Oh Baby: Hayes Moon

Hayes Moon

Over a week past his due date, and in a way that I least expected, our baby boy finally arrived on October 2nd at 9:35pm. Hayes Moon Mehlhoff.

After he was born, we went back and forth on his name while we were in the hospital…and when we left he still didn’t have a name. Despite the dirty looks from the discharge nurse.

But a few days later we decided that he looked like a Hayes (loosely named after a neighborhood in San Francisco that we love…plus we just liked the name). And his middle name, Moon, is to honor our dog, Luna (Luna means moon), who passed away last year and was a really important part of our family before this little guy came along. Here are a bunch of other names that were on our shortlist.

Hayes Moon

So far, he’s a pretty chill little guy. We’re still learning his quirks, like how he grunts and makes funny noises when he eats, how he very much hates having his diaper changed, how at least 50% of the time singing to him will stop his cries, etc, etc.

And we’re still adjusting to what life is like with a newborn, which is admittedly MUCH more difficult than I was expecting. But every day is a little better than the last and we’re getting to a good place now that he’s two weeks old and we have him on more of a schedule. That said, if you have any tips for how to get through the newborn phase, I’m all ears! Please share because Jeff and I are just winging it over here.

Hayes Moon

Hayes Moon

Hayes Moon

Hayes Moon

Hayes Moon

Also, wanted to mention… You won’t see a big change around here while I take a little bit more time to figure out the whole parenthood thing.

In terms of content, it will be business as usual. I have a bunch of things lined up and ready to share already – two new makeovers for the 12 rooms in 12 months series, a handful of fall recipes, decor DIYs, and some fun Halloween stuff. So be sure to check back in for all of that. And I’ll be popping in on Instagram as usual too.

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He is adorable!!


He is beautiful and love the name, I’m originally from the bay area. Love that you included your fur baby’s name. Enjoy him while he is little, when he gets mobile your in a whole different ball game. Make sure your baby proofed now so when it happens your all set. Make sure you anchor your furniture to the walls. Mine tried to climb our dresser and it tipped over and was falling on him. I was there to help him but he remembers that day and he’s 18.


He’s a beautiful little guy! Congratulations!!




Congratulations! What a handsome baby boy.
My kiddos are 27 and 29 now. My first word of advice came to me from my mom with my first……
Remember, you control his life he does not control yours.
I know right now it doesn’t seem like it but you are in charge. 🙂 From getting a schedule set to making sure you get your rest too (its ok if the dishes don’t get done right away or you eat take out for a week solid…when the baby sleeps so do you for at least 2-4 weeks. Let a friend watch him while you nap….its ok)
My daughter was 2 weeks old when we took her to her first movie…..Field of Dreams. I needed out of the house and was breast feeding so….to this day I smirk because she loves going to the movies!

Secondly, remember this too shall pass. He won’t cry everytime he gets his diaper changed for the rest of his life. I promise! 😉

And 3rd, your marriage is the foundation to your parenting. Make sure to keep that foundation strong. (See #1 for advice on that!)
Congrats again and enjoy this wonderful gift from God!

Janice Harrison

Congratulations, he’s a beautiful baby and I love his name. The emotional roller coaster you’re on is normal. You and your husband will do fine. Think of it as an adventure. Something new every day!


Right there with you Sandra. That’s exactly what we wanted to do as well..get to know him before deciding on a name. ♥️


I’m glad to hear that we weren’t the only ones to bring a child home from the hospital without a name! We thought we needed to get to know Larissa first…


Thank you Steph! It feels good to finally have a decision on his name. It almost feels crazy how long it took us to figure out. And even then, we still second guessed it a little. But his SSN card came in the mail the other day and seeing it written all official like that made me smile. I think we have a winner. 🤞


Wow he’s beautiful! And i love his name!


Thanks so much Summer! We’re doing our best to soak it all in… the good with the not so good. The not so good mainly being the lack of sleep. 🙂


He’s beautiful. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing the pictures. Such an amazing experience, those first few weeks. Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!


Thanks Caroline! I love that one of him too. Makes me laugh.


What a sweet baby! I love the picture of him tossing deuces. He definitely has that “chill little dude” vibe about him.
x0x0 Caro


Think so, Rachel? I literally cannot tell at all if he looks more like me or Jeff. I’m so bad at that.


Congrats Brittni, he is SO precious!!! He already looks so much like you. 🙂

Rachel B.

Can’t wait for you to meet him. 🙂


I just love him so so much!

Ashley Rose

Thanks so much Andrea. I think so too. 🙂


Congrats!! He is a beautiful baby!!

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