I like running, pop culture, random facts/tidbits of information, keeping my meals clean and my workouts dirty, finding new ways to exercise (that don't bore me), making (and crossing items off of) lists, dresses, headbands, yoga, home cooked meals, and striving to be the best possible version of myself. Especially now, since I'm expecting a baby in July. My name's Melissa, and it's very nice to meet you.

I Live My Love

This weekend was perfect. Absolutely perfect.

Friday: My mom, sister and I celebrated my birthday (albeit a bit late) by going to one of those paint + wine places. While my painting was a mess, I had a good time and Jeff proved he’s fully competent to take care of Ellie, since he had her bathed, fed, and in bed by the time I got home. This was the first time I wasn’t around for bedtime and I breathed a sigh of relief when I came home and all was well - especially since I know once I return to work I’ll be returning to work travel.

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Saturday was a lazy day. I don’t think we took off our pjs until after lunch. Oops. It was a relaxing morning filled with slowly drinking iced coffees, a grocery shopping trip, lots of time spent lounging on the couch (while dad - and sometimes baby - played video games) and not much more.

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Sunday was busy! We strapped on our sneakers bright and early and headed out for a 5k to benefit a local animal shelter. Although she didn’t wear dry fit fabric, Ellie was dressed appropriately, wearing her shirt with a dachshund on it. We stayed for the picnic afterwards, where I breastfed in public (not in my car like usual), laid in the grass, and watched the dogs parade on by.  We took lots of pictures by mums and pumpkins (a fall necessity, right?), soaked in the fall sun, watched football when we got home.

Fall is my absolutely favorite time of year. And fall weekends like these are the best. I’m slowly running out of time left on maternity leave - but I keep reminding myself to appreciate each day and remember - even though I’m headed back to work and back to the office, that weekends like this are amazing (and can still exist once I’m a working mom).

Making up for lost time (and savoring these last weeks of maternity leave), by getting out as much as possible!

Making up for lost time (and savoring these last weeks of maternity leave), by getting out as much as possible!

Hump Day Happies

Since I’m feeling super content over here, I thought I’d share some things making me happy right now:

  • Coffee! for most of my pregnancy, the smell of coffee made me nauseated. But, like all those other prenatal ailments, it has passed. I’m back to loving coffee. Phew. It’s amazing how much better my mood is when I start my day with a cup o’ joe. And with this fabulous pre-fall weather we’re having, both iced or hot are appropriate.
  • My wedding rings fit! I hadn’t worn all three (wedding band + engagement ring + anniversary band) since May, but they’re finally back to fitting comfortably and no longer make me feel paranoid that they’ll be forever stuck on my fat fingers.
  • Ellie’s sleeping! Sure, this may pass or regress or whatever, but for the last two weeks, we’ve been getting 8 or so hour stretches from the little one. Hallelujah! I am a much nicer person when I get sleep.
  • Mom jeans! Instead of stressing about how my pre-baby pants don’t fit, I bought a paid of high rise jeans from gap and they’re surprisingly flattering. I’m pretty sure they’re mom jeans, but they’re awesome in spite of (or maybe because of) that.
  • Leaving the house! For the most part, since having Ellie, I’ve chosen to leave her with Jeff or family members when I needed to run errands. It’s just a pain to get her in the car, lug the car seat around, and balance carrying that with whatever I’m trying to buy. But this week, we did our first Target run together. I carried her in my wrap, leaving me hands free. She looked around for awhile and then after ten minutes or so, ducked her head inside the wrap and took a nap. I was able to get all my Target errands done with no issues! And today, I put my wrap on in the parking garage and she and I strolled and shopped for over an hour. I’m getting more confident with breastfeeding in public (or in my [parked] car) and it’s a pretty awesome feeling knowing I can leave the house and feed baby whenever/wherever. 

Life is so good ‘round these parts. Just in time for me to go back to work, right? Whatever. I’m going to sit back and enjoy these days as much as possible.

Yoga Video Masterpost

yogabyhannah:

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for snooze-filled nights:

for sunny mornings:

Reblogging for future reference. This is great!

(Source: hmnelsyoga)

I’m totally stuck between seasons right now - Essie Turquoise and Caicos nails and an iced coffee (sweetened with half a pump of pumpkin spice syrup!)

I’m totally stuck between seasons right now - Essie Turquoise and Caicos nails and an iced coffee (sweetened with half a pump of pumpkin spice syrup!)

Thank goodness for magical sleepy dust.

Thank goodness for magical sleepy dust.

Jeff used construction paper to wrap my birthday presents this year. In addition to the cake and hearts he adorned the paper with - here are some other doodles that remind him of me: bamboobies (hanging on that octopus drying rack from ikea), our swaddled baby, and breast pumps. I laughed so hard (at the items and his awful drawing skills) that I didn’t even have a chance to be offended. Hah!

Jeff used construction paper to wrap my birthday presents this year. In addition to the cake and hearts he adorned the paper with - here are some other doodles that remind him of me: bamboobies (hanging on that octopus drying rack from ikea), our swaddled baby, and breast pumps. I laughed so hard (at the items and his awful drawing skills) that I didn’t even have a chance to be offended. Hah!

Who? Me?

Who? Me?

Baby girl wore tights, a dress, and a headband out to breakfast this morning. I wore stained sweatpants. Motherhood, right?

Baby girl wore tights, a dress, and a headband out to breakfast this morning. I wore stained sweatpants. Motherhood, right?

Even though I’m currently on (unpaid) maternity leave, this time of year always has me wanting to spend all the monies. My wedding anniversary, birthday, and back to school all occur in the same week, so I’m using it as an excuse to buy:

  • new Frye booties
  • a Tory Burch cover for my fitbit (pre-order only, boo!)
  • a high-end woven wrap (do you guys know about this underground society of babywearing? There are wraps that cost over $1,000! While that’s too rich for my tastes, I’ve become obsessed with stalking these forums and FB pages hoping to score certain colors/patterns/sizes and I’m pretty sure Ellie doesn’t even like to be worn. She either goes to sleep immediately or starts to get fussy after 15 minutes.)
  • these leopard sneakers from Target. (Granted, I probably do not need another pair of leopard shoes - I already have heels and flats, but for $25, they somehow found their way into my cart.)
  • Too much stuff at Sephora (mineral veil, surf spray, eyeliner - but they’re all necessities, especially when I go back to work in a few weeks, right?)

I’m honestly thinking about trying a cash-only system to curb my spending - but with cardholder perks (5% off at Target, ebates, etc), it’s like i’m getting paid to spend money.

A friend told me there’s nothing better than watching the man you love love your babies. She’s totally right.

A friend told me there’s nothing better than watching the man you love love your babies. She’s totally right.

Today we celebrate three years of being married. I was going to say “of wedded bliss” - but that makes it sound like every day is easy. And really, that’s not true. Most days we’re on the same page, I laugh so hard I have tears in my eyes, I appreciate his sweet actions and demeanor, and I fall even deeper in love with Jeff. But then there are the says where we seem to not communicate, I can’t get my point across, I can’t (maybe won’t?) understand his perspective, and we sulk in silence. Luckily those days are few and far between and I guess it takes the rough patches to make me really see how awesome of a husband, father, and partner he is. I know our relationship is going to change now that we have Ellie, and I’m so excited to see where this year will take us. With Jeff as my husband, I know life is more exciting, more adventurous, sweeter, and more loving. Happy Anniversary, husband!

Today we celebrate three years of being married. I was going to say “of wedded bliss” - but that makes it sound like every day is easy. And really, that’s not true. Most days we’re on the same page, I laugh so hard I have tears in my eyes, I appreciate his sweet actions and demeanor, and I fall even deeper in love with Jeff. But then there are the says where we seem to not communicate, I can’t get my point across, I can’t (maybe won’t?) understand his perspective, and we sulk in silence. Luckily those days are few and far between and I guess it takes the rough patches to make me really see how awesome of a husband, father, and partner he is. I know our relationship is going to change now that we have Ellie, and I’m so excited to see where this year will take us. With Jeff as my husband, I know life is more exciting, more adventurous, sweeter, and more loving. Happy Anniversary, husband!

Just sleeping in daddy’s arms.

Just sleeping in daddy’s arms.

This morning I totally have the happiest baby on the block.

This morning I totally have the happiest baby on the block.

Ok - to counteract the Debbie Downer-ness of my last post, here’s a photo of Ellie wearing some awesome custom leggings. (Or, as I like to call them, her “sassy pants.”)

Ok - to counteract the Debbie Downer-ness of my last post, here’s a photo of Ellie wearing some awesome custom leggings. (Or, as I like to call them, her “sassy pants.”)

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