Friday, February 27, 2009

A worthwhile cause

I don't usually broadcast this information but I thought there might be others out there who are interested. At one of the La Leche meetings I was at, one of the mothers was asking if anyone knew anything about the International Breast milk Project because she was thinking about joining. We had a lively debate on the theory and background of the organization and I decided I wanted to know more...

As any new mom knows it can be emotionally traumatic to go back to work. The standard questions: who's going to watch my baby, what am I going to feed my baby...etc. After fully committing to try to do no formula with Emma and struggling to make sure I had enough milk to send each day, I decided I'd be more prepared with Bobby. I started pumping earlier, I wasn't gone on any business trips, and I didn't have to do the radioactive iodine test where I had to pump and dump with Emma. And all of a sudden, I had massive amounts of milk in the freezer and we had no space for meat or vegetables.
"What are you going to do with all that milk?" Will kept asking me. "It's taking up too much space."
Knowing how much effort I put into collecting the milk I didn't have the heart to just throw it away. And so I became a milk donor. If you have any free time, just go check the site out. I'm not the crazy, feed other people's kids kind of person but it sure beat dumping the liquid gold down the drain.

The following is an email I received recently:

I am an International Breast Milk Project donor and the founder of this very special organization. Tonight I have important news that I wanted you to hear firsthand from me. It’s late, my one and three-year old girls are finally asleep, and I stayed up this evening to share this news with you. I founded IBMP for infants like “Baby S.” He was abandoned on the doorsteps of a hospital in South Africa. He was less than 2 months of age and weighed less than 6 lbs. He was HIV-positive, malnourished, infected with scabies, and in respiratory distress. He was immediately given donor breast milk and began to thrive.
Today, I am pleased to share that he is a rambunctious, happy, and healthy little toddler. He has recently been adopted by a loving family and is all geared up to start pre-school soon.Thank you for being among a very special group of moms making a difference for Baby S. and hundreds of other babies just like him, in a way that only a mother can – by providing your life-giving breast milk.The Big Challenge: Save the Breast Milk, Save the World
In 2009, we are on par to send over 25,000 bottles of donor breast milk to infants like Baby S. in South Africa, even more than we did last year. That is enough milk to feed 166 babies exclusive breast milk for 1 month. But that is just a start. There are so many more babies that need our help.
Just three years ago, when I first learned of Baby S., we had 1 milk donor – me. Today, we have grown to nearly 600 applicants per month. And due to such an outpouring of support, we have grown faster than we can keep up with. We will not be able to accommodate the generosity of all of the moms who want to join us in donating this precious gift. Unless we act now. Starting this week, moms may have to wait to donate or won’t be able to donate at all. I am working hard to find additional milk processing partners so that moms with overflowing freezers are not turned away while there are infants like Baby S. who need it to survive.
And it starts right here, right now, with you and me. I have never before reached out to you, our donors, for support, but today I’m taking the bold step of inviting you to join me in continuing our fight to nourish infants like Baby S., who are being left behind by as their mothers are dying of AIDS. Click here to make a financial donation now.Today, I invite you to support International Breast Milk Project and all of the infants like Baby S., who are in urgent need of donor breast milk. I invite you to make a financial contribution on our website or on Facebook, to help us cover the costs to collect and process milk from up to 400 moms per year who may be turned away. As soon as I learned of this urgent situation, I knew the first people I had tell were each of you. And as an IBMP donor, and I know you agree, we can’t let infants like Baby S. be without when we have exactly what they need.Our Board of Directors and I have set a goal to raise $160,000 in 90 days. $160,000 will help us cover the costs for an additional 400 moms to donate milk, the estimated number of moms who will be turned away this year if we don’t act fast. But, if we join together, as we have done in the past to provide milk, I think it will take us less than a week. That is how confident I am in us. I know how determined a mom with extra breast milk can be.Your contribution of just $16 will help us cover the average cost in the US for processing a 4-ounce bottle of breast milk. Or a $400 contribution will help us cover the cost of donation process for a new mom, from coolers on her doorstep to milk arrival in Africa. Our goal is to welcome as many donors as quickly as possible to make contributions of $16, $32, $64, $128, $400 or more so that moms are not turned away and infants in Africa don't have to wait a day longer for life-giving milk. Click here to Contribute Now.
And help us spread the word:Forward this email and invite your friends and family to join you in supporting International Breast Milk Project.
Post this message on your blog. Join our IBMP Facebook Cause and invite your friends to do the same. Follow us on Twitter. Sign up to volunteer. Thank you again for joining me today in making a financial contribution. I will keep you updated on our goals in the coming days. We are tracking our success on our homepage at www.breastmilkproject.org. You can also read our press release there and find out additional details.
In closing, I have a gift for you. World-renowned author Melissa Faye Green, who wrote the book that inspired this organization, recently sent me these warm thoughts to pass on to each of you. She wrote:
“What more intimate, sweet, and quiet moments are there in life than the hours spent nestled with your baby? And yet you all have found a way to entwine those secret precious times with a phenomenal global reach. From the other side of the world, you help nurture the babies of sick women. You ally yourselves with the world's mothers. You say, in effect, ‘I have been blessed with health, nutritious food, clean water, and education; while, through no fault of your own, you have been cursed with poverty and sickness. But we are both mothers. In love for my children, and in acknowledgement of the love you feel for your children, let me share this life-giving milk.’”
With gratitude for your generosity,
Jill Youse
Founder and Executive Director
International Breast Milk Projecthttp://www.breastmilkproject.orgGive Milk. Give Life. Give Hope.507-261-3221Find us on Facebook:http://apps.facebook.com/causes/80724/19140320?m=cc366e79

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

He's just not that into you

Author: Greg Behrendt and liz Tuccillo
I know, I know. Kind of late in the game to be reading self help dating books, but I wanted to read it before I saw the movie.
I actually enjoyed the book. Its full of witty sarcasm on all the ways boys can drive you crazy and makes it sound so easy to tell if a guy actually likes you or not. But its easy to sift through the drama when you're not at the core of it. I'm going to go ahead and say its not really applicable to me, because A) I'm already married, so done deal there and 2)Will falls into several of the "he's just not into you" categories and I'd rather my judgement wasn't called into question here :-)
And I would have probably read the book anyway because its part of sex and the city and it was in an episode with Berger and I think he's handsome.
So read it, then go see the movie. Then watch all the sex and the city episodes again.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Are we going to the mountains? Yes or No

This is the question I woke up to Monday morning from a very excited 2.5 year old. I forget she has a mind like a steel trap. She doesn't forget anything.


We spent our President's Day vacation at Truckee. We found a pretty gentle hill for sledding and really enjoyed ourselves (even Bobby although it's hard to tell by his facial expressions). He actually cried when I loaded him back into the truck.







Emma tried it all by herself. She laughed the whole way down.




We finally had to quit once Bobby realized the snow could go in the mouth. He wouldn't leave his gloves on after that.

Emma's been motorized

Ask Emma how learning to ride her bicycle is going and she'll respond frustratedly, "I keep falling off." And why does she keep falling off? Because she can't stay off the grass. She gets one wheel off the sidewalk and over she goes.

So imagine my surprise when I hear a motor and squeals of delight coming from the backyard.

Peeking out the back window I can see Emma riding the quad all by herself.

She learned the basics, how to steer, give it gas and stop.




And of course we all know Emma's need for speed

After watching for a second I realized she was in good hands. She had three Dads hovering two steps behind in case she got silly.
And considering all things I'm still the one with the worst track record:
Rebekah
Mailboxes - 2
Emma
Mailboxes - 0

Friday, February 13, 2009

Lost in Translation

I think it might be safe to say that somewhere in the basic potty training guidelines Emma and I had a miss communication.






In all actuality she is doing really well with potty training. The funny part of this is who really could fit a potty seat around their middle. I promise I feed the girl :-)

And I think Bobby is going to skip the whole learning one word at a time and just start speaking in sentences. That kid babbles like nobody's business. His first none mommy/emma word was "Here you go". I guess I really do say that to him a lot.
So there you go!

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