Welcoming: Juniper Inês!

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It’s been quite silent around  here, and with good reason. I’ve been snorting the newborn smell like a crack addict. Miss Juniper Inês finally made her way here last Tuesday at a whopping 9 pounds 9 ...

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    1. Congratulations! I’m glad that everything went quickly and fairly smoothly. You are amazing. Good work!

    2. Joy Nicholas says:

      Congratulations!!! What a beauty!!! My 4th was 9 lb’s 5 oz’s and a week (at least) early, and he was my best sleeper. As a newborn. Not so much now that he’s almost three. ;-) Sounds a bit scary with the bleeding, but I’m glad everything turned out okay! Hope you’re healing quickly!!

    3. nan says:

      Congratulations!!!!She is a beautiful little girl. I am glad to hear your delivery went well.

    4. Lauren says:

      Congratulations! She’s lovely.

    5. Katie says:

      Melissa, she’s an absolute doll! Congratulations! I love hearing happy natural birth stories. So inspiring.

    6. Jasmine says:

      Congratulations, Melissa! She’s gorgeous!

    7. Sabine says:

      Beautiful pictures of a beautiful little girl. Congratulations!

    8. maddie says:

      Beautiful story and beautiful girl :)

    9. Angel Y. says:

      Congratulations! She’s gorgeous!

    10. Joan says:

      You are amazing and June is beyond beautiful! Blessings to you and June and your family!

    11. Sig!s says:

      Congratulations! Both with your baby girl and the natural birth. I think what you described in your story, that mental preparation is so important to turn fear for labour into looking forward to it, is so very very important for other women to hear/read. Yes, this is what our bodies are meant to do, and we can do it! And it’s not because you had it all wrapped up in 2 hours that a 22 hour labour, like mine, isn’t possible to do naturally.
      Keep inspiring others with that beautiful story!

    12. Meg says:

      Congrats on the new addition to your family! I love the part about your playlist, any song recs?

    13. kristin says:

      aw congratulations!! she is really a cutie pie and i love reading positive natural labor stories. quick labors are the best (mine with O was like that)! and that post-birth high is better than anything else in life. hope you’re all settling in well!

    14. Nancy says:

      Congratulations. She is adorable and I love her name

    15. Julia says:

      Woohoo! Congrats! I loved delivering unmedicated. You totally feel like superwoman, huh?! She is beautiful. I love her name!

    16. Jen Allyson says:

      wahoo! super excited for you all!

    17. Karen says:

      I love her name. It is nice to hear original fun names. congrats

    18. ira lee says:

      congrats to a beautiful baby!!!!!

    19. Bonnie Fisher says:

      Hey Melissa,
      I love baby stories and this one was exceptional. I had no idea you just had your baby so recent when I saw you at UCA. You are amazing!

    20. Tang says:

      Congrats Melissa!!! She’s beautiful. Wishing you lots of amazing family time. :)

    21. Heidi Lassila says:

      Congratulations! I love hearing natural birth stories! It is completely mental preparation. Birth is so amazing!

    Sponsored: Nesting with The Honest Company

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    This post is sponsored by the Honest Company. They’re a fabulous resource for safer home products such as cleaning supplies, personal care and baby essentials. They’ll even deliver all that awesomeness to your doorstep through ...

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    1. Kristin H says:

      Ah, me, too! I haaaate, nay, loathe cleaning floors, the kitchen and yard work. Bathrooms are so much easier! I don’t turn around and find yet another weed to pull, spoon to wash, or another room to mop. So infuriating to leave any job half done. I’ve been curious about the Honest cleaner. I’ve used other more natural cleaners, but the cleaning power never seemed to be worth the $$.

    2. Lauren says:

      Love the Honest company! I’ve loved their products, especially the diapers and hand sanitizer. We are also in the process of reworking our bathroom while waiting for a big bathroom reno. Looks great!

    3. […] subtle diamond pattern in the bathroom. The nail polish crate is genius […]

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    Sewing: Maternity and Beyond Silk Kimono

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    When in LA earlier this summer, I found the most gorgeous silk print for $5 a yard. I snatched up two yards for the sole purpose to make a kimono out of it. After seeing ...

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    1. maddie says:

      At 39 weeks Melissa, you look amazing!

    2. Sara says:

      That silk print is AMAZING! Such a beautiful Kimono. I wish it wasn’t so incredibly fall here because I definitely missed the summer kimono train… ah well, guess there’s always next year!

    3. Jen says:

      This is by far, my favorite project of yours…like, ridiculously amazing. You are gorgeous, and you did an amazing job constructing this kimono!

    4. Polly says:

      I LOVE this! Looks so comfortable! Perfect for 39 weeks:)!

    Style: Raglan Maternity Top

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    My midwife says that I could go into labor at any time. I’m thrilled with this news as we’ve experienced a little heat wave in our neck of the woods lately. As I keep mentioning, ...

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    1. kristin says:

      oooo how exciting! i’ll be watching your instagram like a hawk from here on out. you look adorable; this will be a great postpartum nursing tunic too.

    2. Could you be any more adorable while also growing a human being inside of you?! Love, love, love those leggings! Congrats on the sweet baby — praying for a quick & easy labor with a healthy baby delivered soon! xoxo

    Foodie: Liege Waffles and Peach Preserves

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    Sometime in 2009 I was introduced to the Liege Waffle. Transformative is the only way I could describe this experience. I’ve always enjoyed waffles, but this was unlike anything I had ever had in my ...

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    1. Kristin H says:

      My hubby has done the same since January. His mission suit is now too big! So not fair, but he is working out more than me and well, men just have it easier. But I will have to find a copy of that book. We are always looking for ways to keep him full. Protein bars are so expensive and taste so… protein-y. Have you noticed Chris’ body temp being higher now that he’s excersizing a lot? I swear Dave is always hot now that his metabolism is in over drive. These waffles look heavenly, btw, and I totally get your dough issues. I can not, for the life of me, get dough! Let’s not even mention my bazillion failed attempts at homemade gf dough…

      • Melissa says:

        Way to go hubby! I feel like Chris is a furnace, but then again, I think anything over 70 degrees is blazing hot right now. :)

        I bet GF dough is SO HARD to get right! Most grocery store brands don’t get it right, either.

    2. Joy says:

      Proud to be from Belgium! :-)

      • Sabine says:

        I was hit by the same sentiment ;-)
        But to stay on topic: we have a similar situation here! By husband lost about 20 pounds and they stay off. He is vigilant about his morning exercise and now he’s even started running?!? How do they do it?

        Meanwhile, Melissa… you should not feel guilty about gaining some weight at this time: you have the very best excuse in the world! Good luck with those last few weeks… and then to see your feet again – haaah, relief :-)

    3. I can’t wait to try this! I just read about Liege waffles earlier today. Must be a sign! I’m so excited you shared the Feed Zone Portables cookbook. I was just thinking about how all my cooking is focused on healthy portable meals. Cause when I have to eat, get out of the way. ;) Making sure i have a good meal portioned out makes a huge difference and allows me to focus on my job or skating/hiking or sewing or art. Thank you very much. I’m also beginning to share recipes myself. Though I mainly experiment and rarely follow a recipe. :) Merci!

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