New Baby Visit

At Nod, we believe your home should be a celebration of family. We'll be featuring our Managing Director, Michelle, at home celebrating her own family with recipes, crafts and décor created by our friend Sweet Paul

I love babies, especially brand new babies.  They are so soft and small and always smell so sweet.  And there is nothing I love more than a newborn cry – it’s so sweet, especially when not heard at 3 am.  So how exciting that Emily and I were lucky enough to be invited, recently, to meet a dear friend’s new baby.  Having been a new mom 4 times, I have a keen insight into the responsibility of this visit; here are the requirements in my opinion:

  • Be as helpful as the new mom will allow – if she’s willing you should literally do her laundry, dishes, and let her take a shower while you watch the baby.
  • Offer to bring dinner and wine – in no way expect to be fed and or waited on.
  • Hold baby – mom needs a break.
  • Bring a reheat able meal, Emily and I brought a quiche for dinner the next night.
  • Bring mom a thoughtful gift and also big brother or sister, if applicable.
  • Of course bring a lovely gift for baby.
  • And under no circumstance, regardless of your relationship, should you overstay your welcome. 

Luckily for me, I had my partner in crime – Emily to help me in preparing for this visit.  This is the kind of thing we love to do together.  We shopped, we baked, we wrapped and embellished the gifts and then of course we got dressed.  The dressing is always a bit of a fashion show with the two of us – each trying on several outfits and accessories before deciding.  It’s all such fun and we had a lovely visit and hopefully gave my friend a little break and some much appreciated company during our visit.


By Michelle Kohanzo

Aside from being the Managing Director of The Land of Nod, mother to four kids (yes I said FOUR!) and a gourmet cook, Michelle is a retail junky. From Zara to Marc Jacobs, Target to Nordstroms, she doesn’t discriminate, there’s room in her heart and closet for them all. And the addiction doesn’t stop at fashion, she’s painted her dining room at least 5 times, and changes rugs like most women change their sheets. Retail isn’t therapy for Michelle, it’s more like oxygen.

  • Cara Livingston

    I have to know, was her gift the top on the bottom right picture? It looks adorable and would love to know where it’s from! Can’t wait to try to the quiche recipe!

  • Katie @ Nod

    It’s actually a robe from Anthropologie, doesn’t look like they have it anymore.

  • Amy

    You sure picked a winner for your May cover! Not!!! Kelle Hampton is the biggest ego maniac there is. Those poor kids can’t do anything without having a camera shoved in their faces. How can a mother REALLY enjoy the small things when she spends so many hours in the day staging and editing photos, posting photos to IG, policing IG, Twitter, blog and FB for negative comments and deleting. It’s exhausting just thinking about it. Her husband should throw her darn phone away!

  • Debbie

    will LON address the concerns raised in the may catalog post?

  • Dawn

    Omg! Give kelle a break! She hardly “sells her photos to the highest bidder”. She graciously allows the public into her private world and for that thousands of us are extremely grateful! I was able to silently watch and feel apart of what her family does day to day as my daughter was born with down syndome one year after Nella. Thanks to her I didn’t spend months in sadness I got to see very quickly that Down syndrome was such a blessing and I gained a ton of inspiration from her. And anyone who is a real photographer knows that it doesn’t take hours to take pictures and knows how to make it a fun thing for kids, my daughter loved the games we played while taking pictures and now loves learning how to be behind the camera as well, all those social medias take a few minutes to monitor, she easily enjoys the small things. Stop judging what you don’t know!