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Melissa B

Raised outside of Orlando, Florida, redheaded Melissa is an avid sunscreen and shade enthusiast. She left Florida in 2007 to serve in the United States Air Force as a radio and television broadcaster. After basic and technical training she was stationed in Illinois, South Korea, Italy, and Alabama with two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan sprinkled in between. In 2013, she met her husband Gregg and in 2015, they were married. This gave Melissa the new title of Bonus Mom to Gregg's daughter, Isabella. That year also welcomed Melissa back into the civilian world as her eight years of service came to a close due to medical retirement. She has called Birmingham home for the past 3.5 years. Shortly after they were married, Melissa and Gregg found themselves wading through the confusing and emotional world of miscarriage and unexplained infertility. They excitedly welcomed a son in November of 2017 after two years of trying for a little miracle. Melissa dedicates her extra time to spoiling their three rescue dogs Ginger, Typsy, and Bruno. She also fosters dogs before they find their furever homes.

Giving Grief Enough Time

This post won’t have any advice or inspirational thoughts, just feelings — raw feelings of utter disappointment. It’s time for me to let them go. I’ve been holding on to them for the past...

I Insisted on Having an Elective C-Section

I declined the labor of childbirth. Or that's what my medical reasoning states as to why I chose a cesarean section, according to my obstetrician. It has bothered me since the day I saw...

I Severely Underestimated Motherhood

I'm a new mom to a beautiful baby boy who's just about to hit three months old. I've gotten into my mommy groove, but back in November . . . well, let's just say,...

A Letter to My Son on Veterans Day

To my sweet baby boy, There are so many things I don't know about you yet. You have yet to make your entrance into this world -- about three weeks to go. I don't know...

A Sweet Surprise from a Not-So-Traditional Life Puzzle

I live a pretty traditional life for a 32 year old. I work Monday through Friday. I have three dogs, one cat, and a baby on the way. Oh! And throw a husband in...

I Gave My Heart to the Dogs

There was a time in my life when I viewed dogs simply as pets. They were cute tail-waggers that are fun to pet and occasionally dress up. I had grown up with dogs, but...

Five Things I Didn’t Know About Pregnancy

There are some things that aren't well-known about pregnancy. This probably applies to first-time moms more so than veteran moms. It's not all cute, but I'm here to share the truth with the ladies...

I’m Not That Mom

I have a confession to make. I don't like to cuddle, snuggle, or hold hands. I'm not overly sensitive. In fact, I've been told I'm not sensitive enough by the opposite sex. This has...

You Can Find Me in the Gauntlet

It's official. I've been dropped off at the Step-Parenting Gauntlet against my will. All my naivety is out the door! Emotions have boiled over, feelings have made themselves very known, and I'm standing here...

I Finally Found My Rainbow

This is a short, but oh-so-sweet, post. I've posted about my previous miscarriages and shared a little about that journey. It's been upsetting, maddening, and downright sad at times. Sometimes you just need some...
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