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

Daycare baby don’t care.

(ETA: dressed by dad this morning. The tights, striped dress, polkadot cardigan and headband may be a bit much - but hey, do you baby.)

Daycare baby don’t care.

(ETA: dressed by dad this morning. The tights, striped dress, polkadot cardigan and headband may be a bit much - but hey, do you baby.)

This is the slightly panicked/thinking face of a baby who just rolled over - but has no idea how to roll back. I’m already mourning the loss of her stationary days and I know I’ll be panicking all night long - and running to roll her back over.

This is the slightly panicked/thinking face of a baby who just rolled over - but has no idea how to roll back. I’m already mourning the loss of her stationary days and I know I’ll be panicking all night long - and running to roll her back over.

A scene from my Saturday morning

A scene from my Saturday morning

I’ve never seen a 50-50 day. It’s not a balancing act. It’s a constant compromise and sacrifice. Some days it’s giving 90 percent at work and 10 percent at home. Some days it flips. Rosalind Brewer, President and CEO of Sam’s Club

Today has been full of mishaps and klutzy mistakes, but we’re surviving and I’m trying to see the silver lining: 

  • Baby has a stuffy nose, which meant hearing her little dragon sounding snores and baby coughs all night long (although she doesn’t have a fever, so phew!)
  • I spilled coffee all over myself on my way out the door this morning (but it only ended up on my tights, so I’m not stained and I smell delicious!)
  • I didn’t tighten a bottle of breastmilk when I packed E’s bottles this morning, so it spilled - and the daycare called me to confirm that I only wanted her to eat 1 oz this morning (thank goodness I pack extra bottles - so no need to panic)
  • I’m back into the groove at work (as much as possible when I can check a webcam and watch my little one at daycare) and I’m already feeling overextended (from saying yes too often) and overwhelmed with the number of projects I need to tackle (although I guess this means they need me and my job is valuable, right?)

Life is good, but man - so many of my stressors would be slightly alleviated if I could only work from home…

Let’s go, Jets go!

Let’s go, Jets go!

Somebody’s extra happy it’s Friday!

Somebody’s extra happy it’s Friday!

I am ready to freeze time.

Ellie is 15 weeks old. And it seems like she’s changing every day. Her expressions are hilarious and I love to listen to her coo and giggle and sing. She’s super close to rolling over (back to tummy) – and I’m probably an awful parent for admitting this, but I’m kinda dreading when she finally masters this task. (Not only does it mean that she’s no longer safe in the middle of my bed, it also means my little lady is growing up! Boo!)

Today was her first drop off at daycare and Jeff and I tackled it together. We may be smiling in the pictures below, but I was all tears on my drive to work. I know she’s in good hands (I mean the daycare offers baby yoga and baby sign language), but it’s still daycare. It’s still someone else taking care of my kid. It still means that someone else (a stranger until a few weeks ago) will see Ellie more than I will on Tuesday and Wednesdays. And - it officially signals that my maternity leave is over. Thank goodness Jeff will be doing the dropoffs every morning. I don’t know that I could go through the heart wrenching motions every time.

At least I get to come home to this adorable little munchkin (who’s dressed in leopard print fleece today - I just can’t handle the cuteness!) and stalk the daycare web cams and hang out with her whenever possible. (I already booked overnight work travel for next week, which I’m trying not to think about. I can only handle so much separation anxiety at once!)

On a lighter note, I texted a pic to both Jeff’s and my mom to let them know that today was her first day. This just shows how different they are. My mom, so matter of fact, complimented her outfit. Jeff’s mom claims she’s been sobbing all morning (and actually, I don’t doubt it). 

So, Ellie is sweet and awesome and perfect. I am a ball of emotions and my heart swells when I think about how precious she is and how lucky I am.

Jeff just sent me this photo of Ellie while they were out on a walk. Her smile, popped collar, and leopard print blanket? Oh my gosh, she melts my heart.
And it’s so reassuring to know she’s enjoying her Daddy/Daughter Days.

Jeff just sent me this photo of Ellie while they were out on a walk. Her smile, popped collar, and leopard print blanket? Oh my gosh, she melts my heart.

And it’s so reassuring to know she’s enjoying her Daddy/Daughter Days.

Is there anything sweeter than a sleeping baby?

Is there anything sweeter than a sleeping baby?

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Laughing so hard.

This is just what I needed today!

(Source: tastefullyoffensive)

Active Nation Day

For most of my life I’d consider myself an active person (‘cept for those few unfortunate post-college/first job years. Now, those were rough!). I played lots of sports growing up, had no problem passing the swim test to become a lifeguard or teach swim lessons, and in the past few years, I’ve discovered how much I love running and doing yoga. 

Since having Ellie though, I haven’t made much time for fitness. I’ve prioritized naps over gym sessions and long showers over long runs, with the excuse “I just don’t have the time to work out.” My attitude on this really needs to change, since I want to be active for myself and for my little one. Tomorrow, September 28th, is Active Nation Day and I’ll be making it my goal to get out and do something. 

Lorna Jane, the activewear company, is challenging all women to live an authentic and active life. And to celebrate this mantra, they’re hosting Active Nation Day events around the globe. 

Interested in participating?

  • Sign up to find events in a city near you
  • Join virtually with the app for iOS or Android (which also lets you track all movement [not just for Active Nation Day] and is chock full of delicious recipes & inspirational quotes)
  • Watch and learn the signature Lorna Jane dance move here. (If you show them how you do the #LJMOVE, you have a chance to win a $1,000 Lorna Jane gift card!)

I definitely need a little push to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to keep fitness fun and engaging (and not seem like a daunting task)!  And I figure, if I’m going to be active tomorrow anyway, why not join the movement - especially for the chance to win $1,000 of adorable workout clothes (unlike all the ill-fitting stuff currently in my closet!)

This was my last full week of maternity leave. I’m headed back to work (and back to my hour long commute) next Wednesday. The transition won’t be as bad as it could be - since Jeff is taking off work for the first two weeks I’m back (so we don’t need to worry about rushing out of the house; organizing daycare dropoffs/pickups; he’ll be able to tell me how much she’s drinking from a bottle; and I’ll get lots of updates and pictures from him during the day). I’ve also decided to use my FMLA/unpaid time to work 4 day weeks for the rest of the year. Hopefully these steps will make going back to work a little less awful. I know I need to go back eventually, but I still don’t feel fully ready. And I’m not sure I ever will be.
There are so many things I’m going to miss about spending all day at home with my little lady, like:
Laying in bed, side by side watching Good Morning America (and dozing off to Kelly & MIchael)
Being the first person Ellie sees when she wakes up - and being greeted by a giant smile and a twinkle in her eyes
Our daily photo shoots - whether dressed in a crazy outfit, when trying something new, or just giving a ridiculous expression, I’ll miss capturing these moments on camera.
Laying on the floor during our daily reading sessions. I find it’s much easier to capture her attention (is it even possible to capture the attention of an infant?) and hold a book while laying on the floor. We roll out a big blanket (typically her NY Jets one) and read book after book together.
Missing key developmental milestones. She’s so close to rolling over (back to tummy) and I want to be around to witness this first!
Our impromptu trips and lunch dates. Now that I’m feeling much more confident in our daily schedules and with BF in public, it seems we’re able to get out of the house much more easily. I’ll miss our daily walks, trips to get coffee, or just running errands with my little lady in tow.
I’m not cut out to be a stay-at-home mom (I give y’all credit. It’s a lot to handle!) - but I’m not ready to join the workforce 100% yet (especially with the commute I currently have). I’ve heard people say that going back to work never gets easier, but it does become routine.
Wish me luck y’all. Wish me luck.

This was my last full week of maternity leave. I’m headed back to work (and back to my hour long commute) next Wednesday. The transition won’t be as bad as it could be - since Jeff is taking off work for the first two weeks I’m back (so we don’t need to worry about rushing out of the house; organizing daycare dropoffs/pickups; he’ll be able to tell me how much she’s drinking from a bottle; and I’ll get lots of updates and pictures from him during the day). I’ve also decided to use my FMLA/unpaid time to work 4 day weeks for the rest of the year. Hopefully these steps will make going back to work a little less awful. I know I need to go back eventually, but I still don’t feel fully ready. And I’m not sure I ever will be.

There are so many things I’m going to miss about spending all day at home with my little lady, like:

  • Laying in bed, side by side watching Good Morning America (and dozing off to Kelly & MIchael)
  • Being the first person Ellie sees when she wakes up - and being greeted by a giant smile and a twinkle in her eyes
  • Our daily photo shoots - whether dressed in a crazy outfit, when trying something new, or just giving a ridiculous expression, I’ll miss capturing these moments on camera.
  • Laying on the floor during our daily reading sessions. I find it’s much easier to capture her attention (is it even possible to capture the attention of an infant?) and hold a book while laying on the floor. We roll out a big blanket (typically her NY Jets one) and read book after book together.
  • Missing key developmental milestones. She’s so close to rolling over (back to tummy) and I want to be around to witness this first!
  • Our impromptu trips and lunch dates. Now that I’m feeling much more confident in our daily schedules and with BF in public, it seems we’re able to get out of the house much more easily. I’ll miss our daily walks, trips to get coffee, or just running errands with my little lady in tow.

I’m not cut out to be a stay-at-home mom (I give y’all credit. It’s a lot to handle!) - but I’m not ready to join the workforce 100% yet (especially with the commute I currently have). I’ve heard people say that going back to work never gets easier, but it does become routine.

Wish me luck y’all. Wish me luck.

Dining al fresco with my favorite little lady. (I guess hands are on the menu today.)

Dining al fresco with my favorite little lady. (I guess hands are on the menu today.)

I think we’d be much better mothers if we gave ourselves personal time without feeling guilty. Sara Blakely (founder of Spanx)

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