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kelliekirkpatrick

kelliekirkpatrick
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I grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, where I graduated high school in '95. After moving out of state to Louisiana and later working as a court reporter in Virginia, I moved back in '13. I met and eventually married my husband in '14, and on our one year anniversary discovered I was pregnant with our delightful, crazy adventure of a little boy. Phineas was born July 3rd of '16, perfect in nearly every way except being born with clubbed feet. The journey to get that corrected has been stressful sometimes, but parenting this boy has been the greatest joy I have ever experienced. I can't wait to see what the future holds for our family. 

Psst…The High Risk Population Can Hear You

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"It's only the elderly and sick who are in real danger, so why panic?" I don't get sick. Like, ever. I could go around licking doorknobs and probably be just fine. (I won't though, to...

To Santa or Not To Santa…

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It starts. "Where's Santa?" My 3 year old asked, getting out of the car. "Well," I said absently, trying to avoid hitting his head with the door as I closed it, "he's probably at the...

Mom Brains Can Be A Jerk Sometimes

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All fun and games "You could have put his eye out." "But I didn't. He's fine.  "But you COULD have." "But I DIDN'T." "All the same, here's some imagery of how that could have gone. Let's go to the...

3 Things Ruined by Parenthood (And Some Things Made Better)

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"You ruined everything, in the nicest way." - Jonathan Coulton  I love my son. He's the best. An energetic 3 year old with a bright smile and enthusiastic laugh, he brings joy to my life.  But,...

The Time My 2-Year-Old Had a Run-in with the Police

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Never Trust the Silence Ahh, Saturday morning. It's 8:30, and we're being lazy. The house is quiet, nothing stirring yet. I love early mornings when my toddler decides to sleep in because they're incredibly rare. "DING-DONG-DING-DONG-BANG-BANG-BANG!!" What...

5 Times Kids Shows Came to My Rescue

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Help Me, PBS Kids, You're My Only Hope I'm not what you'd call a helicopter parent. I don't tend to hover or fuss generally. In fact, I joke that sometimes I'm more of a submarine...

A Mom’s Introduction to Clubfoot

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He has what, now? The words seemed to hang in the air around me as the doctor continued his assessment. I was as stunned by his announcement as I was by the casual way he...

Depression: A Brief Primer

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Depression has always been there. I am sensitive. I get that. Even before ever having children, my heart carried heavier burdens than it "should". I've struggled with depression most of my life, and I've learned...

Adoption Journey: Act 2, the Slow Middle

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It's Time A few weeks ago I made a "mistake" and held a soft, sweet, happy 3-month-old baby at a potluck so her mom could eat. It took me a minute to get my infant...

The Good Mom/Bad Mom Dilemma

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  Motherhood is a paradox. It is a time of some of the greatest joys and the heaviest sorrows; exhilarating adventure, accompanied by crippling fear. As humans, it's hard to accept two polar opposites as true...

Natural Childbirth, How Hard Could it Be?

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ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: MOTHERHOOD I waited the better part of 39 years to become a mom, and there were many years when I didn't think it would ever happen.  When I got that big fat positive...