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I know it was the right thing to do, I know that it was best for her but my heart is shattered into a million pieces right now.  I know that as a pet owner this is a moment that we all have gone through or will go through but that doesn’t make it any…

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  • RachelDecember 28, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    What a lovely post M. You were so good to her, she was lucky to have you and David. *hugs* to you.

  • heatherJanuary 3, 2013 - 5:54 pm

    As I said in my FB comment – I am so sorry for your loss. Your post was so special and I sat an bawled as I read it. Will be giving my fur babies extra kisses tonight:)

  • Michelle RobinsonFebruary 2, 2013 - 12:28 pm

    My heart broke when I read this,as a pet owner who will soon have to put her puppy down(she’s 17) it is never easy. You could see all the love you had with her through your many posts. I send big bugs and hope your heart has healed a little and that now the tears are filled with smiles as you remember her. <3

I have been so incredibly blessed this year!  I have a brand new healthy baby boy and my hubby is back from his deployment, what more could a girl ask for?!?!  How about incredible clients that have been so supportive of me this past year as my belly got bigger and the question of when…

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  • heatherNovember 30, 2012 - 2:21 pm

    what a year of blessings!

“They are kidding right!!  No way!!  Holy cow yep those are boy parts.  Oh my god it’s a boy!  I have a son, oh my god!  Welcome to the world William Anthony!” As I lay there on the operating table having gone through one of the most unnerving experiences of my life these were the…

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  • Michael and Carina PhotographyNovember 7, 2012 - 10:25 am

    as we say in German, alles, alles Gute & Gottes segen!

  • Tori WatsonNovember 7, 2012 - 10:36 am

    soooo sweet, melissa! so, so happy for your newly expanded family! i can’t believe he’s already here – it honestly doesn’t seem like WPPI was that long ago, when you first told us! but he’s absolutely precious & i know you’re going to be such a good mom. :)

  • caseyblakephotographyNovember 7, 2012 - 10:45 am

    OMG congrats to you, Melissa. I almost cried looking at your first photos taken by Marta and I don’t even personally KNOW you! lol. But they brought me back to those first precious days after my son was born 3 years ago and I’m now pregnant with our second so we get to do it all over again. I will tell you that you will never see the mother/son dance the same. I almost cry everytime I shoot a wedding – especially when I see that the mother and son have a really close relationship. Nothing tugs at my heartstrings more.
    I also love, love that first photo of the three of you together – I wish I had asked someone in the operating room to do that for us too (I was a c-section too…but unplanned so I looked absolutely TERRIBLE) – you look gorgeous.
    anyway, sorry for the rant but congrats. enjoy yourselves!

  • heatherNovember 7, 2012 - 1:55 pm

    He is so handsome :) Congrats again!

  • MartaNovember 8, 2012 - 12:55 pm

    It was an honor to be the one you chose to capture your new family. And your faith in my vision made it one of my favorites to date.

    The mother and son relationship is one I never thought I would get. I came from a long line of girls, so I didn’t really get boys at all. I birthed a girl first and we are still to this day best friends 14 years later, but I can honestly say that there is a different relationship with the boys (not better…just different). The term “mamas boys” is valid and real and I wouldn’t ever give up the experience to be able to learn them and what they are all about and how much they adore my hugs. Enjoy sweet William…I look forward to watching him grow!

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned before but I love decorating!!!  I love to look at magazines, catalogs and of course Pinterest to get ideas and then try to find a way to either DIY it or find something similar and cheaper on Craigslist.  My favorite HGTV show is the High Low Project with Sabrina Soto where…

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  • HollieNovember 6, 2012 - 10:14 am

    This is SO gorgeous Melissa! You have so much talent!

  • Dreama SpenceNovember 6, 2012 - 10:59 am

    This is seriously one of the most beautiful nurseries I have ever seen. I am in love with that shade of aqua. Would you mind sharing with me the brand and paint color?

  • melissaNovember 6, 2012 - 12:00 pm

    The color is Benjamin Moore Robin’s Nest, I went by and got a paint chip sample of it and then took it to Lowes and had them color match it! It’s in the greens which seemed weird to me because it goes on much bluer!

  • OFD ConsultingNovember 6, 2012 - 12:07 pm

    I’ve been admittedly pretty jazzed about seeing this after all of the instagram sneak peeks. Well done lady! :)

  • Dreama SpenceNovember 6, 2012 - 12:24 pm

    Melissa,

    Thank you! Never use BM for paint, usually Behr, but I’m sure I could match it!

  • heatherNovember 6, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    gorgeous Melissa!! You did an amazing job :)

Wow I can’t believe I’m 37 weeks along!  To be honest things have been easy and smooth sailing till a week or so ago. Now the lovely swelling I’ve heard so much about has set in, my poor feet are hideous!  Oh and sleep has become such a pain that I no longer look forward…

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