Setbacks and a SuperHusband / by chelsie burkhart

Have you ever felt like no matter how hard you try to work at something, life keeps slapping you in the face!?

Yes, that’s me with breast milk. Joie fooled us at first because she found me so easy the very first time, she latched on, seemed to be working well.

💥Then bam. A whirlwind of setbacks kept piling up. I was an emotional wreck for the first month or so.


I decided to go to exclusively pumping for reasons I’ll mention in a different post.

I finally started to up my supply, saving up milk for the freezer and then realized I needed to go dairy free.

I basically had to start over.

If anyone knows what it feels like to borrow & live paycheck to paycheck, this is exactly what it felt like. If anyone is like me, when I see my bank account start to dwindle, My anxiety skyrockets.

But we pushed and we pumped and here I am with hundreds of Oz of breastmilk In the freezer and then...

💥Bam. Power goes out.


Our neighbors lost power a few weeks ago and it was out for days. This time, the whole neighborhood was out, so it’s not like I could call someone and ask them to store it for us.

All I could think about last night was now hard I’ve worked to manage my supply and save enough breastmilk for Joie, and it could all thaw and be ruined.

Here is where my husband who constantly reminds me “Chels, nothing is more important than you, Joie, and Theo.” “I’ll never not take care of you.” “I will do anything and everything for our family.” “You need to trust that I am going to take care You, Joie, and Theo no matter what.” Comes Into play.

Well, last night when our power went out he drove and got a generator, convincing the workers to sell it to him even though they couldn’t find the UPC code.

He stayed up until 1 in the morning hooking everything up, running wires, getting our AC unit running in the bedroom (because our AC is currently broke). Literally when everything was hooked up and running off the generator- the power came back on.

He had to unhook the generator, bring it inside, and try to get some sleep before his 4:30am alarm went off to go to work. Well, once he unhooked everything, the power went out again. He wasn’t mad, he wasn’t upset, he just rolled with it because that’s what he does best. He filled our Yeti coolers with ice & packed in the breastmilk because we didn’t know what was going on with the power.



Moral of my story. I have an amazing husband. He’s constantly going above and beyond to take care of our family. No matter how rough I think life is going, he’s always there to get me through it.

Happy Thursday, friends. If you’re exclusively pumping, or have yourself a stash of breastmilk in the freezer, save yourself the anxiety... I highly suggest you go get yourself a generator or Yeti cooler OR both! …and possibly an amazing Husband.


Yeti Tundra Cooler: Here

Joie’s elephant Magnetic Me sleeper: Here