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Are you there, Readers? It's me...

I miss ya'll.

I think about you a ton.
 I wonder what you're up to, how your bumps and brand new babies are, if you are loving that new paint color in your living room, if your Etsy shop is doing well and how the Terrible Twos are treating you. 

Every day I think of this little corner of the world that I've created and the people who keep it afloat. 

But here's the thing: I made this precious baby and I am deeply in love with him.

 I watch his monitor at night to make sure he's breathing and wash his bottles all day long to make sure his favorite ones are ready for his next snack. Before I know it, another day has passed and I haven't found or made one minute to sit down with my laptop and tell ya'll all of the things that I've been dying to tell you.  

And secretly, I'm having a bit of an identity crisis. I love being Gray's mom but I also love being Stephanie of Newlyweds:North. I think one day soon I could be both of those things but it will take some changes and decisions on my part. I wrestle with sharing so many details or photos of Gray's life when I can't ask him how he feels about the whole thing. I worry that showing his sweet little face or the date of his birth may put him at risk. I worry that my thoughts or opinions on surviving this whole parenting thing will start a debate about Stay At Home Moms vs Working Moms or breast feeding vs bottle feeding (all of those things are wonderful in my opinion, but you know, bitches be crazy and all that).  

I've struggled with it all so much that for a while I thought that I might just call it a wrap on the whole blogging thing. I made a cute little send off picture and thought about what I might say to ya'll about closing down the blog. You know, the usual excuses: blogging takes a ton of time (it really does), I can just Instagram and still be connected with everyone, I don't get much sleep etc. And then I got sad. Sad that I might miss ya'll too much or not get to tell you about my sleepless nights or how big my feet are almost two months after delivery (seriously, I've had to buy new shoes). 
Sad that I wouldn't have the opportunity to document this new adventure in our lives. 

So, I couldn't do it. 

I can't commit to shutting down the blog just yet....

but I'm not quite ready to be back.

Will you be patient with me while I figure it all out? 

Love you, mean it. 

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  1. take all the time you need, but hope you'll be back to show pics of the cute little one! It seems all the bloggers I read are signing off. I think it's the rude comments mostly. Please don't go:)

  2. Take all the time you need, sweet mama. We've got your back!!! xx

  3. I was so happy to see a post from you today, I've been meaning to email to see how y'all are doing! All these pictures are so precious and it looks like things are going really well for you - I'm so happy for you guys! I completely understand the struggle you're having with blogging, and I know it's something I'll probably have to deal w/ here in a few months. Cam is not wild about me sharing a ton of photos of our baby on the blog, and I know that I'll have way less time once baby boy is here...but I do love writing my blog, and I love reading other people's blogs, yours included! I completely understand whatever way you decide :)

  4. Take your time and find your footing! But hurry back :)

  5. Love your photos with your little man! So sweet :) I can totally understand the struggle with sharing photos and your new mama experiences, I think I will be the same way! Do whatever you are most comfortable with, you don't owe anyone explanations. That's your precious baby and you have to focus on him and your family first!

  6. We will be here!! So happy you are doing well!!

  7. Take your time we are still here and your baby my gosh he's a beauty

  8. aww he is SO CUTE! take your time deciding! im sure being a new mama and blogging (and deciding what to share, and what to keep private IS a huge decision!) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  9. Of course :) The blogging world will be ready to talk with you when little baby Gray gets more settled!

  10. We'll be here! Enjoy these precious moments with little Gray. <3

  11. We will be here when you find the time!!! Enjoy your new baby and this new chapter in your life!! Mommyhood looks amazing on you!!!

  12. Readers won't be going anywhere! Enjoy your new role as mom and savor up every little moment!!!

  13. is official now. You are a mama blogger! That's what I am sure we all struggled with when baby was born. Take all the time you need. Your family comes first... documenting will come later when you have some time and a new routine.

  14. We will be here, awaiting your return! Soak up that yummy baby smell and get in all the snuggles you can. This new mama thing is hard!

  15. He's adorable and you look amazing!!! I struggled a little bit with will I EVER be back to my old self, especially being a mom of two. I could barely stay awake let alone find time to read blogs or write a post. Selfishly I hope you keep blogging, but I know how great it is to just stare at that sweet little baby:)

  16. You look amazing and he is so adorable. I don't have babies, but I can totally understand how difficult it would be to be super woman and a blogger. Take your time and enjoy that sweet babe and we'll all be here when you are ready to come back or check in from time to time. :)

  17. Wonderfully said! I think about all those things on a daily basis! Would love to see you back...take your time! :-)


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