Moms And Babies - Melanie

This week I'm featuring Melanie from Country Roads! Melanie and I found each other's blogs last year before either of us had announced our pregnancies, and it has been so fun watching her go through pregnancy and life with a new baby while I was going through alot of the same thigns! Read her itnerview below to learn more about her!

Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Melanie and I'm a stay at home mom/homemaker. I've been married to my husban, Damon for 10 years now and we have a lovely life here in the great state of West Virginia!

What's your baby's name and how old is she?

My baby girls name is Makayla Giuliana and she is almost 3 months old now!

Give us an idea of what a typical day looks like for you.

I get up sometime during the night with Makayla for a feeding (anywhere between 4-6 am..yes..I consider this 'night'!), back to bed and up again around 9-10 am for another feeding and then we start our day. She'll lay in her crib for a short bit while I get dressed, check emails, etc. Then its in her bouncy chair for some cartoons while mommy gets a snack! Another feeding in there somewhere then we'll go out either for a visit with Makayla's grandma and grandpa (my parents) for a couple hours or stay around the house and do a stroller ride through the neighborhood and lounge around the house. Daddy gets up around 4pm (he works night shift) and takes over for a bit while I prepare dinner. Another couple feedings in there (around 3 and 6pm, roughly) while we all have "family time". Makayla finishes up her day around 9-10pm with a feeding and nice warm bath then its lights out which usually happens around midnight or 1 am!

If you had to choose three words to describe your baby's personality, what would they be?

Happy, loveable, and CUTE!!

What's your favorite part about being a mom?

Oh my gosh, where to begin!! First off, I must say that all my life I didnt want any children. So the fact that I am now a mom and loving it more than I can even wrap my mind around is amazing! I love everything that comes with being a mom... I love that I can comfort her, feed her, nurture her, clothe her, play with her, make her smile, and be with her every single day. Yes, I am totally smitten by my little girl!!

Do you have any tips on losing the baby weight?

Definately breastfeeding, as I know its been mentioned before. But it truely does work! When in the hospital and the days following I felt like the incredible shrinking woman! I still have a few pounds to lose of the baby weight, plus more for my own personal self and this I can tell will be the challenge. Its true what you hear, your body is NOT the same after you have a baby! Yes you might lose all the weight you gained while pregnant, but your body just isn't quite the same. I've been trying to watch what I eat and finally went out the other day and bought a set of scales (you read right, we've never had any before!) so I'm hoping to get on track with my weight now that I can finally keep tabs on it the right way!

What have you and your husband done since your baby's arrival to keep your relationship strong?

Communication is key, whether you've just had a baby or not, so that is extremely important in my opinion. Being able to talk about the simple events of the day, whether its work, the baby, housework, etc, keeps a marriage strong and connected. We go to church regularly also (even going 5 days after my c-section) having God as your center is MOST important. Of course, spending time one-on-one is a must too!

Are there any must-have products that you would recommend to other moms?

Definately Gripe Water (its a lifesaver!), Pampers (because they have the wetness indicator which I love), a good baby carrier, nipple shield (if your breastfeeing, it can be a lifesaver in more than one way!), a good breastpump, Boppy pillow, and some nice fleecy sleepers. Makayla LOVES to be super warm and having a good cozy sleeper to put her in at night helps her sleep really well!

What has been your favorite moment or outing as a family so far?

We just went to the State Fair of WV a few days ago and I'd say thats been my favorite outing! Vacation in Ohio wasn't exactly memorable unless you want to count having a fussy baby with an upset tummy! I'd kind of like to go back this fall so we could enjoy ourselves more and be more prepared (note to self..dont drink lemonade!!!).

Any advice for first-time mothers?

Be PATIENT! You and your baby are learning about each other on a daily basis. It takes time to figure out their cues, what they like/don't like, etc. I don't think I really understood the true meaning of being patient until I had a baby!

Thanks Melanie! Check out Melanie's blog to read more!

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Katie said...

Great interview! And go girl for getting to church 5 days after your were way more motivated than I was!

Melanie said...

Thanks for featuring me Callie!!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful little girl!

Unknown said...

She's beautiful!

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