“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage,” I used to sing gayly on the blacktop at recess as I jumped rope. It all sounds so nice and simple, like a present wrapped in a bow. But as we all know, life is not as easy as the jingle had us believe when we were young, particularly the part about having kids.
More women are beginning to discuss the struggles and more serious medical side-effects of giving birth— specifically postpartum depression—but the subject still feels taboo. Director/writer/producer Jon Avnet hopes that his new YouTube series Susanna on the WIGS channel will help eliminate the stigma associated with the condition. The drama tells the story of Katie (Anna Paquin), a new mom suffering from acute postpartum depression, and her younger sister Susanna (Maggie Grace), who must step in to care for her newborn niece when it is clear that Katie’s illness is dire.
According to Postpartum Support International, 15 percent of women experience major or minor depression after the birth of their child. Yet, so many of us are in the dark about the condition and its symptoms. Like Katie, women experiencing postpartum depression often feel a lack of connection to the baby they were so looking forward to meeting. As a new mom, Katie feels rejected, like her baby is a stranger to her. Avnet combines Katie’s feelings of insecurity with the sleep deprivation and uncertainty that every new mother experiences to create a relatable and powerful story.
Each episode is a quick but impactful 10-minute view into Katie’s world, showing suffering mothers that they are not alone, postpartum depression is more common than we think, and there is no shame in talking about it and seeking help.
Susanna starring Anna Paquin and Maggie Grace debuts with six episodes Friday, June 14 on WIGS.
Plenty of artists have been discovered on YouTube (ahem, Justin Bieber), launching wildly successful careers. Despite her young age, 2-year-old Makena knows it’s finally her time to shine. The tot sings her little heart out to Adele’s “Someone Like You”–and we think it’s the best cover yet!
Add a pint-sized puppy and an adorable wide-eyed tot, and you get this too-cute-to-be-real high-quality home video. And If this doesn’t make you want to get an English Bulldog pup, then I don’t know what will. Watch the duo as they go about their day…being cute.
There’s nothing worse than a crying baby. Wait–there’s nothing worse than a crying baby on a long car ride. You’re in a confined space with no Spongebob Squarepants or Yo Gabba Gabba! episodes in sight (assuming you don’t own a fancy-schmancy car that has a built-in television screen), so life seems to be pretty much over by that point.
What is a frustrated parent to do? Take a cue from this mom, who cleverly plays Florence + The Machine’s hit song “Dog Days are Over” to soothe her son, Embry. And he just won’t stop wiggling and dancing in his seat. Cute!
Will you be popping in a dance tune anytime soon to calm your little one? Do you have a funny/adorable way to cure your kid’s crying?
Don’t you wish your first on-the-lips kiss was captured on camera? This was the case for Elliott and Bowie on May 1, 2011. The cute couple kiss on the lips for the first time, and congratulate each other with an energetic high five. Hit play and catch a glimpse of a sweet, innocent moment!
It’s likely your child doesn’t prefer Iron Maiden and SlipKnot over the Wiggles and Justin Bieber. But wouldn’t it be kind of adorable if she did? Adorable because it’s something totally out of her element, and, honestly, it would probably bring you back to your teenage, angst-ridden days. And who doesn’t love to reminisce? Check out this week’s ‘Webtastic’ pick—a “Hardcore” song performed by Juliet, a loveable eight-year-old girl with a whole lot to say. Enjoy!