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I’m a Bad Cook

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My thoughts exactly!

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Hi, I’m Star. I’m 32 years old. And I’m only okish at cooking.

I moved states about 2 years ago. I moved with two kids, and I worked and went to school. That, combined with moving away from most of my family and friends, and being broke, led to unhealthy eating habits. Basically, we ate a lot of convenience crap foods, or we ate out a lot, when my then boyfriend (now husband) would come visit us.

I ate terribly, and I gained 60 pounds.

Now, I’m working on fixing that. But remember that whole “only okish at cooking” thing? It’s an issue.

My basic goal here is to take my journey of learning to cook mostly whole, healthy foods, and talk about the experience. ALL of it. If I get a disgusting recipe, you’ll know. If it’s too hard for me to cook, you’ll know that, too. I’m not…

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It’s Probably the Hydro Talking

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Well I’m awake at 12am after my surgery. Let me update you of my day.

Got to the center at 11am as instructed and was check in and ready to go by 11:30, then we got to wait and wait and wait. It was after 1pm before they finally took me back to the OR. I think my hunger pains hurt more by that point. And the Dr was still a no go on the fat removal. Lol

Actually laying on the table being strapped down was the weirdest feeling. I’ve never had a Csec, but I’m guessing that is what it kinda felt like. Of course they didn’t hold up my stones to show me after, in fact they didn’t even offer to let me keep them. Kinda disappointed about that. 😦

Waking in recovery was nauseatingly! And well painful. But I was glad it was over. After an hour I was moved back to my “room” for post op prep. The nurse was very nice to me and made me as comfortable as possible.

As I was getting my discharge instructions the funniest part was her telling me to not be ladylike and burp that CO2 at as much as possible. I’ve been dealing w that and my teen daughter laughed at me tonite about it. I told, it has to be done. Now the hubs says he’s using the excuse for now on. Lol

Getting up and down has been hard and my throat is sore from the tube, but maybe it’s the Hydro talking, but I’m already able to get up and move around w/o help. Peed more times then I ever remembered. But at least I can do that alone. Whew!

I’m sure this insomnia will wear off soon, but thought I’d update here.

Here’s to no more stomach pain! *lifting imaginary wine glass*
~ Kelly

Congratulations it’s Gall Stones

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Well I’ve been dealing with stomach pain for years now. It’s been getting progressively worse these last couple years. I finally had enough and went to see my doctor about it. I hate going to the dr, not necessarily because of what may or may not happen, but because even though we have insurance I’m making constant payments to them for everything! I hate it!
Well the dr had two possibilities of my problem, ulcers flaring up or gall stones. Sent me for blood work and ultrasound.
I went to the us, let me tell u not nearly as fun as the baby ones. No trophy picture to share with family and friends. See my sweet lil, gall stones? Aren’t they so cute? We haven’t decided on names yet! Lol
I met with the surgeon today and he confirmed the best plan of action to get the best relief was to remove my gallbladder. I sighed and admitted defeat. Ok I’ll have it removed, but I better fell awesome after all is said and done! While ur in there, why don’t u suck some of that baby fat I’m still holding on to? I mean really? I’m under, ur there let’s make the best of it, right? Pretty sure that’s a no go, but here’s hoping he does it anyway! *fingers crossed*
My only concern was that I’m still breastfeeding my monster a few times a day and what did he feel about that? I told him I knew the meds and anesthesia could be modified. He said ok and was willing to prescribe whatever pain meds I preferred. So no talk of pumping and dumping there. I blew my cover by admitting I’m an IBCLC, but I wasn’t in the mood to argue what I already knew was fine. At least he wasn’t taken aback or misinformed, or he felt that battle wasn’t happening and he could tell I knew my shit! (Excuse the French. Lol)
All in all, not bad news, just not something I wanted to have happen, but if I feel better afterwards I’ll be happy!
Thanks for listening, well reading. More updates on Cover Your Bum coming soon, until then check out our new website! Cover Your Bum
~Kelly

What to say?

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So I am sure you all have noticed I have not been very busy on here lately. I feel bad to be neglecting the blog. I really haven’t been that busy, I just have been distracted. I guess I could update you on my life lately.

Work 

Work of course has kept my busy, but that is nothing new really. I have been training two new peer counselors and I have been so grateful of their wonderful desire to learn and do as much as they can. In fact I think I have only cleaned 2 breast pumps since they both started in early August. Mama Mo (this is what she calls herself! so funny) and my friend Heather are a great addition to our breastfeeding staff and I couldn’t be happier to have them on our team (Boob squad)! We had an amazing World Breastfeeding Week celebration and put on a wonderful physician/nurse conference. Dr Nancy Wight was a great asset to our community of breastfeeding support and really made the local hospitals become more accountable for why neither one of them are Baby Friendly!

We are going to our state WIC conference in late October and I am looking forward to that 3 day event. I will be taking my little man as I do not want to stress him or daddy out at night. And I am pretty sure I would have withdrawals myself! Thanks to my wonderful Mom in Law as she is willing to watch her during the day. They live close to where the conference is so it will be easy and fun for all involved.

Kids

The kids have started back to school and so far are managing well. The oldest is a Senior and my daughter is a Freshman. They both go to the same high school, and yes I know people that have kids going to different high schools. Of course my daughter and her bff still find a way to ride to and from school together even though her brother drives to school everyday. We have set up the senior pictures, I know so late huh? He took the school pictures for the yearbook and the rest are for mom! He is going to be taking his ACT’s soon and is active in many clubs and work as well. I am proud of his hard work.

My daughter has started joining many clubs and new program at the school that prepares them for college and they are able to earn college credit. She is starting to look for volunteer places and will be doing that soon. She has also started her own blog. I am very proud of her.

The little boys are doing well. Even though J & J have now had the same teachers since the littlest J started school, it is working in our favor so far. All the teachers are learning that they are two completely different beasts! 🙂 Big J wants to play basketball this winter so that will be a new challenge of getting him to and from those events. Little J just likes playing video games and for the most part as long as they are apart from each other all is pleasant in our family.

Baby boy is now one and no longer trying to walk, but RUNNING everywhere! He loves playing outside and his brothers take turns playing with him out there, most days! He has developed the stubborn personality that is our family. He is still the monkey of the house and the little King of everything. We have installed gates preventing him to get into certain rooms in the house and he has expressed his dislike of that!!!

He is breaking his one year molar teeth and that is not fun for mom or baby! He is up all night and not a happy camper about them at all. We have two through and working on the other two. 😦 Hope it is over soon.

Diaper Bank

This is moving along, but we are still working on the funding. We have gotten approval for our wholesale account with Cottonbabies so this means we can get the Econobums at the wholesale price to share with our clients. We have two events we are having a booth at to promote our diaper bank. The first one is for child care providers. We are hoping to educate them on how easy it is to use cloth diapers. We are also going to a women in business event at the end of the month. We are also going to be selling bracelets as a fund raiser. We are looking to add donation cans to local stores, but we might have to wait until the first of the year as many places are starting their winter food bank donations. I am hoping to do a cloth diaper drive in the coming months, but I know that is going to be a huge undertaking and I am putting that off some for after the new year. We did have a a donation of a logo for our bank. What do you think? We love how it has the diaper pin!

And me?

Well I am thinking I will need to take some classes this spring. I need to retake one class and add another so I can apply for nursing school. I know it needs to happen to advance in my career, but I am really not looking forward to it. I am not really wanting to be a nurse at say a hospital or something, I just want to be able to work at an office or hospital as an IBCLC. I have worked hard for that title and I want to continue to help moms and babies. I would love to open a Lactation center that helps all moms and not be affiliated with just one or the other hospital. I have a few people that are also interested in starting one, they do include a few NP’s and a couple Dr’s in the area. I am hoping this is something that can be started withing the next year. And of course cloth diapers!!!

I have also been working on eating healthier and exercising more. So please help me with support and encouragement there! Hoping to lose some baby fat that is just not wanting to come off and I am pretty sure the breastfeeding diet has run its course! 🙂

Well there is my little update. I would love to know what topics you would like me to blog on. Tell me some suggestions and I will work on them. Thanks for following me!

~ Kelly

Gavin birthday boy

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Gavin newborn August 21,2011

Gavin 1 year old August 21, 2012

My how time files. It is hard to believe that this time last year I was sitting on my couch willing this child out and today I am running around after him. He has changed so much in a year. It is hard to believe. I tried to take pictures on his month birthdays, but after 7 months he wasn’t as cooperative. But I wanted to share his year in pictures.

First day home

One month old

Two months old

Three months old

Four months old

Five months old

Six months old

Seven months old

Eight months old

Nine months old

Ten months old

Eleven months old

Twelve months old

Happy birthday to my littlest man! Momma loves you!

~Kelly