June 28, 2010 04:00 PM

America’s Best Dance Crew co-host Layla Kayleigh is letting readers follow along as she tackles first-time motherhood — daughter Melody Rain is now 7½ months old. Read her latest blog — and see some exclusive photos — in the extended post!

Courtesy Layla Kayleigh

I have to apologize in advance if I start to sound like a broken record, but I can’t believe how fast motherhood is flying by! It seems like just yesterday we waved goodbye to our amazing nurses and my extraordinary doctor Jay Goldberg and put Melody in the car seat to bring her home from Cedars-Sinai.

I remember getting home and looking at Steven, terrified and so happy at the same time, as if to say, “What do we do now?!” I’m sure all the moms and mothers-to-be know, no one gives you a manual! People can give you all the advice in the world but every baby is different. Nothing can truly prepare you for motherhood … like motherhood!

Courtesy Layla Kayleigh

I guess what I’m getting at is that I’m having crazy nostalgia. I remember sitting there looking at Melody when she was only a few weeks old thinking, “I can’t wait until she can talk, I can’t wait until I see her little personality shine through…” I can’t wait ’til this or can’t wait ’til that. It’s almost as if I was appreciating her in the moment, but at the same time looking ahead out of the sheer excitement of wanting to get to know her better.

Now Melody is almost eight months old, and she is making sounds with her mouth like, “Mammmma mmaaamma!” (She’s not talking about me, that’s just what she says about everything she likes!) She’s moving around, rolling, almost crawling but not quite. She loves her little baby foods…

Courtesy Layla Kayleigh

It’s so cool getting to know her — I fall more in love with her as each day passes. Yet it’s also bittersweet, because when she was little I was just imagining what it would be like, fast forwarding in my mind to now. I can’t believe I was rushing that time — even if it was out of curiosity and excitement — because those little moments pass so quickly.

What I’m trying to say is that I’m learning to take in the here and now and not rush myself along, because Melody will never be one month old or five months old or eight months old again! I’m learning to cherish every single second because as exciting as what’s to come is, these very moments and milestones are equally exciting. It’s so cliché, but I really understand the phrase, “Life is a journey not a destination. Enjoy the ride” and it couldn’t ring more true for me than now.

You’d think I’d be Melody’s teacher on life, but without her knowing it, she’s been mine!

Courtesy Layla Kayleigh

Here are some pictures of us from the weekend — Farm Fresh To You is an awesome delivery service we use for organic fruits and veggies and they had an event at Stehly Farm Organics. They invited their customers to come and pick fresh blackberries, oranges and other delicious treats.

We spent the day at this beautiful farm picking fresh fruit and laughing. It was such a gorgeous day and a big shout out to Noel who owns the farm for being so warm and welcoming! Melody loved being carried around on Daddy’s back — you should see her, she acts like she’s the Queen of England in her little Kokopax!

Courtesy Layla Kayleigh

Thank you for listening to me share my thoughts with you. I’d love to hear your experiences with motherhood, and for those that aren’t mommies yet, I love hearing your thoughts too. 🙂

Much love,

— Layla Kayleigh

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