Hi! I’m Melissa, but most people close to me call me Mellie. I’m a beginning runner, amateur photographer, Starbucks aficianodo and a full-time employee and commuter. I’m often shy and introspective around those I don’t know well, but I’m proud to say that I have been coming out of my shell since becoming a mother. I don’t sweat the small stuff, and I roll with the punches, but I often worry that I worry too much about things beyond my control .
I’m a working mother to my loves J (’09) and C (’11). My hubby is my partner in more ways than one; he gets the morning shift with the kids, and I get the evenings, due to our opposite work schedules. He offers optimism, when I’m afraid, and I heap on a dose of reality, if he isn’t afraid enough. We are learning and growing both as people, partners, and as parents, constantly. Our children were born with a rare, inherited, genetic disorder. This condition has caused our son to have multiple disabilities, but has not affected our daughter in the same way. We know life could change in an instant, especially in light of their rare diagnoses (which can cause neurological damage especially in the first six years), but instead of waiting for the other shoe to drop, we choose to enjoy each day as best as we possibly can in our new normal. Becoming a mother has made me a better person.
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