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It’s baby month. ::dancing girl in red dress emoticon::

I’m scheduled for a repeat c-section on 2/12 unless this baby comes early. My husband is convinced that will happen, but I’m not. Either way I thought it might be a good idea to give you a heads up for what I imagine is going to go down here on TSTB for the time being.

First of all, if you are a daily reader, a weekly reader, a once a month reader, or if you aren’t really sure how you clicked onto this blog a moment ago–thank you. Readers make this blog a million times more rewarding and you simply cannot imagine how grateful I amΒ that you take the time to check in here from time to time.

I’m going to take a brief maternity leave. How long? I’m not exactly sure. Right now I’m thinking about taking a month. I’ll keep you updatedΒ of any changes to that timeline as I know/discover them.

I pretty much jumped right back into blogging after I had David, and I wish I would have taken a bit more time. Like, an extra week or something. But, the whole newborn thing was so dramatic and new that I found myself craving familiarity–and that meant blogging.

I’m curious about what it’s going to be like meeting this next little baby! Will it feel completely new, or will I be taken right back to just over a year ago when I held David for the first time? I can’t wait to find out.

Anyway, back to the whole point of this post:

I spent someΒ time pre-creating a few blog posts to fill the silence here while I’m off changing diapers and soaking up my kids. KID-S! I have some fun collaborations coming up this month too that are pre-scheduled so keep your eyes out for those!

I’m sure I’ll be sharing peeks into my day over on Instagram, but that may be the only form of social media I stay rather active on after the 12th.

SO, if you follow through Facebook or Twitter, you may not see me for a bit. Well you mightΒ see me on twitter because when “one-liners” hit me I always use twitter to get them out into the world. I like using BlogLovin’ for following the blogs I like to read, you can find more info about that here.

In other news, I thought I would address some random questions that I’ve gotten from a few readers:

1. What ever happened to your capsule wardrobe?

Well, while I did pretty much wear what I said I was going to, I just wasn’t consistent enough with taking outfit photos. Also, in all sincerity, I feel enormous so outfit photos weren’t at the top of my list.

2. I haven’t seen a Birchbox post in awhile, are you still subscribed?

Yes, I am! But lately the boxes have left much to be desired. For the first time EVER I’m considering whether or not I want to stay subscribed.

 

Alright, that’s enough housekeeping for one post! Have a great tuesday!

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Teri says · 02.03.15

Thank you for letting us know! Best wishes for a smooth delivery! Congratulations!

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Caroline says · 02.03.15

yay for baby! I’m so excited to find out whether baby is a boy or girl!! Prayers that your section goes smoothly! My planned c was a million times easier than my unplanned and since you had such a great first you should fly through!!

I cancelled my birchbox this month after over a year of subscribing. I’d love to go back but it just wasn’t cutting it for me. I love the points, so I’m not sure how long I can go– but for now I’m pocketing the extra $.

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Lynette says · 02.03.15

Thanks for the update. Praying for you and your family as you begin this new exciting chapter in your life. Enjoy the time with your little ones – it goes so FAST. Mine are 23 and 20 now. Family: One of God’s greatest blessings.

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Chelsey says · 02.03.15

Congratulations! Enjoy this time with your little ones! I have two who are 12.5 months apart and those first weeks home with them both was such a special time.

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Courtney says · 02.03.15

Congratulations! Take the time that you need – taking care of yourself and your family is always most important. Can’t wait to meet the new little one.

I never had a Birchbox that I liked unfortunately. I kept it for about 6 months but finally cancelled. It was just a waste of money, although I’m open to trying it again at some point.

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Anna says · 02.03.15

So exciting..!! I can’t wait to find out if you’re going to have a boy or a girl!!! Congratulations and best wishes!!!

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Valerie B. says · 02.03.15

So glad you are taking some time after Baby #2 comes! Life with two kids is not for the faint of heart. πŸ™‚ The first six months feel like you’re in the trenches, but it feels much more natural and fun once your family gets adjusted. Congratulations on this precious little one and enjoy your time away – it will go so quickly! We will be patiently and excitedly waiting for updates!

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Susan Wright says · 02.03.15

So excited for you ! Your birth experience will probably seem new all over again, except you will have your experience with David to fall back on and you will get in the groove pretty fast. As a mother of 2 in 13 months, I know I did. Enjoy and savor every moment ! God Bless ~

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Sherry says · 02.03.15

A daily reader here ….. praying for everything to go smoothly and looking forward to seeing your new baby. I thought I loved your blog before you had David, but I am finding that having incorporated your “life” into the blog more makes me enjoy it even more. Will be on the lookout for news on Instagram about the new addition.

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Damaris says · 02.03.15

Praying for a smooth delivery and a healthy baby!

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Kara Zajac says · 02.03.15

Best of luck to you. I have a little girl that will be five on 2/10. Hard to believe it goes by so fast. A dinner of eggplant Parmesan should help that baby come out early!

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Kristy E says · 02.03.15

the second one will be so cool – trust me, you’re nervous (as was i, when i had my second baby 16 months after my first) but since you feel so much more confident and in-the-know about what is coming, it seems so much easier, effortless, and fun! it’s not as hard as you think it will be – and the only people who scare you by saying how hard it will be are people with kids FURTHER apart…ever notice that? people with kids close always say it’s going to be just fine! good luck! it will be great.

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Debbie m says · 02.03.15

Best wishes for your family. I really enjoy your blog and will be here waiting til you get back. I have Irish twins, 10 1/2 months apart and those days of two little ones were some of the best of my life. Enjoy!

ps. my waves looked awesome yesterday and I love the Soap and Glory buttercream.

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Brenna says · 02.03.15

I have been with you on the birch boxes lately. I used to love getting them, but lately they have not been all that great. Good luck with your baby! I am a sporadic reader and mother of one boy myself and can’t wait to see what two is like πŸ™‚ Best of luck and thank you for blogging about hair, make up and life.

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Jo Ann says · 02.03.15

I am an older reader of your blog (54) and I read it every day. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! I enjoy hearing about David and your new baby to come! I have two granddaughters that I love to pieces. You will only have this time once in your life so take time to enjoy it. God Bless you and your family.

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Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort says · 02.03.15

Enjoy your time with your babies!

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Tricia says · 02.03.15

Happy Labor Day! Can’t wait to see if it’s a boy or girl!

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Angela says · 02.03.15

I have been following you for a while now (geez that sounds a bit creepy) and I always look forward to reading your posts. Your hair tutorials are amazing and I love reading your stories about David. The amount of time and consideration you put into everything you do never goes unnoticed. Good luck Kate!
Sending you warm (although it’s very cold) wishes from Canada!
http://palsywalsyblog.blogspot.ca/

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Brittney says · 02.03.15

I’m a daily reader. I love getting the email notifications. Congratulations on your beautiful and growing family! I’m with some of the other commentors: I can’t wait to know if it’s a boy or a girl!

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Leann says · 02.03.15

Two kids is WAY different then one, it’s a whole new way to do and juggle everything. Take as much time as you need, just make sure to let us know how everything went and the new babies sats and name. Good Luck, congratulations.

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Sarah says · 02.03.15

I subscribed to BIrchBox and Ipsy at the same time.. Everyone always raved about BIrchBox.. I did not see the draw. I cancelled last month.. Just boring stuff. Going to keep Ipsy for another month or two.

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Sheryl says · 02.03.15

Prayers for a smooth delivery and for all to be healthy !!
Enjoy your time with your babies, because before you know it they will be gone and have a family of their own. I so enjoy reading your blog !!!

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valerie says · 02.03.15

Best wishes on however you end up delivering your bundle of joy. I feel you on the Birchbox thing. I subscribed for about 2yrs before I realized I had a tremendous number of miniature products I didn’t care for. Admittedly, I do miss getting that little present in the mail each month. Maybe I should subscribe to something new.

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Shannon says · 02.03.15

Best of luck! I had 2 c-sections as well and going from 1 to 2 kids was hard for us, but of course a wonderful blessing. Take as much time as you need for you and your family! Enjoy it all and know that it does get easier! πŸ™‚

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Tiffany H says · 02.03.15

I have two kids as close together as yours are – you will be so glad you took time “off” (I mean you won’t be resting… haha) to get your bearings. It is so fun having too so close together, but the first few months are just crazy. Fun, stressful, amazing, but CRAZY. ha! … This is supposed to be encouraging, so sorry if it isn’t! I think you will do so great with two. Just remember that when they are 3 and 4 like mine are now IT WILL BE THE BEST DECISION EVER MADE to have them close together. PS- my 4 year old was born Feb 12! It is such a fun birthday because it is parties for her bday and Valentine’s day all in the same week! πŸ™‚

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Tiffany H says · 02.03.15

*two so close together. Mercy. See, having TWO close together does make your brain a little crazy. haha

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Beth says · 02.03.15

I was NOT impressed with my january Birchbox at all πŸ™

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Audra says · 02.03.15

I am a daily reader and I don’t blame you one bit for taking some time off, but I can’t wait to see the gender of this baby! Prayers for a smooth transition for David and for you during your section!!

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Lindy says · 02.03.15

I recently started getting Birchbox (Christmas present). I’ve gotten 2 boxes so far. I’m curious — how so were they better in the past, or not as good now?

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Beth says · 02.03.15

I was REALLY disappointed with my January box :(. I feel like they are sending me things that don’t match up with my personal profile, & they sent me another bottle of nail polish that I hated the first time & wrote a terrible review the first time. If this continues, I will have to cancel. *sniff*

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Elizabeth says · 02.03.15

Congratulations – you are almost there! I got Birchbox for a while before I started reading you. I watched some unboxing and comparison videos with other services because most of my boxes had nothing of a usable size – just some samples like I might get walking through a department store or Sephora and asking for them and some coupons, maybe a small foil pack to try something. I’m currently getting Ipsy because part of their business plan was to not include any foil packet-type samples, but only usable amounts. It has been nearly a year and the products have been good and the surprises each month are fun, but like another commenter I’ve found I’m actually getting backed up on little products – I can’t use them all fast enough. So, my new preference is to order what I really want from Sephora online, and then I can pick the samples and fun rewards that I want. Their program is really exceptional, I think. I don’t do Ulta, though, because I want to max my rewards by sticking with one seller.

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Jody B. says · 02.03.15

You’ll need double the time off because you’ll have double the children to love on. Enjoy them.

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Jennifer says · 02.03.15

I wish you a smooth and safe delivery of your little bundle and a very smooth recovery!! I’m sure I’m not the only one but… take the time you need to be a mommy (that’s what really matters) all of your readers will be here when you return!

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Kim says · 02.03.15

Good luck with your second baby! It’s totally understandable to take some time off! And I’m with you on birch box.. I actually signed up for Ipsy to start this month so I can take a little comparison and decide what to stick with!

Kim
http://trendkeeper.me .. Why I blog and defining it!

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lilly says · 02.03.15

daily reader here, love all the good tips and ideas you share with us and the world! will pray for a smooth and easy delivery. looks like you have it under control, but don’t hesitate to give back the controls to the one above, when needed πŸ™‚ congrats and can’t wait to meet your newest bundle of joy!

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Teresa Kaufhold says · 02.03.15

Although I just discovered your blog recently, I so enjoy it and I wish you an easy
delivery and recovery and a healthy, happy baby! I look forward to your return!
Congrats and best wishes!

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ClaireBear says · 02.03.15

I had birchbox for over a year and last month ago cancelled it. I was really tired of getting a new black eyeliner in every single box. I don’t even wear black eyeliner that often, I wear brown. I was tired of perfume samples and products that didn’t really pertain to me-like facial peels (I have sensitive skin). I am thankful that birchbox introduced me to Miss Jessies curly hair products because they are da bomb. So I’m taking a break from boxes for awhile-spending my money on Lou and Grey clothes instead!

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Lynette McReynolds says · 02.03.15

Best wishes as you welcome baby no. 2. May God bless you with a safe delivery and healthy baby. πŸ™‚
Wanted to say I’m feeling the same way about Birchbox. Have only been a subscriber for almost 2 years and won’t be renewing.

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Krista says · 02.03.15

So excited for you! Can’t wait to see your new little one!

http://www.kristajacobs.blogspot.com

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Desirae says · 02.03.15

Congratulations on your upcoming arrival of your little one! I’m also a daily readier, I will miss you lots while you’re enjoying your family time! My first is the same age as David, so this has truly been so fun seeing the similarities between our two! Cannot wait to see if your #2 is a boy or a girl! Prayers for a smooth delivery, enjoy this very special time for your family!

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Alicia says · 02.03.15

I look forward to keeping up with your daily peeks on Instagram and when the blog posts return. It’s completely understandable that you need some maternity leave time! Every other job has it, right?! Enjoy your sweet babies and this precious family time!

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Laura H. says · 02.03.15

I’ve been hearing more and more people unhappy with Birchbox. I personally subscribe to Ipsy and have yet to be let down. Their website leaves a bit to be desired as it has a lot of bugs in its infancy but it’s what’s in my bag each month that counts right..?
Congrats on Baby #2 and enjoy your time with your babies.

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Shyanna says · 02.03.15

I have been a daily reader for several years and although I will miss your daily posts I am SO excited for you! It seems like just yesterday I was reading your post about having problems getting pregnant and now you are getting ready to hold baby #2 in your arms! Isn’t God wonderful?

I am praying for a safe delivery and good health for your family. Can’t wait to know if it is a boy or girl!! I am constantly checking Instagram to see if there are any new pics of David!! That baby is so stinkin cute!! I am so curious to see what David thinks of this new baby!!

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Shyanna says · 02.03.15

I also meant to say I have been disappointed with Birchbox as well. I am SO SICK of getting bright red lipstick every month! Ugh. And those tiny little foil packages of shampoo and conditioner are more trouble than they are worth. It seems like a lot of people are really disappointed with BB lately. I am going to give it a couple of more months and if it hasn’t gotten better will probably cancel.

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Angela says · 02.03.15

So happy that you’re taking the time off! I’m a daily reader and a mother of two, so I understand where you’re coming from. It will be another adjustment period, but it will be so much fun πŸ™‚ Thanks for keeping us in the loop. Best wishes for patience and lots of sleep in the coming weeks!

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SallyHP says · 02.03.15

im so glad you’re taking some time! I can’t wait to see the new babe on ig. I hope your section goes as smoothly as the first, and that you heal quickly.

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Lesly Iglesias says · 02.03.15

Kate! BEST OF LUCK! We will mis you but of course we understand that you will need time to re-adjust! I can’t wait to find out whether it is a boy or a girl. Take care and we will be waiting for you!

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Stacy says · 02.03.15

Take your time and enjoy being a mother of two! Looking forward to learning more about David and baby #2 in the coming months. Blessings!

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Tyana says · 02.03.15

good luck girl

check out my newest post
xx
Tyana
theluxedition.blogspot.com

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Justine Brickner says · 02.03.15

Congrats on baby #2, can’t wait to hear/see him/her! So exciting! Enjoy your time off, you need it!
I too have felt about canceling my subscription to Birchbox, too many bottles of things I don’t use!

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Sam says · 02.03.15

We’ll be here when you get back! Congrats on #2 and hope everything goes as smoothly as can be

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Nelie regala says · 02.03.15

Enjoy your last week of being pregnant! I loved being pregnant! Going from one child to two is the busiest you will be, but it’s joyful and a blessing. Just remember, it does get better, and you will get more than 2 hours of straight sleep…eventually!
Good luck on your delivery and we will miss you while you are enjoying mommy hood!

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Krissy says · 02.03.15

God bless you and your new baby! I found your site after my baby was born at just the time I was needing uplifting. Your tutorials and fashion advice gave me a spark back and I look forward to your posts often. But what I really appreciate is your honesty and how you don’t push beauty and fashion as something that makes you better, but that simply enriches your life. Thanks for brightening my days!

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Kyla Fetzner says · 02.03.15

Praying for you Kate as you prepare for the birth of precious baby #2 and the rest that will hopefully follow πŸ™‚

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Jennifer says · 02.03.15

Best of luck! Having your kids so close together will be awesome! My two boys are 2 years apart and are the best of friends!

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Sara H. says · 02.03.15

Enjoy maternity leave for as long as you can because those days with your baby are so precious. On another note, I recently felt the same way about Birchbox, and after an unsatisfying December box I decided to start my new year without Birchbox.

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Sew Create It - Jane says · 02.03.15

Best wishes for a smooth delivery and safe arrival of the little one.

It’s lovely that you are thanking us, your readers, but let me be the one to return that thanks. Thanks to you I’ve mastered the messy bun…or as I keep mis-saying, the “mussy” bun, and have learned more about the basics in makeup. I guess what they say it true..you can teach an old dog new tricks. Enjoy your break and we will see you when you are ready!

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Robyn says · 02.03.15

Congratulations! Been reading your blog for a while and love your humor and posts. Enjoy your break and we’ll see you when you get back! I’m rooting for the 12th…. your baby and I would share a birthday! Oh and Abraham Lincoln!
Wishing you all a safe, healthy baby and birth!
Take care.

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Clever Girl Reviews says · 02.03.15

I’ve hear similar complaints about Birchbox!

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Clever Girl Reviews says · 02.03.15

*Heard* that is!

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Stephanie Eva says · 02.03.15

How exciting!! February 11th is my birthday, perhaps baby will decide to come a day early.. It’s a great day to be born… LOL. Congratulations on your beautiful family!! I hope you enjoy your time off.

Much Love,
-Stephanie Eva
http://www.stephanieheva.blogspot.com

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Brittany Fry says · 02.03.15

Yay for baby month!!!! SO SO EXCITING!!!
Good luck and enjoy your babies πŸ™‚

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Nilda says · 02.03.15

Best wishes on 2/12!! Take all the time you need, we’ll wait… Congratulations!!

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Sissi says · 02.03.15

Thank you for the update and I hope everything goes well!Kisses darling, Sissi http://www.beauty4free2u.com

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meagan says · 02.03.15

Can’t wait to see photos of your new baby!
-Meg
http://www.smalltownsisters.blogspot.com

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Arijana says · 02.03.15

I am so anxious to find out if its a boy or girl! πŸ™‚

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Katy E says · 02.03.15

Hope everything goes well with Baby #2!!! February 12 is a good day, that is my husband’s birthday. Enjoy your time with family and adjusting to 2 kids. My recovery from number 2 was a lot quicker so hope yours is the same. I really enjoy your blog and have learned so much. Thank you!

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Jamie says · 02.03.15

I have switched from Birchbox to Ipsy and I really like it! I actually kept Birchbox to compare the samples but I have just found that I’ve liked Ipsy so much more!

xo,
Jamie
http://www.skippinguptoboston.com

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Breanna C. says · 02.03.15

I have been a faithful reader since 2011 and I recommend you to EVERYONE. I got into your blog right after I got married. I got into a bit of depression after I got married (can a person who has never had a baby get postpartum?). Everything in my life changed at once: I moved, got married, switched jobs multiple times, switched churches, plus got really sick. Although many of the changes were good ones, I had a hard time because NOTHING felt familiar. Your blog became my constant. I would check it everyday. Thank you for being so great to all of your readers. Thank you for being a sister on the other side of the screen. Congrats on your growing family and all of your fun changes coming your way. I have since learned to cope better with change, but know it can be tough finding a new normal. Praying for you and your family to fully embrace the crazy beautiful of this new season.

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Veronica says · 02.03.15

Kate I’ve only discovered your blog a few weeks ago, and it has been great seeing all your tutorial and reading your blog!!! You will see that the 2 baby is as beautiful as the 1 one. We are scared that we might have not enough love.. But you will see. It is hard to deal with 2 but you will sort it out!!! My girls are now 9 and 6 and enjoy the break as time flights!! We will be here like the song.. Waiting for you… Be blessed… Embrace the love and enjoy the time with the kids… All the best and see you soon… Love from France !!!

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Lori says · 02.03.15

Enjoy your time with your new little one, you deserve it! Congratulations!! You mentioned you’re thinking of ending your birchbox subscription. Is there another company you like more? I’ve heard good things about Ipsy but haven’t done much research yet.

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Janice says · 02.03.15

Just wanted to say… I just happened upon your blog and I’m already addicted! Good luck with your baby and have a wonderful maternity leave πŸ™‚ Looking forward to continuing to read your blog.

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Chelsea says · 02.03.15

Wishing you a safe delivery and a wonderful first month with your new baby πŸ™‚ I’ll be keeping you and your beautiful family in my prayers!

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Jenny says · 02.03.15

I love reading your blog posts- so informative and simple to follow along. You have made my life easier when it comes to styling hair. I think taking maternity leave for a month or 2, or however long you feel you need, really needs no explanation (as I think you’re doing the right thing)! But thank you for the heads up, and I sincerely hope you have one of the happiest days of your life when your new baby arrives!
xx
Jenny // Mish Mosh Makeup

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Cheryl says · 02.03.15

May God bless you during your delivery!

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Kristin S says · 02.03.15

Yea for maternity leave. You will always know what’s best for you and your family.

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Dana Matthews says · 02.03.15

So excited for you! Can’t wait to find out if David has a brother or sister. Wishing you all the best. Enjoy your time off.

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Amy says · 02.03.15

Blessings to you and your family as you prepare for baby number two to make their grand entrance into the world. Enjoy! They grow up so very fast. (My baby boys are 24, 22, 18, and 13.) Your posts will be missed, but take the time you need for your family. God Bless!!

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Ashley says · 02.04.15

Enjoy your time with your new baby and watching your son bond with his new sibling! I had my second child three weeks after my husband deployed and it was very different for me. I thought I had it all figured out then I realized that my boys were very different lol. There is nothing more amazing than watching them love each other. It is so amazing and pure. You can just see how they instantly care about each other! Enjoy your time with them. I can’t even begin to explain how amazing your life is about to be. It just keeps getting better!

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CindyK says · 02.04.15

Enjoy your time off. I had two c-sections too. They should include a tummy tuck with the second one just for kindness sake. πŸ™‚ You are going to do great.

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nikki says · 02.04.15

I’m so glad you came up with done “filler” posts! I’d have missed reading your blog πŸ™‚

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Amy says · 02.04.15

Best of luck for a healthy delivery! I have two kids as well and I remember being completely blown away by how much more was needed of me when my second little one came along. Take as much time with your family as you need. We’ll all be here waiting when you’re ready to come back πŸ™‚

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Tiffany says · 02.04.15

With it being a repeat c-section, did your ob/gyn have any concerns with them being rather close together? I had a c-section back in October and would love to get pregnant again, sooner rather than later and was just wondering.
Thanks!

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Debbie m says · 02.05.15

I was pregnant six weeks after I delivered my first. I would not change it for the world. Although my bladder would.

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Debbie m says · 02.05.15

I had c-sections with both.

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Leah says · 02.05.15

I’m a daily reader and never really posted anything. I just LOVE seeing all the David updates and how he has grown..he’s such a little stud! Praying for a safe and smooth delivery and recovery! Also, take ALL the time you need…all your avid readers will be here when you return!! Best of luck, Kate! πŸ™‚

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kerry mcelligott says · 02.08.15

good luck this week!!! my boys are 14 mos apart and the first year is hard ans gets way easier after that now mine are 12 and 13! time flies like crazy. looking fwd to you picking up blogging again in spring. i miss your outfit posts!

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Amy says · 02.09.15

I also recently unsubscribed from Birchbox. I hated to because I love getting a little package every month, but almost everything Ive gotten lately is just a repeat of the other boxes. =(

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Bea says · 02.11.15

Maternity leave from where??? You don’t have a paying job right now correct?
If it’s maternity leave from this blog I give up. You realize how silly that sounds ..

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Kate says · 02.11.15

This blog is my paying job.

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Bea says · 02.11.15

This is a paid position? You receive a regular paycheck then

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Kate says · 02.11.15

yes

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