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I'm the "Everything Baby" Contributor on Squidoo

Updated on August 12, 2014

I live, sleep and eat babies.

Okay- I don't really eat babies. Though I do tell mine that they're so cute I want to eat them on a cracker. The rest of it is true. My life is about my three babies. My dreams are about them too at least when my youngest actually allows me any sleep. My name is Melissa (melissamio) and I am the "Everything Baby" contributor on Squidoo. I am fortunate to be the Mommy to three perfect kiddos. Elle-5, Hudson-3, and Grant who was just born in January 2014. As a stay at home Mom I've lived and breathed babies literally night and day for almost the past 5 years. We're not done yet so I'll be in the thick of everything baby for years to come!

My first lessons in how to be a Mom came from my own awesome Mother. She's unfortunately not around today but I've held her example close to my heart. I strive to be just a fraction as good as she was and really I've been a Mom in training my whole life. I've always known being a Mom was how I wanted to spend my days.

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Three Reason's Why I Know about Babies

Photo taken by E.L. Hicks Photography

Reason #1- Elle

My first born was nicknamed Itsa while in utero because we wouldn't know what she was until the doctor said, it's a ... girl! She made quite an impact on her family immediately. Within minutes of meeting she had already gotten her Grandpa to promise her a car when she turned 16. Even more impressive she had turned me into a Mom. I had previously been a business owner who had the opportunity to work with my husband. We had lunch together every day, had several dates every week, went on vacations and in general lived a relatively easy and carefree life. Becoming a Mom meant I no longer went in to the office and no longer had lunch with my husband. Dates became few and far between. Vacations became stressful rather than fun and so soon dwindled. Life was no longer about me but about another human being. This might sound depressing but in fact it's not. My life now has a meaning and a vibrancy that I hadn't even realized it was lacking. My daughter is now almost 5 and my best friend.

Elle was by far my biggest learning curve. She's been a very easy preschooler and toddler however was a very difficult baby. She was colicky and clingy. It was very hard to go anywhere or do anything. I'm sure it was all extra hard because I was a rookie Mommy.

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Reason #2- Hudson

I was excited yet terrified when I found out I was having a son. I knew how to be a Mom to a little girl but what did I know about raising a boy into becoming a man? I think I was more nervous this time around than I was for my first. Yet it was all unfounded. Not only was his pregnancy an absolute breeze but he came out just about as easy of a baby as they come. I've realized both genders are equally easy. You just need to provide lots and lots of love, affection and unconditional acceptance.

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Reason #3- Grant

My third baby was my rainbow baby which is the first child born after a miscarriage. He was by far my hardest pregnancy which had me on bed rest for the end of my pregnancy. He taught me a lot about pregnancy and related complications. When he was born the hospital staff was calling him a miracle baby. He was a scheduled c-section because my previous two were c-sections. When they got in there he was breech, with the cord wrapped twice around his neck and amazingly my uterus had completely ruptured. Typically there's about an 18 minute window to get the baby out once a rupture occurs to save the life of Mom and baby. However they think the rupture had happened at least a week prior because there was no bleeding. He was just hanging out and we were both doing fine. They say there's no medical explanation for why we both weren't dead. Though he's only 1 month old as of my writing this, he's already taught me so much about hope, redemption, miracles and love.

Photo taken by E.L. Hicks Photography

As the Everything Baby Contributor on Squidoo I'd love to hear your feedback and hear what topics you'd like to learn more about. Questions, feedback or baby topics of interest are all welcomed!

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      You are clearly a wonderful mother who is doing Arab job of raising 3 happy little angels. They are beautiful! Great lens! My four month old son is my world and just hit a phase where pretty much all he does is blow raspberries and laugh! So cute!

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      Marianne Gardner 3 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      Your 3 kids are so precious, their baby photos are adorable. I am happy to hear of your miracle baby. I love miracle stories and happy endings. A story of hope and love, for sure. Congratulations on baby Grant, and your nice family. It is so freshening to hear your pro-baby attitude.

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      Davidthomas011 3 years ago

      I have been suffered with infertility for 6 years and ideas shared to me by infertility-cure-articles.com were really good. I would like to share.Hormonal Imbalance is one of the leading cause of female infertility. The womans inability to ovulate and regulate hormone levels cause a production of too much or too less of one particular hormone. This hormonal imbalance is manifested by symptoms that are easily detected allowing for treatment to begin as soon as possible. These symptoms include irregular menstrual cycles, excessive bleeding or very little bleeding, abdominal and pelvic cramps, absence of menstrual period for stretches of time and excessive weight gain and loss. The following can result in hormonal imbalances: Glandular problems like thyroid, pituitary and hypothalamus glands problems. These glands are the primary glands that are responsible in creation and production of reproductive hormones. They can be affected by birth-control pills intake, stress and diseases like hypothyroidism. Once problems are encountered in either of these glands, an imbalance will prevent complete ovulation process to take place, thus the difficulty in conception.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I think they found the right person for this job :) Your kids are so cute and congratuations on baby Grant.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I commend you for being so pro-life!

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      All I can say after reading this is, "Wow." Congratulations.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your children are beautiful and even though all 3 of my sons are now all grown up I look forward to following your niche. Everything Baby contributor sounds like it will be lots of fun. Congrats!

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      ColettaTeske 3 years ago

      Your babies are gorgeous. Congratulations on being selected the Everything Baby contributor. You're the perfect choice.

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Congrats on your beautiful kiddos and your new niche :)

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations melissamio on your new role as the "All Things Baby" Contributor and your 3 bundles of joy :)

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Thanks for sharing your darling baby pictures and why you love being a mommy!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      My baby producing years are long past, but now I look forward to great-grandbabies, and right now there are three more in process, which will make me greatgrandmother to 12! But I love your page and will be following your progress as the Everything Baby Contributor. :-D