Happy Mother’s Day


I spent a good hour or two looking through old baby pictures of Penelope last night & I couldn’t help but grin from ear to ear and think about how life-changing & awesome motherhood has been.


Penelope at 2 months

P & I got off to a rough start; I was hormonally imbalanced and I wasn’t entirely sure I was fit to be a mom. I went back to work partly full-time and realized that I missed Penelope and I wanted to be her mom. I can’t imagine my life without her & I know that she’s been a huge motivating factor to make me who I am today. She’s a spit-fire who’s sweeter than sweet. If Felix is crying, she’ll calm him down by singing twinkle, twinkle little star (or the chorus of Franz Ferdinand’s, Ulysses – she’s such a hipster). I love my sweet P so much.


Penelope at 3 years

Felix is a rad baby, too. It hasn’t taken us nearly as long to bond. Perhaps it’s because I know now that I want to be a mom or because I have my hormones under control. He’s an easy baby & lights up when I tease him. He’s also a pro cuddler, too. LOVE. I’m excited to see him grow & get to know his personality better.


Felix at 2 months

I hear so many moms (and dads) talk about how they could never imagine loving another child like they love their first; when the second comes the love multiplies to make room for the new one. It’s true. I was so worried I’d play favorites once Felix arrives & turns out I have. They’re both my favorites (cheesy, but true). I can’t imagine my life without these little babies & I’m so grateful that they’ve come into this world safe & happy.


Felix at 2 1/2 months

I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s day! At church we talked about how Mother’s Day is really a celebration of the nurturing nature of womanhood. I love that. There are so many women (not just my own mother & mother-in-law) that have been a positive, nurturing influence in my life. I’m sure you know women like that. Let’s raise a glass to them, too.

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    1. stacy says:

      happy mothers day! avery sings twinkle twinkle little star when the baby cries too, its so cute.

    2. Lindsay says:

      Adorable kiddos! Love the matching dress photo..too cute! I also had a little postpartum depression (pretty sure that’s what you are referring too) worst feeling ever..but when it finally left one day.. a little light switch went off and I was like “okay I CAN do this”…I think being a Momma is the hardest most rewarding job is the world! Happy Momma’s Day to you!

      Delighted Momma

    3. angie says:

      aww. felix and penelope are so cute in the photos (alone and with you). i’m not a mother yet, but i’m sure it is very rewarding and creates an endless amount of love to give to your children.

    4. Such adorable pictures. We talked about the very same thing at our church…there are so many spiritual mothers out there! Happy Belated Mother’s Day to you:)

    5. Andrea Hatch says:

      You are seriously making me so excited to meet my little one in October. I am so excited to be a mommy and you’re making it so hard to wait with all your mommy-cuteness and beautiful pictures of your BEAUTIFUL children.

      Thanks for this lovely blog you’ve created. You’re ever so inspiring.

    6. What Andrea said, every single word. My baby’s due in October, too. :)

    7. Erica says:

      Melissa, this post is beautiful! Your children are gorgeous and you look amazing. Thanks for being such a great example, honestly you are inspiring! I am glad to know you!

    8. JamiK says:

      Great post. I love the skirt you are wearing that matches your daughters dress. Did you make it?

    9. I know exactly what you mean. My first pregnancy was a surprise for my husband and I, and I had a really hard time all through the pregnancy and after my daughter was born. It took quite a while to fall into “mom mode.” But when my son arrived a little over a year later, I was in love with him from the get-go. Sounds like you are doing a great job, momma!

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