Say hello to Oskar

Life is pretty weird sometimes: For a moment you don’t understand why certain things happen at a certain time. At first you might think that it is a big disaster and it scares you to death. But looking back you understand and it all makes sense.


When we went to the hospital two weeks ago on Saturday morning at 6am we thought we could grab some rolls on our way back home a little later and have breakfast. Surely false alarm, it was still four weeks to go. But after the examination the midwife told us that my water had broken and that we will be parents not later than Monday. We were both speechless and very excited at the same time. Michael was dealing quite well with the situation, just the perfect product manager! I was in a state of confusion and fear. I thought that this should not happen and that we need more time to buy a changing table and that we don’t have a car seat yet (hilarious…). My whole pregnancy I tried not to make something special out of it. It was very important for me that my life wasn’t changing because of the pregnancy. And this is also why we decided to change our live completely, leave London, move back to Germany and realise our dream. I moved from flat to flat to get the most out of our time in London, I started a new job and went on a road trip through France being six months pregnant. I am not sure if it was easier for us to do it this way. We haven’t had lots of time to re-think our plans and to be scared of our new life including the baby, the winery and the countryside. This is why the last eight months went by so quickly and the pregnancy felt more like some secondary project which was easy to manage.

Life taught us a different lesson: After a long day and a tough night little Oskar was born on Sunday morning at 7.21 am. As he was four weeks early he was only 48 cm and his weight was 2590 g. A really tiny creature but healthy and with a strong heartbeat.


The last two weeks were tough for all of us. Oskar was too weak to drink, lost weight and suffered from jaundice. But at the end of last week his condition improved and we were allowed to go home.


Life taught us that it is worth to slow down and to take our time for someone/something you love. Things are a bit slow on the blog right now but the grapes need to grow – like our son – to become extraordinarily great. We hope you’ll understand.

scary look

Make them feel indestructible. Let them know they’re not made out of glass. Keep pushing themselves. Keep growing. This world needs people who feel alive. Lets raise em.


  6 Replies to “Say hello to Oskar”

  1. Adeline Manohar
    September 9, 2013 at 00:56

    Congrats Melanie! Glad you and Oskar are well and back home. I can see Michael’s facial expressions in that last pic.

  2. Max-Jacob Ost
    September 9, 2013 at 06:14

    All the best for the young family!

  3. meileenlong
    September 10, 2013 at 02:17

    That last picture has attitude! Hello Oskar:)

  4. Wiebke
    September 25, 2013 at 10:49

    Congratulation to both of you!! You have an adorable son and I appreciate your decision to take over the vineyard. The pictures looking amazing and I wish you all the best.
    PS: Thanks for the great handover Melanie. With the help of your notes and work everything is going well so far 🙂

  5. Marlene
    March 7, 2014 at 22:49

    Micha! Ich hatte ja keine Ahnung! Gratulation!!!! Ich freu mich soo sehr mit euch. ❤️❤️❤️

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