Meet Kelly DuVall, Joyful Pip & Grow Advisor
Posted by: March 19, 2018 Safe SleepPublished on:
We’re so excited for you to meet Kelly DuVall! In her day job, Kelly grants wishes to sick kids. Kelly has an infectious laugh, a smile to light up the room, and a wicked sense of humor. Somehow she manages to find fun in even the stickiest situations. As Pip & Grow advisor, Kelly helps us keep our eyes fixed on our ultimate goal: a safe place to sleep for every baby.
What do you do for a living?
I deliver joy to seriously ill children. It’s really the coolest, most rewarding job- I work for an amazing non-profit and the program I manage grants special requests and connects families to financial resources.
What do you love most about the work you do?
Being sick as a kid, or having a sick child is awful- but to be able to make someone smile during such a difficult time- it’s pretty awesome. Sometimes it’s something small, like a video game or a gas card, sometimes it’s something big, like a Barbie Dream House, or a Disneyland trip, or a roof repair. And I get to do what I do because of the generosity of people in our community.
What’s the hardest part of your job?
There are a lot of kids and families going through some REALLY REALLY terrible things. Sometimes I squeeze my babies just a little too tight, knowing that even though we try so hard, kids get sick and accidents happen.
What brings you joy?
Good food and drink, great friends and family. But most of all, hearing my kids laugh.
What drew you to become a Pip & Grow advisor?
I know I can’t protect my kids from everything, no matter how hard I try. But there are things that we can protect more kids from, and safe sleep is a big one.
What do you tell yourself when mom-guilt takes over?
You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.
On what occasion do you lie to your children?
When they want more macaroni and cheese, and I tell them they already ate it all. Sorry kids, I want some too!
What’s your top mom-fail moment?
This haunts me to this day- I hung a beautiful mobile from the ceiling over my daughter’s crib. One night, it fell on her while she was sleeping and I woke in the morning to find her completely tangled in it. It’s a miracle that she was OK.
If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would have waited a little longer between my two kids- they are 22 months apart.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Paint. I used to paint all the time.
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?
Parenting with a cocktail in hand? Can that be a thing?
What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?
Bake. With butter, and flour, and sugar, and eggs. Nothing out of the box if I can help it.
What is the most annoying question that people ask you?
The only thing that ever annoyed me was all the questions when I was pregnant. “How are you feeling?” “When are you due?” “What are you having?” It was nonstop!
What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Organizing tips! I love organizing drawers, closets… bins for all the things!
If you could make a 20 second phone call to yourself at any point in your life present or future, when would you call and what would you say?
Probably a call from future me whenever the anxiety and stress of two little kids is building to dangerous levels. But then again, I’d probably silence the call because I’m to frantic- maybe a text would be better?
What’s one personal “rule” that you never break?
Never go to bed angry.
What’s the best thing you got from your parents?
I got my smile from my mom. I think it’s my best feature, and one of the best things I could have gotten from her.