As mentioned last week, I went and had our sweet Miss Camryn last Wednesday. She is beyond precious and although the chaos of life with four little boys and now a little girl has not ended, we are absolutely eating up our time with a cuddly, snuggly, sweet-smelling newborn.

Because I am spending eternal amounts of time parked on the couch feeding the babe and simultaneously attempting to read books and give the dudes their allotment of attention, I will be checked out of blogging – hit and miss here and there – for a bit. But I wanted to let you all know that while I may be a little slow in answering comments and questions, I am nothing if not prepared, and I worked around the clock before Camryn arrived to post recipes regularly for you – all of which are currently prescheduled and waiting in queue for your viewing pleasure. And I have to say there are some doozies coming up. So while I may be in and out of blogging for awhile, continue to enjoy the recipes that will be automatically posting and know I’ll be back in the saddle again soon.

But really, can you blame me for temporarily abandoning you for this?

Love your guts…all of you! Thanks for your support.

208 Responses to Baby, Baby!

  1. She is beautiful, Mel. I’m sure you are loving your time with your little girl. Enjoy!

  2. Kensi says:

    She is just perfect Mel!!!! Congrats!! Enjoy your snuggle time!

  3. Those cheeks! I can’t stand it!! She’s so cute! Congrats, again!

  4. Kim in MD says:

    Oh, Mel! Camryn is so beautiful! She has the sweetest little nose, and that hair! The photo of your son holding Camryn is precious. Thanks for working so hard during your pregnancy to ensure new posts after your baby was born. Enjoy every single minute with your baby girl and family!

  5. Wow, I’ve been a bit disconnected with bloggy-land myself ~ I hadn’t even realized that you were expecting! Congratulations; your little girl is absolutely precious. What a blessing. Enjoy your time with her!

  6. kandi victorino says:

    Enjoy every minute with that sweet baby, and don’t worry about us. We’ll be okay. :)

  7. Jessie says:

    She is precious!!! Love all her hair.

  8. Mame M says:

    She’s SO CUTE!!!!!! I love those chubby chubster cheeks!!

  9. Amy K says:

    Absolutely, can’t blame you one bit. She’s adorable! Congrats!

  10. Congratulations!! So precious and adorable! xoxo

  11. RC says:

    Congratulations! She is so beautiful! Enjoy your new little one!

  12. Deb says:

    What an amazing blessing, enjoy every last minute :)

  13. Natalie in Maryland says:

    Congratulations! Enjoy every minute.

  14. Charlotte Moore says:

    She is beautiful!!! So much hair! Just adorable!

    GOD BLESS!!!

  15. Barb says:

    Congratulations…
    Treasure each moment as time moves by so fast….

  16. melissa says:

    Super congrats Mel! So happy for you and your family! Let me know if you need anything. Love ur guts back!!

  17. Tracee says:

    Don’t blame you at all! Enjoy this most precious time! We brought Lilly home from China at six months. She was only 15 pounds and 24″, couldn’t sit up by herself, had only had formula, and couldn’t roll over…so she’s was our “newborn”. By the end of our first week in China, she was sitting up by herself and rolling over! She just needed a little attention and some core strengthening and she took off from there!

    Just post some pics now and then so we can get our baby fix!!

  18. Renee says:

    Congratulations! I can’t imagine doing all you do already without having a newborn. Bless you for doing it with a newborn too! Whew! Makes me worn out just thinking about it. Camryn is beautiful. She will have 4 protective brothers looking over her. I feel bad for her first boyfriend. ;-) Enjoy your time of rest…well I am sure you aren’t really resting, but you know what I mean. :)

  19. Betty says:

    Congratulations! Enjoy every minute.

  20. Shelley C says:

    She is indeed beautiful!!!! Love those frosted highlights in her hair. My oldest son has 4 boys and then their girl came…they were all just here for a week of visiting…my lap isn’t large enough for all the little ones gathered around for reading…this Oma loves reading! Had a granddaughter born two days ago too, so baby sat the two older brothers for the last few days….great Oma therapy!’

  21. JRodgers says:

    I have had my 5th child 7 months ago and your recipes have helped give me tons of dinner ideas at a time when my brain isn’t quite back to “normal”. Thank you for your hard work an congratulations to your whole family. It sounds like your family is enjoying her as much as mine is enjoying our Corinne!

  22. Leigh Anne says:

    What a doll! And those chubby cheeks…..just priceless! Enjoy your time and I’ll sure enjoy your upcoming posts! Take all the time you need….we will be here when ya’ get back :) Congrats!

  23. Rhonda says:

    Way to go!! Enjoy her, little girls are very sweet. Thanks
    for the pictures! She is so cute. Beautiful hair!!

  24. linda says:

    You are truly blessed! What a beautiful little girl with so many big brothers to love her and protect her. Enjoy this special time-it is all too fleeting when you look back.

  25. Melissa says:

    Congratulations! What a joy. Enjoy your precious time with your family. What a blessing!

  26. Patricia says:

    What a beautiful little doll! Congratulations to you all. Have so much fun with her because those babies are not there very long. Pretty soon she will be like a kitten and turn into a cat–a nice one, of course, but, still a cat. There is so little time between birth and 18. Enjoy every moment.

    Yesterday was my birthday. I spent part of it with one son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. It was so very sweet to have the five-year old want to sit on my lap and snuggle and say “I love you” and “Happy Birthday, Grammie!” a hundred times. I hope the same for you with your little family.

  27. twisterfish says:

    Beautiful baby! Congratulations!!!

  28. Martha says:

    What a beautiful baby girl. Enjoy!

  29. Lucy says:

    She is so very precious. Congratulations!

  30. keri says:

    Precious. Congrats Mel!

  31. Erin Gifford says:

    Congrats, Mel! She is beautiful! Warm wishes from the entire ZipList team!

    -Erin :)

  32. Melanie Miller says:

    She is precious and beautiful! Congrats! Thank you for working so hard beforehand for us, you are amazing.

  33. Diane Siniscalchi says:

    Congratulations on the birth of beautiful little Camryn! Enjoy every precious moment with your little ones!

  34. Ruchita says:

    Congrats! Your little girl is adorable.

  35. Teresa R. says:

    She is absolutely beautiful! That hair! Those cheeks! God bless you and your family.

  36. alicia says:

    Mel, you amaze me! Blessings to you and your gorgeous family!

  37. JaNae says:

    She is so precious! Congratulations!

  38. Melissa L. says:

    Congratulations! She is beautiful! I am just days away from delivering my own little bundle of joy. We’re having our first boy and my two girls couldn’t be more excited about his arrival (they are 11 & 7)!

  39. A Corb says:

    Congrats on the beautiful baby girl! Enjoy your well-diserved time off; and let those sweet boys of yours pamper you and shower your new little one with loves and kisses.

  40. toni says:

    She is just adorable!! I would be holding her all day while you can. They grow up so fast. Enjoy her and the time with the rest of your family. Congratulations!!

  41. Oh gosh, Mel! She’s beautiful! And perfect! And sweet!
    Take your time on that couch with that little bundle of joy! :)

    Congrats! :)

  42. Candy says:

    Congratulations – So many blessings! Make sure to take enough time to enjoy God’s little gifts…..cooking can always wait. Time flies by so fast with children- you don’t want to look back and regret choosing work over hugs and kisses. You will know when it is timeto come back to us in blogland…. Until then just snuggle and remember to take a little time for yourself.

  43. Cotton says:

    Whew! Bet you are happy that is done. Love the pics of the sweet baby with enough hair for every conceivable hair do dah ever made! lol

  44. Stephanie says:

    She is DARLING!!! Congrats!

  45. renee says:

    Oh my, you have such a gorgeous baby girl! I’m so happy for you and each one of those big brothers. Snuggle up and enjoy!

  46. Ashley says:

    Congrats Mel !!! She is darling

  47. Tina says:

    So happy for you.Dont mind us we can wait while you are having Mommy time.Its the best!Congratulations!

  48. Yvette says:

    A big congrats! She is gorgeous! Love the au-natural mohawk!

  49. grace says:

    what a doll! congrats on the little gal, mel, and i love your choice of name!

  50. Joyce says:

    She is beautiful! So glad you’re enjoying this special time. Congratulations!!

  51. Deborah says:

    She is adorable! Congratulations, Mel!

  52. sharlin says:

    she’s beautiful. congratulations and enjoy your time off!!

  53. momgateway says:

    What a wonderful blessing! Congratulations, my dear.

  54. The Farm Girl says:

    She is beautiful. Congrats to your family!! :)

  55. Melanie says:

    Congratulations! She is so precious- I just want to squish those little cheeks! Thank you for all of your fabulous recipes, and enjoy your time with your family.

  56. Jen M says:

    Congrats! She is a doll! Enjoy every last minute you have with her! Thanks so much for your awesome blog! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, this is my go-to blog for recipes. Seriously 90% of recipes I make that aren’t family ones are from this blog and it never fails when I take one of your recipes somewhere for others to eat that I have to send them your way ’cause they wanna know where I got it. You are the best!

  57. Bex says:

    Congratulations Mel and family, what a beautiful child. Lovely name, too. Thank you from all of us for your efforts here. Love your blog and recipes. Big (((hugs))) to you all.

  58. Sandi says:

    Holy crap. That is a cute newborn. You don’t find many of those!

  59. Holly says:

    Congrats! Enjoy the extra snuggling! All is right with the world when one is holding a sleeping baby. :-)

  60. Tami says:

    When I had my last baby I realized that dishes and laundry and errands and cooking and cleaning and homework and chaos are always there BUT a newborn is not. So enjoy her, put life on pause as long as you can and stick your lips into that newborn neck and kiss away. Oh those cheeks. We love your guts right back.

  61. tonya says:

    Precious. I am so happy for all of you!!!!

  62. Jo says:

    How very precious! Love her name and her hair! Thanks for thinking of us… don’t know what I’d do without your blog! Jo

  63. What a beautiful addition to your brood of boys! I bet they’re already so protective and adoring of her! Congratulations to you all!

  64. Jamie says:

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful!

  65. Congrats on the new arrival and I hope you enjoy every moment of your baby! She is adorable. Good luck balancing everything in your life for the next little while…

  66. Connie says:

    Congratulations!!!! She is gorgeous! Hope you get the chance to relax too! Rest when you can. Hugs to everyone! :)

  67. Stephanie says:

    Congratulations, Mel! She’s beautiful! Enjoy every minute, and take lots of pictures. We’ll all want to see her and her brothers when you get back. :)

  68. g says:

    Congrats, enjoy your time with the baby. She is adorable.

  69. She is absolutely adorable!! Go take the time to enjoy your family, we’ll be here when you get back :D

  70. Caroline Merrell says:

    congratulations!!! she is a beautiful baby! love all the dark hair!! hope you have a speedy recovery!

  71. Kathy says:

    Oh my, what an adorable little girl! Congratulations and don’t feel a bit guilty about taking a break from blogging – your precious family is the most important. Thanks for all you do for your audience and don’t worry, we’ll be here when you get back. Enjoy this time!!!!!

  72. Jill Zamojcin says:

    Mel, your daughter is beautiful!! Congratulations!!

  73. Kathy McRay says:

    Congratulations, she is beautiful.

  74. DEE says:

    Oh my!!!!!!! She is adorable! And I love how she fills the lap of her big brother!! :)

    You know…..it goes to show just how wonderful you are…for pre-scheduling recipes to come to us even when we would all understand WHY you’ve dropped off the face of the earth….but THANK YOU for doing that.

    I wish there was something we could do for you during this busy busy time from behind our computers…..after all….you’ve helped us all tremendously in our cooking lives!

    Just know that we are sending you lots and lots of strength and hugs to all your little ones.

  75. Shannon says:

    See if so beautiful. And yes, enjoy every second. You are a blessed family.

  76. Ruth says:

    Mel,
    This is the first time that I have written, but I just wanted you to know that my heart sings when I think of you and your husband with your adorable newborn baby girl and those precious little boys. May God bless each of you!!

    Also, thank you for all the wonderfully written recipes, detailed instructions, and pictures. I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoy each of them and how I look forward to each and every post!! I am always amazed at those, like you, who are so willing to share their favorite recipes and talents with all of us. Thank you, Mel.

  77. Karen Durfee says:

    She is beautiful. I have a girl too, you are so blessed.

  78. Monica says:

    Oh my goodness she is so adorable and squishy! You do good work. Enjoy those little newborn snuggles!

  79. Melanie C. says:

    what a blessing she is!!! enjoy your time, you know we will always be here!!

    boy, that little girl is one lucky duck, with FOUR little knights who are going to spend their lives protecting her!

  80. Congrats on wee Camryn! I adore the name (it was on our short list for Missy Moo). Take all the time you need. Those squishable cheeks are reason enough to take time off. :)

  81. Congrats! Every family needs atleast one little girl! My sister had 5 boys…and then gave up. I tell her every day she needs to try it one more time {I told her that with the last two…and they were both boys}. They will all make great missionaries on day! I have six little kiddos myself…one boy on each end and 4 girls in the middle. It will amaze you how different a little girl will be! I am excited for you!

  82. Krissy Thomas says:

    Beautiful! congratulations!!

  83. Rachel says:

    Hurrah!!! Congrats!! bring on the pink!!!!!! She is heaven!!

  84. Lorelei says:

    Congratulations on your little girl! You are truly a marvel. Caring for all those kids and a newborn and still looking after us to boot! And even if you don’t feel sometimes that everything you do is appreciated with the little ones, we certainly have appreciated all your help in helping to feed our families!!!

  85. ChrissieK says:

    I LOVE that you are abandoning us for such sweetness! I’m sure we will all survive :)

    Blessings to you and that darling girl. Welcome to parenting girls…… oh so different …… :)

  86. michelle says:

    CONGRATS, Mel!! She is a gorgeous addition to your family! And, it is never to early to start whispering your best recipes in her sweet little ears!

  87. Tanya says:

    Congratulations! She is beautiful. I know she’ll make a great sous-chef. Take care.

  88. amy says:

    Congratulations! She is beyond beautiful :). Enjoy these precious days with your sweet baby girl!

  89. Shannon says:

    SO glad you are taking a break! You need one! Congrats on your beautiful girl. Your dedication to this blog is an inspiration–I don’t know how you found the time to schedule recipes for your break. Thanks for all you do! Enjoy your beautiful new baby and time with your boys!

  90. Jenny says:

    You’re awesome.
    (and good job! your recipe for babies is TOPS)
    XO

  91. Rita says:

    What a true blessing! Enjoy your time with your family.

  92. Rosalee says:

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful!

  93. Valerie A. H. says:

    She’s so beautiful! Can I have her???? Many blessings to all of you! Take good care of yourself too!

  94. Barbi says:

    Congratulations, Mel (& fam)! She is so chunky and cute! And her hair! too precious. :)

  95. Jamy says:

    CONGRATS! She is soooo beautiful! I love the dark hair! You are amazing. I’ll leave it at that. ;)

  96. Patricia says:

    Welcome, Camryn to our little bit of the Universe! You will be sooooo loved and looked after with Mom, Dad and four big brothers around you constantly waiting on you for every command.
    Mel, enjoy all the moments you can with your new baby! We as blog watchers will be kept happy, I know.
    Blessings on all of you!

  97. Heather says:

    Melanie, she is perfect! Congratulations on having another sweet bundle of joy. She is just beautiful! Thanks for serving us all so much, too. You are wonderful!!

  98. Jennifer says:

    So, so sweet! Enjoy that time parked on the couch with your new babe. It passes so quickly. Congrats! (I usually leave your blog hungry. Today I have an intense need to find a newborn to snuggle.)

  99. Kate says:

    Really happy for you and your family! She is beautiful.

  100. She is so precious! Congratulations on your sweet baby girl. She’s going to have some great big brothers to protect her :)

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