• 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…

  • Nursery Organization: Dresser & More!

    How is a baby so tiny but there are so many things they need? At least things you think you need when you’re preparing to welcome a baby into your house. One thing that overwhelmed me was the organization of all the things. With so many clothes (thanks to some amazing friends hand-me-downs & our shower) I needed to figure out a way to store everything. We don’t have much storage space in our house so we needed to get a little creative. Let’s start with the dresser! We have the Hemnes dresser from IKEA and it’s perfect, especially with the SKUBB boxes. Drawer #1- I used the top left…

  • Nursery Reveal

    While I have a feeling the nursery will be an ongoing project as we learn what Olivia likes, everything I wanted to have finished before her arrival has been completed! We still have some blank spaces to fill, but in time we will add those things to match her personality or to reflect things we find along the way. I am so happy with how everything turned out, from the wall color (props to Dave) to the wardrobe, I love it all! If you remember the inspiration I shared for the nursery, you will see some similarities. The wardrobe used to be mine, then all of my siblings used it as…