Melissa

I have known my husband, Brad, since high school. We fell in love and have been happily married for three years. When we were dating we talked a lot about what our family might look like: how many children we’d have, if they’d be boys or girls, what’d we name them, etc.  One thing we were sure on though was waiting for the perfect time. I’d finish grad school, get a job and then we’d start trying. Little did we know our journey would have some bumps along the way, and maybe there is no such thing as perfect timing.

Our Journey: Thank You!

December 27, 2016

Almost 2 years ago I took a leap of faith and sent a message to the Unity Point Facebook page. I had been following the Real Moms of Eastern Iowa Blog, but was frustrated that there were no stories about real women in Iowa who were trying to get pregnant but were facing challenges. It was just a simple suggestion to maybe have a 1 time blog post about miscarriage or infertility or in vitro. Little did I know, that little message would start me on my blogging journey.

The Breakup

December 21, 2016

It's been a long time coming. Our relationship has not always been smooth.in fact sometimes it's been painful and demanding and time consuming. But finally, the time has come. I am breaking up with THE PUMP! Last week Archer turned 10 months, which means I have been pumping for about the last 8 months. That's twice a day, 5 days a week, 15 minutes for each pump session, which comes to about 4,800 minutes, but who's keeping track!

Christmas Traditions

December 12, 2016

With the holidays very quickly approaching, I find myself thinking a lot about the new traditions we will start as a family of three. The traditions range from very simple things we will do together as a family, to things we will do for others to share the spirit of the season. Some we will begin this year, and others we will wait, simply because Archer is still a little too small. Here are some of my initial traditions:

Picture Perfect.Not Always

November 25, 2016

I'm not sure if it's the stress of the approaching holiday, but Brad and I have been less than picture perfect today. I had the day off to spend with Archer, after being out of town at a conference for three days. I spent most of the day getting work done around the house and preparing for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and family festivities. By the time Brad got home Archer had not had an afternoon nap and was overly tired and I was hungry. Shortly after, Archer and I ended up falling asleep on the couch for about 45 minutes. When we woke up, I was HANGRY! I quickly woke up and began getting dinner ready, when Brad asked one very simple question. And I snapped. I literally freaked out at him.over onions!

Race Day

November 21, 2016

Back in July I posted about beginning training for my first half marathon. I wrote about my desire to set an example for my young family about the importance of health and taking care of yourself physically. Well on November 13th, I ran and successfully completed my first half marathon in Madison, Wisconsin.

October LOVE

November 4, 2016

I love the month of October! I watching all the leaves change their colors. Going for long drives or even walks along the river just to take in the beauty. I love fall comfort food. In our house that means Turkey & Dressing starts to become a staple fridge item. I love opening the windows, putting on a sweatshirt and snuggling up on the couch. So many wonderful things happen in October!