesn't take much to find out where you live and who you live with. If you want to hide from her than you need to quit sharing every single detail of your life on a public forum!!!  Plus, admitting that you can get your "medication" from a not-so-legal source?  That's really freaking stupid.  Especially when CPS has investigated you before.  You have drug addict/running from the law written all over your posts. 


Although I am all about trying to support, I do kind of agree with the last sentence in this post..... If I were in the situation the OP was in, the ONLY way I would not be getting a restraining order is if I were running from the law myself. Maybe not drug addict, but "running from the law".
 

 

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Although I am all about trying to support, I do kind of agree with the last sentence in this post..... If I were in the situation the OP was in, the ONLY way I would not be getting a restraining order is if I were running from the law myself. Maybe not drug addict, but "running from the law".
 

 

This is the latest in a long series of drama filled posts from this person.  She keeps making bad choices for herself and her children.  That is why the tone of my post is not supportive.  It's ssdd.

 

 


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I don't know where you guys got street drugs and running from the law. I have prescribed medications, that when I run out I know other people who have been prescribed the same medications and didn't finish the bottle, or whatever. I take Prozac and adderall....those are not street drugs. I suppose adderall could be, used irresponsibly, but it was prescribed to me, so....

 

At least in that regard I know my mom hasn't got a leg to stand on, when it comes to pills and medications. She wouldn't dare accuse ME of using drugs of any kind inappropriately, because it would bite her back five times over, easily. I'll just leave it at that.

 

The location in my profile is not accurate, btw. It freaking sucks because I have no real life social life, so if I can't even post about my life on MDC, I'm pretty much totally isolated. My il's are good people, but they parent totally different and I really can't relate to them on much. I will take the picture down now though.

 

I have to say, though, it feels a little bit like no matter what I do short of changing my and my kids' names and SSN, she can always track me down. It

s not so much that I'm afraid she'll show up and murder my family or something, but that I'll never know that I'm truly free of her. It's a mental thing.


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I think a lot of us know where you are now because of info you've posted in other posts, not because of the (wrong) location in your profile.

You CAN vent online and socialize online without disclosing so many details. I know how it feels to use MDC as a social outlet but if you are truly afraid of them you need to limit what you post. You can talk (write) about things without getting into such detail -- names, dates, places, etc. -- though it does take a lot of practice and yes, there will be times that you just can't post about things at all without revealing info that needs to be kept private.

Also, if you keep the same phone numbers, I'm not really sure how you expect them not to be able to contact you and track you down??

She is your mom, so it will be hard to ever feel fully 'free' of her. But if you feel you need to cut off all contact (or just want to do so, for whatever reason), you have to be willing to make some changes & sacrifices to make that happen. No, you don't necessarily need to change all your names & SS#'s, and unless you feel she's a physical threat to you (violence etc.) then it would probably be overkill to do so. But I will say it again, the things you are doing are NOT going to prevent her from finding you. There ARE things you can do that would prevent it, maybe not 100% fool-proof but would be really hard for her to track you down without a ton of effort and financial resources -- so maybe 95%. Where you are right now is at about 0%. I'm not sure why you think she can't track you when you have so much personal info readily available to her & the entire internet and all your friends/acquaintances. You are making it TOO EASY.

It sounds like you want or feel you need to maintain some contact with them. You can't have it both ways. You need to decide what is best for you & your family and go all out to do it.
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It sounds like you want or feel you need to maintain some contact with them. You can't have it both ways. You need to decide what is best for you & your family and go all out to do it.


I think you summed it up right there. I'm still conflicted inside and so I'm kind of half a$$ing it in terms of cutting them off. It's still lightyears better than it was, but yeah, you pretty much hit the nail on the head.

 

This gives me a lot to think about, about what is truly the right thing to do, how far I'm willing to go to do it, and also driving home for me again the fact  that I really, really,, *really* need to get off the internet and put forth the effort to meet real life people and build a real life support system. That is very scary for me, and no matter how much grief I have gotten off MDC from certain people (interspersed with lots and lots of amazing, wonderufl support) I keep coming back because it is safe a familiar. But I need to keep pushing myself beyond safe and familiar because, really, in the way that I use MDC, it's not so safe.

 

Anyway, point taken (yours and everyone else's). You guys are right on, as usual!!!


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Unless you feel she is a real and physical threat to you, there's no need to be so upset about her knowing where she is.  I get the history with CPS etc, but if they have already established that she is not a credible person, you don't have anything to fear there. 

 

You need to stop using her address etc for anything for yourself or your partner- make sure that everyone knows how to reach you directly or safely (with a child, there are ways to set up a blind address through the state to shield your location from a perpetrator if you can prove that you have custody and they are a threat.)  

 

It doesn't matter whether or not the drugs have been prescribed to you- if you take someone else's- even if it is the same dose and medication- you are putting yourself at risk of criminal charges.  Don't do it, it's just not a good idea in any situation.  If you need to, you go into an ER and explain that you have not been able to access your medications for reason xyz. Also, while I am not anti-alcohol ALL THE TIME during pregnancy, if you are using it to feel better, it's a bad judgment call.  If you want a half a beer or something like that once in a blue moon- fine, but if you are using it as a method of self medicating when you are upset- you have to- by definition- have enough to be mood altering which is really too much to have while pregnant. A bigger issue here is that while you are on the medications you are on,  you really shouldn't be having any alcohol.  Next time, make yourself a nice cup of tea and have a cookie. :)

 

Btw, have you moved again?  It seems like your family is in constant relocation/turmoil.  I can understand- to some extent- that such a pattern would concern any grandparent- crazy and manipulative or not.  Sounds like maybe it's time to stop running and set down some roots. If Mom shows up on your doorstep, you can simply ask her to leave. She only has the power over you if you choose to give it to her. 

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This is the latest in a long series of drama filled posts from this person.  She keeps making bad choices for herself and her children.  That is why the tone of my post is not supportive.  It's ssdd.

 

 



Well, don't ya think that despite "drama filled posts" she might just need more support instead of negative feedback? I find that drowning out a person that is desperate to be heard is only discouraged in life itself because they feel they can't get support anywhere else and feel they need approval of their character or identity to come from somewhere, since they might not be getting it in real life. And honestly, if there is no contact with her family, there wouldn't be many more people that could give that support.

 

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Well, don't ya think that despite "drama filled posts" she might just need more support instead of negative feedback? I find that drowning out a person that is desperate to be heard is only discouraged in life itself because they feel they can't get support anywhere else and feel they need approval of their character or identity to come from somewhere, since they might not be getting it in real life. And honestly, if there is no contact with her family, there wouldn't be many more people that could give that support.

 



I think, in this situation, the poster knows things are wonky in her life, but she's not at a point where she is able to see that she and her kids DO deserve stability and a life pretty free of drama.  I struggled with this at a similar age, and came from a much more healthy background.  I still didn't know that *I* deserved 'normalcy'  and I certainly didn't know how to begin to create that for my family. 

 

I really appreciate that she's trying to do some work to get through things, but I suspect she'll have an 'ah-ha moment' in a few years. Until she believes something different is possible, nothing is going to help. 

 

I do wish nothing but happiness and stability for for the OP and her family.  I long to see the day she decides she's done with the chaos and it is time to put healthy changes into effect. 

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Since you don't seem to want to completely cut-off contact (by calling your mom back, talking to your dad frequently, not getting a restraining order or even changing your phone number), I would just figure out why exactly she is creeping you out and what your real fears are?  I mean, considering you guys live states away now, it's not likely she is going to drive or fly out and try to find you, is it? Or if she did, what would be the worst that could happen - since you say she's not going to physically harm you guys? 

 

Don't call her back, don't answer your phone unless it's a number you know.  If she wants to leave messages or even write you guys letter or send gifts (the PO box is a great idea - but if she did figure out your address, what's the harm if she sends things there?).  You don't have to open them or engage with her if you don't want to.  Are you afraid she will call the cops or CPS again if she knows your location?  That, I could see worrying about as a real threat, but in that case, you really should cut off all ties, which would unfortunately probably mean your dad included - at least for a while.  At the same time, if you have nothing to hide or a reason that the cops or child protection could charge you with anything, then just let it all roll off your back and live your life. 

 

I admit to being curious about why you guys up and moved, though, considering you said it was just a quick trip out of state and you were thinking about the caregiver house situation.  For sure you guys need some stability for those kids asap -- it really impacts them worse the older they get. 


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They weren't strong drinks...it was all I had in the house vs the wine that I normally limit myself to while pregnant or nursing a small baby. But I still am feeling guilty (with good reason) and SO's disapproval felt awful as well. I haven't taken my medicine in almost a week so that is part of it too.....I *have* to take care of my mental health and I had a bad week this week, including a preterm labor scare, and let everything go. My insurance is giving me problems so now I'm running out of medication and I can't find anyone to see me here, and my regular doctor refuses to refill or have a phone appt (both of which have been done in the past.) If I run out I can get it in a less, uh, official way, until I can get a refill, but that quickly gets expensive.

 

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So let me get this straight? You just had a preterm labor scare and you are drinking alcohol? Do you know that alcohol has been linked to preterm labor? AND you have been drinking wine and taking head pills? While pregnant? bigeyes.gif
The occasional glass (you know, 1-2 a week) is fine but it sounds to me like you are drinking more than that.


Its really stupid to publicly say that you are buying pills off the street. Especially with a previous CPS case. Please edit your post to remove that before someone calls CPS on you again (not that I can say it wouldnt be unwarranted).


I know you are going through a lot, and i know you have some major sh*t in your life, but if you are having to "take care of your mental health" with alcohol and pills, I think you need to make some steps towards seeing someone, changing your life, or having a support line to call into or something. Baby is # 1 priority, even over your mental health. If things are stressing you out that bad you need to cut off all contact with your parents. You need help. Not everything is your fault, but you cant continue to let this issue make you make bad decisions. I hope someone else can be more supportive than me. greensad.gif



ETA: Prozac and Adderral are both class C drugs, and have been linked to poor fetal development, preterm birth, and lung problems. I understand that you need the Prozac for an anti depressant, but what is the purpose of taking Adderral while pregnant. Is it really that necessary for you to be productive? Adderral is like speed and when mixed with even a glass or two of wine it's a great time, but not with a baby in your belly. Prescribed or not, you are smarter than that. What do you have to DO so badly that you need ADD medication for?
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I think, in this situation, the poster knows things are wonky in her life, but she's not at a point where she is able to see that she and her kids DO deserve stability and a life pretty free of drama.  I struggled with this at a similar age, and came from a much more healthy background.  I still didn't know that *I* deserved 'normalcy'  and I certainly didn't know how to begin to create that for my family. 

 

I really appreciate that she's trying to do some work to get through things, but I suspect she'll have an 'ah-ha moment' in a few years. Until she believes something different is possible, nothing is going to help. 

 

I do wish nothing but happiness and stability for for the OP and her family.  I long to see the day she decides she's done with the chaos and it is time to put healthy changes into effect. 



Oh, I understand! I myself just got out of a very unhealthy situation and at first, did not think I deserved the normalcy, but I know my kids deserve it, because they don't need to be in an unhealthy environment. It takes each person different amounts of time to come to the point of needing a change. For me, I realized early (after just a few months) that things weren't right and they needed to change. I saw it in my 2 year old's behavior, and it tore me up.

 

OP, I hope you get things figured out to make things better for your family. Things don't always go as planned, and seem even worse when pregnant, because we feel even more vulnerable. Show everyone that you are strong and take care of you, and your precious young family will thank you for it. hug2.gif

 

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I didn't have time to read the posts but PROZAC and ADDERALL are two of the worst things you can take while pregnant -- even taking something like Zoloft would be better on the baby than Prozac and I'm really surprised you've been kept on it -- and if you are pregnant your doctor for sure won't just give you a prescription on the phone because they would be monitoring it. And the drinking? I mean I've been pregnant and had "what the hell" moments but I would never just drink and...well this entire post made me sad for your kids a little. 


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ETA: Prozac and Adderral are both class C drugs, and have been linked to poor fetal development, preterm birth, and lung problems. I understand that you need the Prozac for an anti depressant, but what is the purpose of taking Adderral while pregnant. Is it really that necessary for you to be productive? Adderral is like speed and when mixed with even a glass or two of wine it's a great time, but not with a baby in your belly. Prescribed or not, you are smarter than that. What do you have to DO so badly that you need ADD medication for?

Yep, this is the part that worries me most. Most moms would never take this stuff while pregnant and certainly not with alcohol. Please, OP... do better for your baby.
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I don't regularly drink while pregnant.....I thought I made that clear earlier. If I do drink (and that would be way more occasionally than every week) it has always until this point been wine. I'm not making an excuse for drinking the other night, because I know I took a risk and I feel very bad about it. But that is not something I do as a habit.

 

As far as the medication, no offense to the posters who are concerned, but I'm pretty sure the doctors in my life are more equippped to look at the whole situation and weigh the risks/benefits than anyone over an online forum. I turly can't function without the Prozac. I take such a small amount of Adderall, and only once a day instead of the twice that I *could* be taking it (iow, it was prescribed to take morning and noon, if I needed to, and I only take it once a day and get by with that.) Dr Hale has a clinic now that you can call adn they ask a variety of in depth screening questions to help determine which medications would pose the least risk while still maximizing the benefit, and that is how I was able to determine that Prozac was safer than Zoloft. They both worry me because Zoloft has been linked to heart defect in babies and so has Prozac. But I literally can't function without it.

 

As far as why we moved, it was supposed to be a vacation, which it sort of still is, just.....an extended one. We are going back eventually. But we don't want to be moving around when I'm late in pregnancy, and in the middle of the school year since ds wants to play soccer adn stuff. SO's mom is coming from overseas and he hasn't seen her in many years. But it is taking longer than she thought to get here. So we are waiting. In the meantime, wherever I am I have to order and structure or my depression gets worse. So that's why we found a bigger place here to share with my SIL, so that we can be comfortable and feel at home. I can't operate on "maybe next week." I grew up moving a ton. I'm at the point in life now where I'm burned out....tired of packing boxes, tired of setting things up, organizing, decorating, etc.

 

I don't know what my problem is, honestly. I was doing well until I had a bad day, skipped my medicine, then skipped it again the next day and then a third day. Part of me doesn't want to take it....I don't like medications...I hardly even take tylenol and stuff. Alcoholism runs in my family, as does substance abuse, and so far I've managed to avoid both, mainly because of my children and knowing they deserve a sane mother. But.....I have to have the prozac, at least, to function. I can't tell til i'm already on a downward spiral....it takes a few days to show. But SO says he can tell sooner when I don't take it. It becomes a struggle to take care of the kids, the house, I don't want to talk to anyone, and the whole time I feel so intensely guilty that all I can do is cry, which makes me look like an idiot, which makes me cry more....and...it's just a mess. My kids need me at my best.

 

So, sorry, yes, I need to take the medication. The guilt trip about the risks I'm taking.... I have struggled off and on with depression since I was 4 years old and it has played a major part in my life. If this is what it takes to help me make better decisions and be emotionally stable (and I can't be any other kind of stable without that) than I'm sorry but for me the benefits outweigh the risks. You probably *think* you don't know many mothers who would take it while pregnant, because they don't tell you, just like I don't advertise it IRL. You can see what happened when I got severely stressed out off the prozac. I find it much, much scarier to think that I drank whatever was in the house because I didn't want to have an anxiety attack, then to think that I'm taking a controlled prescribed substance monitored by a doctor.

 

And as usual, I came here for support and ended up defending myself. Why don't I ever learn....


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If you're staying in a place for the school year, I think you can safely say that you have moved. If that's what you want to do. You drove down there in a van, so it's not like you have a ton of stuff to pack if you would prefer not to have moved. You can choose here.

I think that's important to remember because you are in a place in your life where you have a lot of choices to make. All you need to do is make the choices that serve your goals. You can choose to cut contact with your mom, or you can leave your info out there and accept some level of contact. You can choose to get proper medical care for your ADD, depression and anxiety, or you can choose to wing it by self-medicating with alcohol and your friends' prescriptions. You can choose to see this interlude in a new state as an extended vacation and let all your routines for caring for yourself and your family lapse, or you can establish residency and get services for yourself and your children, since you're planning to be there a while and you don't like moving.

Often, when you post, you're unhappy with your life. What do you want your life to be like? Which of the things you are doing right now will help make your life that way? Do you want to live in this new place with your SIL? Can you get the landlord to fix the AC? Do you want to rely on your friends' unfinished prescriptions? How long do you think that will work? People don't get a ten day prescription of Prozac or adderall and then stop taking it on day five because their problems are all gone. What's your long term plan? Your son had therapy in your previous state. What were the goals of that therapy? How are you planning to help him with those goals in the new place? You said you were having preterm labor. What's your plan for treating that?

You can take control of this situation. You just need plans.

I also don't generally worry much about the risks of an occasional drink during pregnancy. I do worry about it in your case, though. Your liver is already taxed by the prozac and adderall. Also, while you deny drinking frequently, you also claim that you usually only drink wine during pregnancy, and you ran out of wine. I think you might be having some difficulties evaluating frequency wrt your drinking. Finally, you say you've had some preterm labor. Alcohol is going to make that worse.
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As far as why we moved, it was supposed to be a vacation, which it sort of still is, just.....an extended one. We are going back eventually. But we don't want to be moving around when I'm late in pregnancy, and in the middle of the school year since ds wants to play soccer adn stuff. SO's mom is coming from overseas and he hasn't seen her in many years. But it is taking longer than she thought to get here. So we are waiting. In the meantime, wherever I am I have to order and structure or my depression gets worse. So that's why we found a bigger place here to share with my SIL, so that we can be comfortable and feel at home. I can't operate on "maybe next week." I grew up moving a ton. I'm at the point in life now where I'm burned out....tired of packing boxes, tired of setting things up, organizing, decorating, etc.

 

you went on vacation with all your belongings?  (you mention being surrounded by boxes in a house with no AC).  


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