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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

Where oh Where is Kelly?

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I have really slacked off on blogging lately. I am happy to say it is because I have been busy!

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Work of course is always that. There is always a feast or famine going on there, but I enjoy helping moms and babies breastfeed. I am excited to say that I will be starting my WIC lactation rotations in on of our local hospitals starting in March. (as long as they don’t find another reason to delay it!) My new BFPC’s are well incorporated in our clinic and we all work well together. So glad to be working with these group of ladies!

Growing in leaps and bounds

The kids are of course busy with school. The girl keeps me hopping with all her speech and debate tournaments and LATE night pick ups and early morning drop offs. But she is doing well. Going to districts with her Prose. Has placed numerous times at contests with her DI and her policy debates. So very proud of her. She is also maintaining straight A’s!! And this is with her honors classes as well. She has started driving me around town and taking drivers ed. I enjoy the chaffering, but I do look forward to getting my car back with my seat in the correct position. She is shorter than me and I always forget when I get in after she drives. *knees in chest* lol

The oldest is gearing up for graduation and I am so not ready for that in the least. He has decided that the military is not for him, I am undecided about that, but I do know he has to do this on his own. I look at each holiday as my last one with him, but I have to remind myself, it isn’t the last one, he’s just moving on. Growing his wings and taking flight, but I am not ready for him to do that yet!

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He and G are such good buds he made this his profile picture on Facebook. Brotherly love! 🙂

J & J are running everywhere. After we moved they got their own bedrooms and the fighting has reduced drastically, but of course they are so close in age and Big J is the youngest in his class he feels he needs to boss Little J around.

G is growing so fast and he’s discovering his voice it’s hard to believe he was just crawling this time last year.

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Boy’s first hair cut.

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Back!

He is toddling around everywhere and telling us all about it and taking names! I am just waiting for him to start saying complete sentences.  He has his friends at day care he loves going to and spending time with. Loves his Mrs Lori and Mr Bobby.

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The diaper bank is doing well. We had another purchase of diapers for the bank and we are currently helping 6 families with 2 graduates!!! We are waiting on the shipment of the Econobums to help the families on our waiting list.

We will be participating in the Great Cloth Diaper Change April 20 and have hosted 2 Cloth 101 classes at a local health food store. They are so glad to have us there and are happy to help us. We hope to have a good fundraiser at the GCDC and raise a little more to help more families. The word is out and moms are getting the help they need. Love doing this.

We will have our official website in the coming month! My amazing friend Brit has offered to develop, design and host our very own dot org!! This is so cool. Lisa and I are going to have nice photos taken of us and the boys to have on our site.

We also were interviewed by a reporter for a new local magazine, From the Nest. They focus on momenterpreneurs. We are excited for that and are working on photos for that as well!

So that is how my life if going in 700 words or less!

Stay warm!
~Kelly

Lactivist? Why Yes I am! Breastfeeding Nazi? Hell NO!

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LACTIVIST is defined as a Lactation Activist.

Ok I have always stayed away from that term. I always had felt it was a negative term, Lactivist. It made me think of excentric La Leche League leaders from the 70’s. Dancing and chanting under the moon wearing long flowing shirts and judging anyone that would even consider formula or bottles.

Now I realize that women need help with breastfeeding. I know, Duh! I have been working in the lactation field since Oct 2006 and I have felt the sting of failed lactation, so I know how many feel. Women need people to stand up for them! I bring to action all that is necessary to help them breastfeed successfully! An activist! So a Lactation Activist was born or a Lactivist.

Now many have called anyone that supports breastfeeding or dispenses breastfeeding education a Breastfeeding Nazi. I HATE that term! I gets me all the way down to my core as bad as Crying it Out (I will not go on about that here, that’s another blog post all together)! The nazis were a terrible force! They mutilated and tortured innocent Jews or anyone viewed to support them. They murdered millions of humans and I refuse to ever be compared to them!! I do not force my opinion on anyone, well you choose to read this so that is different.

I am NOT a Nazi! I am a supporter of women and baby’s rights to breastfeed, anywhere, any place, any time they want or need to for how ever long they choose to! No one has a right to tell you when it is time to wean or stop breastfeeding except your baby! Infants will wean at their own pace anywhere between 12-36 months and some times longer. If you think any different, please stop reading this right now and unfollow my blog!

I will fight for our society to see that breastfeeding is NORMAL!! Yes I agree it is best, but to hold a person to feel bad because they couldn’t or don’t breastfeed is not my place. I want it to be NORMAL to see a woman breastfeeding in a mall, at a restaurant, walking down the street, talking to our politicians or anyone! I want to see breastfeeding statues, stamps, portraits, photos everywhere! I want to dissolve the “booby traps” that is our society!

Women were given the best gift of all, the ability to grow a baby inside and out with just their body. So when people think breastfeeding is anything but a beautiful act between mom and her child they are just uneducated and sad.

Lactivist? Why, yes I am! Join me in supporting and helping moms and babies to breastfeed! Lactivate with me!

~Kelly

Blessed are We!

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Hi all! Hope this finds you healthy and happy.

This past month has been a very busy one for Cover Your Bum cloth diaper bank. I am excited to announce we are currently helping six families. We have trained our distribution site on how to give out the diapers so I no longer have to have a traveling diaper bank in the back of my SUV, meeting moms in parking lots.

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We were interviewed by a local news station about modern cloth diapers and after it aired we were inundated with new fans on Facebook and emails asking for more information about not just cloth diapers but also about our diaper bank!

It truly was a great past few weeks.

I have of course been crazy busy with the diaper bank, work and of course kids. We are currently moving to a new house! Yay and yikes at the same time. Moving 7 people and 2 dogs after living in one place for the past 7 years is daunting! I am at the point if I haven’t seen or used it in the past 7 years, I really don’t think it will make the move.

I have been thinking long and hard about going back to school this next fall. I am so confused, is 2013 the year I get off my butt and get it done or I just setting myself up for failure? I am happy with my job and enjoy what I do, but I do feel as if I have hit a wall. Going up isn’t a bad thing, but it does require leaving the comforts of sedition behind. Grrr, guess I will be deliberating that over the next few months.

Little man is growing like a weed and so are his siblings respectively. Hard to believe he was only four months old last year at this time. He has grown into his personality and is letting us know he has his own ideas on what he should be allowed to do. 🙂 Gates are no longer his friend and the crib is headed for its lowest setting and I am not sure if that will keep him in!

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So very blessed we are! I just wanted to wish all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year. I hope it brings your family good health and happiness.

~ Kelly

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So this week has been a big one in the breastfeeding world. It seems a very popular blogger, The Feminist Breeder, had her picture removed from Facebook and then her account was blocked for 72 hours. Like that is such punishment. Like she is going to come back with a vengeance! She is encouraging moms to post their breastfeeding pictures with the captions included:

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She had many of her own pictures with different color, but the same words. I am proud to see breastfeeding pictures all over Facebook today, but I follow many pages that those kind of pictures are always up. I never have ever had a problem with them. I am just trying to understand why someone who follows a person called the Feminist Breeder has a real problem seeing breastfeeding pictures. If you don’t like it there is no reason to report them to Facebook, just stop following her!!! Click on the above link to read her whole story.

Now if you have a problem with my picture please feel free to stop following me! If you find it offensive or damaging to children you are more than welcome to your opinion, wrong as it is, you are welcome to it, but feel free to get lost!

This is my contribution to this cause. Not only was I breastfeeding a newborn, but also a *gasp* toddler! He loves his nummies time and you can not tell him he can’t have them. This the most normal way of feeding a baby and I hope you can be happy for me and my child and not judge either of us for it!

So if you are so inclined, please feel free to post your breastfeeding pictures on Facebook! Join the 72 hour movement to normalize breastfeeding!

~Kelly

Breastfeeding is Normal!