• Newborn Essentials | Must Have Newborn Items

    Creating our baby registry was by far the most overwhelming experience during my pregnancy. How do you know what you will need or what is just a gimmick? What if your baby doesn’t like something and you need to try something else? We wanted to be over-prepared instead of under-prepared because Amazon in 1-hour doesn’t work in our neighborhood quite yet 😉 These items are the can’t-live-withouts, the must have newborn items for our first 6 weeks of Olivia’s life. Some of these things may not work for your baby, but they were all essential to keeping our sanity. Baby Susher– we ended up buying this 2 weeks into newborn living…

  • One Month With Olivia Ronnie

    This post is a little late but I actually had it written on time, getting the photos together isn’t my strong suit at the moment. This first month with Olivia has been amazing. She is the cutest little thing and we love her so much. I kept random notes throughout the month of things I want to remember. The very first night we had Olivia in our hospital room she was wide awake around 11 pm. Dave was sleeping soundly and I stared at our little girl for at least an hour until she got hungry, ate and fell asleep. She is the most precious thing to ever happen to…

  • Olivia’s Birth Story Part 2- Our First Days

    If you would like to read part 1 of Olivia’s birth story, read it here.   After the delivery process was over I felt emotions that I can’t even explain. I felt calm, joyful, excited, and not the least bit tired, just a little worn out. I was so ready to have Olivia back on my chest to attempt to feed her. After a little while, they brought her over to me and explained her low blood sugar and high breathing rate. Because of the combination of the two, I wouldn’t be able to feed her unless both changed. However, skin-to-skin was a possible fix, so she laid on my…

  • Olivia’s Birth Story Part 1

    During my pregnancy, I spent so much time reading birth stories and watching birth vlogs. I loved seeing the various experiences different women had and I cried along with them each time it got to the part of the baby being placed on their chest for the first time. I can’t believe I am sitting down to now write my own birth story. For starters, I had a very different idea of how my birth experience would go. I thought I would end up being induced, then labor for maybe 2 days and push for upwards of 4 hours. With the way my pregnancy had been going, I was trying…

  • Our Third Year | The Volpes

    Three years of marriage has led us to such a wonderful place in our lives. We have a brand new baby, endless adventures in the past to look back on, and many memories of the future to look forward to. With three years of marriage and almost 6 years of being together in the books, I couldn’t have found a more perfect person to spend the time with. One of my favorite ways to keep track of our year is by keeping monthly marriage notes. I take note of the little things (and some big things) that happen in the notes app on my phone and write this post every…

  • A Letter To My Daughter | Dear Olivia

    Darling Olivia, I have spent every minute of everyday with you for the last 40 weeks. You are the only person who knows what my heartbeat and terrible singing voice sound like from inside. You are going to change my life in so many ways but the biggest one being that you are going to make me a mom. From the moment I learned about you I have been filled with excitement and that excitement has only grown since September. I have always been so close with my mom and knowing that I have the opportunity of that relationship with you is life changing in and of itself. I look…