Baby Mama of the Week: Melisa Russo of the lil bee

April Peveteaux
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Photo from the lil bee
You'll get addicted to the fabulous fashion finds Melisa inundates us with on the lil bee; but you'll fall in love with her own lil bee, five-month-old Devon. How Melisa finds time to delve into design with this chunk of adorableness in her home is beyond me, but she does it with verve and just the right sprinkling of baby talk.

Meet our Baby Mama of the Week, Melisa Russo of the lil bee; the website that just convinced me to blow my next paycheck on Anthropologie wallpaper and tees.

Name one thing about you that would surprise your readers.

I run a fashion iPhone app and website called Feather Report, but spend my days working from home in straight-leg sweats and zip-up hoodies; most of which have a spot or two of spit-up on them.  

What is your proudest parenting moment?

I had the hardest time breastfeeding, like many women do, but was determined to do so for my daughter. Finally, after four weeks of pumping ten times a day, (and feeling like a cow) I got the baby to latch on. Once she got the hang of it, she preferred breastfeeding to bottles. I don't think people prepare you for how hard it can be to breastfeed. For me, it was as difficult as childbirth, but so worth it.

What's your secret coping mechanism?

Reality TV and wine.

When your baby is old enough to Google, which blog post are you most afraid of her reading?

Probably any of the ones that involve her mother dancing on tables. Exhibits A + B.

What is the best piece of parenting advice you can give?

Learn to compartmentalize your time and your attention. I work from home and watch my daughter, so it can be a challenge to really give my full attention to anything. And that just leaves you feeling drained and a bit guilty. My solution is to focus on being present as much as possible.

I take Devon on lots of walks when we're together and take tons of photos. When my husband comes home from work, or on the days I have someone to watch her, that's when I turn my attention to work, my blogs, etc.


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