Scenes from the 1st week of Motherhood

Thank you all so much for the warm wishes on Claire’s arrival! I can’t believe it’s already been a week since I had her! Time is already flying by.


Hubs gets some paternity leave so we’ve been enjoying time as a family at home. We left the hospital after two days & spent our first night home on Friday. So far, it’s been going really well.


Hubby’s work gave us this lovely layette basket

Yes, we’re quite sleepless, but it’s very exciting to get to know our daughter. We’re both absolutely in love with her.


Dad is already a natural

Her birth was great. I’m going to share her birth story as soon I can get around to writing it out. My birth plan went exactly as I wanted (which I didn’t expect!), it was relatively short labor, & I did it naturally. I couldn’t be more pleased with the experience.

She had her first doctors appointment Monday & is doing really well. She barely lost any weight before we went home & already gained most of it back. She looked like she might be a tad jaundiced the other day but we got her levels checked & she’s not. I’m so happy & thankful she is healthy.


Flowers from my in-laws

Beans is taking to it all quite well. The initial meeting didn’t go too great (he growled some), but after a few hours he became extremely curious. He just wants to lick & sniff her all over. He’s always right there any time we’re doing something with her.


Honestly guys, I’m absolutely floored by motherhood. I can’t believe this perfect little girl is mine. I knew I’d be happy, but I feel like now I really know the meaning of love.

Blogging is definitely the last thing on my mind these days (and I wrote this whole post on my phone while breastfeeding!), so bear with me. I just want to soak up all the time I can with her while we all adjust, but I’ll get on some kind of schedule again someday.

Love Melissa

Questions for You:

  • What do you want to know about motherhood, Claire, or her birth?
  • Do you think she looks like me or dad?

She’s Here!


Wednesday, April 15th at 11:06 AM we welcomed this beautiful girl into our arms. Claire Christine weighs 6 lbs. 5 oz. & is 19 inches long. We are all doing great. I'm already blown away by the gift of my daughter & motherhood so far. I can tell the fun is just beginning! … { Keep Reading }

Treat Yourself Tuesday { 4.14 }

mint green Carter's dress & bibs

Hi, friends. Yes, I'm still pregnant. Should I just start every post like that until I pop? ;)  Thank you guys for the comments & love on last week's post about my pregnancy. I'm really glad I decided to open up about that one. You guys always know what to say!  I thought I'd link up with Becky today for Treat Yourself Tuesday. I spent all yesterday treating myself. I was like "I should do a 'treat myself' post. Isn't there a … { Keep Reading }

Lemon Zest Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Zest Blueberry Muffins

A couple of weeks back when I was first on bed rest, I turned to baking to keep me occupied. Baking is just my happy place in the kitchen. I find it very relaxing and love eating up my own home baked goods over buying something at a coffee shop or store.  I was going to make some standard blueberry muffins, but I also had a lemon. I love lemon and blueberry together, so I searched for a lemon blueberry muffin recipes on Pinterest and … { Keep Reading }

On Prodromal Labor & Losing My Mind


Well guys, I'm still very pregnant over here. I'm 39 weeks now. I know I still have another seven days until my due date. I'm not even "over due" yet. And I also know that "most first time moms are late." But I'm really impatient because...  I've been experiencing what is known as prodromal labor, aka weeks of "false labor" that feels and seems just like the real thing. Since I had my pre-term labor experience … { Keep Reading }

Cinnamon Roll Date Smoothie & WIAW

Cinnamon Roll Date Smoothie

Happy hump day, friends!  It's been a while since I shared any eats, so another WIAW is in order.  A few weeks ago I picked up some dates. I read somewhere that eating at least six dates a day can decrease your chances of having a late baby, so I thought why not pick some up. Have I been actually eating six dates a day since then? No!  I was trying to eat quite a few though (because lets face it, I am ready for this … { Keep Reading }

Target Baby Registry Review

Out of Stock

With both of my baby showers now behind me, I wanted to share my experience using Target for my baby registry. This isn't a sponsored post - I just feel like sharing my thoughts since I found the whole registry process to be a bit confusing and overwhelming.  Why I Chose to Register at Target I love Target. Their baby section is always adorable and had me browsing in there well before I was pregnant just to see all the cute stuff. … { Keep Reading }

My Hypnobabies Birth Wishes

Hypnobabies Birth Wishes

Some of you shared that you'd be interested to hear my birth plan so I'm going to share the details of that today. I've titled this post "birth wishes" because I know that no one can plan how birth will go. I didn't write a birth plan because I want to control the situation or because I fully expect it to go the way I plan. I wrote one to help foster better communication between the hospital staff and what we want out of birth as a family. My … { Keep Reading }