May 11, 2016

7 months pregnant with Reed

Reed - 8 Months Old

Hey Guys! I’m launching this blog by giving you a little background story of how Life by Meli came to be. In order to really get to know me, my style and what motherhood means to me I felt it was important to share this story with you.

I honestly wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for May 11, 2016. 
I was pregnant with my third baby and feeling pretty awesome.  It was the morning of my routine 20-week ultrasound and we couldn’t wait to confirm that we were having a baby BOY. Unfortunately, during the ultrasound the doctor discovered that our baby had an abnormal mass on his left torso area. The doctor performing the ultrasound had never seen anything like what my baby had forming on his body. We were immediately referred to a specialist and after many doctors’ visits and tests the mass on my baby was diagnosed as a lymphatic malformation. Lymphatic malformations are rare, non-malignant masses consisting of fluid-filled channels or spaces thought to be caused by the abnormal development of the lymphatic system. We were told that this malformation could be associated with a chromosome abnormality so we went on to take what felt like dozens of agonizing tests to check our baby’s chromosome make-up, his heart, his brain and so on. What an awful time that was. My little baby boy passed every test with flying colors and even though the mass continued to grow throughout my pregnancy so did he. He was turning out to be one big perfect baby with lots of hair! Our little miracle Reed was born on September 15, 2016. Although the mass under his left arm is large and visible, trust me when I say he is the perfect baby. What a joy to be his mom! Right now, he is right in the middle of treatment but has already shown vast improvement. We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. FINALLY!!!

I do realize that you just read my long sad story and that this might not be setting a very happy tone for my blog but, that ladies and gentlemen is truthfully how “Life by Meli” came to be. In the short year since my son’s diagnosis I have learned to appreciate life a little more and I strive to find joy in what I do daily. You know... the making lemonade out of lemons type of thing (cue all the Beyonce music now). I have taken the time to think about what truly makes me happy and how I could be the best me that I could be because that's how life is meant to be lived. Facing your worst fear head on will do that to you. I am excited to embark on this blogging journey and to see where this little blog of mine takes me. Follow along as I share tips on motherhood, interior design and fashion. I'll also share some wedding planning stories and advice. Above all, I hope to inspire you to follow your dreams and truly live a life you love.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or collaboration ideas. I truly from the bottom of my heart appreciate you stopping by. My next blog post will be all about something fun or pretty or both so please check back soon.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so happy your baby boy is doing better! Love is powerful and that's what he needs the healing love of mama! May god bless you and your beautiful family <3


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