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Sunday, October 14, 2012

You may know me, but you don't know me.

"I could never do it. I could never share my whole life on the internet". 

I've heard this a million times. And you're right. I couldn't either. And I don't.

Being a blogger is weird thing, but an awesome thing. It's like, you suddenly click this orange Publish button and you're published. Boom. Out there for anyone to see. There's no detailed editing process. There are no publishers and editors reading through every little detail to make sure you've used every apostrophe in the correct spot, or used the correct form of then versus than. It's just you. And suddenly your writing is as accessible and judged as much as anything else out there. You're vulnerable to critics (and trust me, they're out there).

And when you write on a blog that shows your family, and photos, and you talk about struggles, and when you're honest about things--people assume that's your whole life. That you put your whole life out there for the world to see. And so they think they know you. Because, she puts her whole life on the internet

Let me assure you something. That's not the case. 

I'm willing to bet for most people--it's not all out there. They don't share everything. There are moments and photos that are kept only for your family. There are personal things, maybe about your husband or your loved ones that you share only with your close friends, those that know you heart to heart. There are life things and struggles going on that can't and won't and may never ever be written about. There are events you're a part of and places you volunteer that you've never written about, nor may ever. There are struggles in your head that are best hashed out with your spouse, someone who gets you, who doesn't judge you. There is so much life being lived that surpasses the posts of a blog a day. Never published. Never written about. Just because. Out of respect. Out of personal space. Out of boundaries. 

And I think it's just super important to remember that. 

You know me, but you don't know me. 

I feel like I know other bloggers, but I don't truly know them. 

Now that's not to say I'm one big giant secret keeper ('cuz lawd knows that ain't the case), and it's not to say I have some big bomb lurking in real life that I don't share--because that's mostly not the case, for me right now, anyway. 

But you get peeks. Little peeks into my world. And that's all I've come to learn that, through reading other blogs, that's how I have to view it, too.

If x,y,z doesn't seem to add up from blog post to blog post, it doesn't mean there are lies and scandals going on. It doesn't mean that you, as the reader, reserve some right to call them out on it. Remember, so much is unseen. Unwritten about. To think you have the whole picture from a few word slapped on screen is silly.

And so I try to read with those things in mind now. Truly. It took me a while to get there, but I've come to realize that our blogs, where we write, wherever that may be--is a part of us. But it's not all of us. 

And it's important to remember that. 

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With that, I'm just going to ask if there's anyone out there who hasn't introduced yourself yet to me, that you please do! I love, love, love it when someone tells me they're new around here, or that they're commenting for the first time, or emailing, whatever. 

Some of you may even know me in real life, see me around, go to swim class with us, see me at chick-fil-a (too often), or are a friend of a friend, or of family, etc. If you're reading this, tell me. Say hi. Introduce yourself. 

I like doing this every once in a while because a) it's really fun and b) this is how I actually met one of my very closest friends and c) because when you write, and people read, I think it's just nice to let them know every once in a while. I try to do that with some of the blogs I enjoy, too.

Go ahead...say hi, tell me a little bit about yourself :)

(and pssttt: if you don't have your email attached to your blogger profile I can't respond to you...just know this. xo)

140 comments:

  1. I've been reading your blog for about a year,but never commented. Love reading about your girls. I am mom to an 8 yr old little girl and teacher to 5 year olds.

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  2. I read every post and just never comment. Not sure why but love reading about your life no matter how much you share!

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  3. I, too, have been reading a little over a year and have never commented. I also follow on Instagram. Lucy gives me baby fever! I have a 15 month old son, Campbell, live in Germany (stationed here with the Army) and my husband is currently deployed to Afghanistan.

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  4. I have been reading forever but this is my first comment. I'm a senior @ a Christian college & your blog is SO encouraging and SO fun to read! Your girls are beautiful! I hope you have a blessed Sunday, Katie!

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  5. I've read your blog for about a year now, and love it!! But, have never commented or emailed!!

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  6. I've been reading your blog about a year! I have a 18 month old daughter and expecting my 2nd daughter in December! I really relate to a lot of what you have to say, especially with your posts about your fear of becoming a mom to two but you give me a lot of hope. Its fun to hear your stories and see your pictures of your girls, I really enjoy your updates :) thank you!

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  7. I've been reading your blog about a year! I have a 18 month old daughter and expecting my 2nd daughter in December! I really relate to a lot of what you have to say, especially with your posts about your fear of becoming a mom to two but you give me a lot of hope. Its fun to hear your stories and see your pictures of your girls, I really enjoy your updates :) thank you!

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  8. I'm another reader who rarely comments. I have one little girl that is weeks apart from Emeline. Hopefully one day ill be the mom of two as well!

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  9. I've been following you forever and have commented a few times but I guess I've never really introduced myself. Hi! Im Megan. SAHM of two and I blog at Grimm Tales. Nice to meet you :)

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  10. It's funny that people assume because you blog you put it all out there. I certainly don't put everything out there because I'm not a person who shares a lot in general. I've still made good friends from blogging even without putting it all out there. Some people may know more but it's because we've talked another way about it.

    Oh and I've been reading since before Emeline was born. I don't comment often but I love reading your posts:)

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  11. I read your blog for the first time yesterday! You're funny and a clever writer. We also have children about the same ages. My daughter is just shy of 2 and my newborn son just turned two months! We are flirting with potty training and just have so many kid milestones in common. I really enjoyed your weight loss journey posts and are helping me get motivated to hit the pavement again. I love how you've recorded your thoughts about weight loss the way I think about it, but don't post. Thank you! Congrats! You're girlies are so pretty like their mama!

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  12. Hi Katie! I've been reading for a few months but have never commented. I really enjoy reading your blog and your girls are precious!

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  13. I have been reading your blog for at least a year now.. But have never commented! I'm 26, from Georgia and about to start the newlywed life in about 26 days. I look forward to your posts every single day. Your girls are beautiful!!!

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  14. I hope nothing negative prompted this. I put about 94% of myself out on my blog. After the post I'm sitting down to write in a minute, I might need to say 95%. But there are definitely things I don't share. I bet people don't think that, though. This is one of my favorite posts ever.

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  15. First time commenter, long time reader, since E was a babe. I was going to post on your birth story, cause you said so, but there were over 80 comments or so and I figured you had enough comments! :) I'm a mom to a beautiful 22 month old girl (she's months until she's two is my rule) and expect baby part deux in March. I have sobbed and sobbed reading all your posts about Lucy and E and how everything will change. The last few weeks as a mommy of one were especially great to me as that is so what I am going through with my chick. I love her so much and I'm feeling the newest member of our family moving, reminding me they will become a part of it, but I don't have nearly as much time to enjoy this pregnancy because I have my pretty. I sobbed when you showed E meeting her new sister and, well, I sob during a lot of your posts. You have such a way with words, to capture my emotions and feelins so eloquently and I'm using your blog as a kind of "Having 2 babies for dummies" guide for when I become a mommy of two! It was the Kardashians that said "having one baby is like having one baby, having two babies is like having 22 babies..." I know I still have some time to figure out how I'm going to find the energy and the ability to nurse an infant with a toddler going crazy in the backround. Your blog helps so much though!

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  16. Hi! I've been reading for a long time, try to comment often and you even designed my blog! Oh and I follow you on IG, hope that doesn't make me a creeper. Anyhow, I'm Laura, married to Joe and mom to our 2 year old Olivia. I love reading your blog. Your girls are beautiful, your weight loss is inspiring and you're real and honest about this mom job. I love this post because now that I'm blogging regularly, sometimes it's hard to draw the line of being transparent but not divulging everything. Thanks for writing this, hope nothing crappy initiated it.

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  17. I just love reading your blog. I know you don't share it all but I really like that you always seem to be very honest. Getting to know the part of your life that you are willing to share is a joy. Thank you =) xo

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  18. Hi! I have just started reading your blog since following you on IG. I'm pixlou (Alyssa). I get what you're saying, I have a little blog and have my fair share of negative comments from people thinking my whole world is on my blog. It actually made me stop posting as much for a while. I just hated how mean other mothers were to me when I was being honest about struggling as a mother. I'm glad I found you/your blog. It came around whenI needed a real person to read about and a generally positive person, having cute kids was a plus too. Hehe.

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  19. Hi Katie! I just started reading recently, love your honesty :) I'm a semi-newlywed hoping to be a mama in the near future so I love reading about your life. Keep writing!

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  20. I've not been following for very long, and I can't remember if I've commented before or not... but hey, I'm commenting now. This is such an accurate blog post, it's exactly how I feel about my own blog.

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  21. My name is Brandie and I live in/around Houston Tx. I have emailed you once or twice before asking you a few questions regarding weight loss but I figured I would truly introduce myself! I have 3 kiddos, Bryan(7), Kamden(4) and Brooklyn(3). I am also married. My life mostly consists of raising the kiddos right now, and that is my main priority right now but in the near future I would LOVE to find time to go to college for something in the medical field related to babies. (Nicu, l&d etc). Feel free to email me anytime at brandie.cici@yahoo.com and we can chat =)

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  22. I think you know that I'm a lurker, I mean reader :-) Chasing Logan around doesn't leave me much time to click over and comment :-)

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  23. Hi Katie! My name is Elise, & I've been reading your blog for a little more than a year. I'm 22, born and raised in Southern California, and a career Nanny. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your world. (:

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  24. I love this post. It's so true & very well written. I do put a lot out there... but you're right... by blog readers certainly don't know me at all! The know parts of me. I have had the joy of meeting some blog friends in real life... and in those times i thought i really knew them (b/c we got very close via emails/blogging), but even then there was SO MUCH MORE to them that i found once i met them in person! So all these that read our blogs can't possibly know us. And for them to think they do is silly!

    Love reading your blog. Been reading it for awhile... not sure how long! I do comment at times & you've written me back at times, too, which i always loved b/c so many bloggers w/ as many followers as you have never do that! So thanks for being so sweet... love your family... really really want two girls that are just 1/2 as cute as yours! Haha!

    I've found your sister's blog through yours & I love her too. :)

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  25. Hi Katie! I have been reading for about a year now, and I, too, have never commented. I'm a relatively newlywed wife (two years, anyway) and we just bought our very first house near Dallas, Texas. I absolutely love your honestly; it's refreshing in a blog world of "Look at me! I'm a perfect mom/wife/daughter/sister/worker {insert the rest here.}" Your girls are so cute and I absolutely love reading about the "Emeline-isms." Nice to "meet" you! :)

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  26. Hi Katie! I'm a working outside of the home mom (I say that bc momming anywhere is hard work, I just report to a place where I get to eat with two hands, per when I want and feel a healthy dose of guilt for 8 hours a day). I have a 9 month old daughter who I feel like I popped out yesterday. I started following you while pregnant. I really loved your response to folks that described you treating Em like a present. You were all "yeah she's the best present ever!" and I was like "that's my girl, yo!" anyway, love to see your family grow and I think you're awesome.

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  27. I've been reading your blog for quite some time but have rarely commented. I'm Leah and I'm a 34 year old SAHM mom to a 4 1/2 little boy with another one due in 6 weeks. I've enjoyed getting a peek (through your blog) into what having 2 will be like. So glad we could meet!

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  28. I've commented here and there but never really intro'ed myself. I've been reading and following casually since your loss posts and then when you were expecting Emeline.
    I hail from grand ole Minnesota (originally from FL.... yeah crazy different!) and I have an almost 19 month old daughter Hadley plus 2 crazy dogs, Lucy and Cooper. I started blogging this past January and I have to give you mad props for-- a) being an awesome writer and b) putting as much out there as you do!
    My extended family is really private (social media haters) and my worrying about how they would feel about me blogging about any number of things going on in our lives currently has really made being REAL pretty difficult. If you have any quick advice on how to deal I would totally appreciate it since I love to write to get things out there and processed (if that makes sense) and there are only so many recipes and kid updates that I can post before I get to bored to keep up my blog.

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  29. Katie! I've been reading for a long time and you are just the cutest. You are so talented with your words. I'm Ashley- 24 year old girl who works for a marketing company, photography student, and has been dancer. I've lived in UT my whole life and love it. I have a passion for makeup and traveling :)

    Thanks for posting this- it hit home for me. love!

    xoxo

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  30. I love this post! So true!! I think I've commented before, Hey! :)

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  31. I've been reading your blog for a bit, but this is my first time commenting. I'm a work at home and out of home mom (it's a bit crazy), with a 4 month old daughter. We live in Delaware, so probably not too far from where you are probably from :)

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  32. Hi! I have commented a couple of times before, but not a lot. I love your blog. I really like the way you write. It seems so meaningful and not just about things, but about relationships. Your girls are so cute! I'm a wife, momma to an almost 2 year old boy, and a speech pathologist.

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  33. Hi Katie!
    I've emailed before, but its been quite a while...I love reading your blog, and following on IG...your weight loss is an inspiration, as well as your sisters! It turns out that we have a few mutual friends, which proves to me that it is such a small world we live in. I appreciate your honesty, and feel its refreshing! :) Don't stop. :)

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  34. I read every day but never really comment....but I can say your weight loss helped me a lot and I I've reading about your girls!!!!

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  35. I've been reading your blog for about 6 months now, I believe? I've never commented before, but I've always kept up with your posts. Your an incredible writer, mother and person, in general.
    My name is Jess, by the way. I'm 20, from Portland, OR and I just had a baby girl, Olive, 2 1/2 months ago. Her and Lucy aren't that far apart! I love seeing pictures of her on your Instagram. Your little family is wonderful, and your girls are beautiful.

    Thank you for doing what you do best! :-)

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  36. Hi, my name is Annette and I have been reading for over a year now but have never left a comment. I'm a second grade teacher, married for two years to my best friend, and ready to start a family. Your posts are encouraging and I appreciate how real they are.

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  37. Amen! You said it perfectly! Like you, I'm pretty much an open book, but that's not to say that I share EVERYTHING & don't judge! Period!

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  38. My name is Katie as well I've been following you on here for about a year and I know thAt we both have the same birthday!! I have a 2 1/2 year old little girl Isabella. I live reading your blogs and I follow you on Ig bellakae10... Lucy and emeline are adorable :-) kponton1749@gmail.com

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  39. I've been reading your blog for almost a year now! You've also already received a few emails from me. :) I have a little girl named Phoebe. I'm amye910 on Instagram. I heart you!

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  40. I've been reading your blog since Eme was born and commented some on here. I mostly comment in IG (crystaladams1010). I love your blog and loom forward to your post everyday! I have a little girl, Macey, who will be two next week! So I love Eme/ Mom posts and I live you running post, since I'm new at the whole running thing! I really just live your blog all around!!

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  41. Hi Katie! I'm Missy, a sometimes commenter & frequent reader ; ) I am a wife of nearly 7 years, an infertile Mama to a big brown eyed little boy and a giant shoe chewing yellow lab. I think I started reading right around the time you started your post-eme weightloss journey, I think b/c I came upon your post about her 1st bday and fell in love with her (of course!) and that freaking adorable yellow high chair lol! Love reading b/c you always keep it real, and you give me hope about potty training-that sh*t is real! ; )

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  42. Hi! I'm Katharine - I've been reading your blog for over a year now, but have never commented or emailed - until today. :)

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  43. I love reading your updates. My favorite blogs are the ones where I can relate to what the author is going through. And since we have two littles and another on the way your lighthearted writing is always enjoyable!

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  44. Hi! I have been reading for a while but haven't really commented. I'm a momma of two girls too. Lily is 3 and Avery is 18 months. I can totally relate to most of your posts about being a mom of two. It's a wild ride but we are making it so far!

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  45. Hi from a Texan forced to live away from the state (military). I rarely comment because it's just so awkward for me; I rarely come across as I intend to. I found your blog, oh, a year and a half ago because of your weight loss. I used it for inspiration and keep coming back. I have a 3-year-old girl and I'm terrified to have another one.

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  46. Hey there! I am actually a long time reader (I believe I started sometime soon before you had E) and I don't think that I have ever commented before. However, I do enjoy reading all of your updates on the girls, life, and everything else.
    I actually had a miscarriage this summer and honestly being able to read your past posts have helped me tons.
    Keep doing what you're doing cause you truly are awesome!

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  47. Hey Katie,
    I have been a long time reader but have never commented. I love your blog and your honesty and lightheartedness!
    I am a wife, mother to a 5 year old and a two year old. I also teach 4th grade full time.
    Danielle - trustinhim10@yahoo.com
    Syracuse, NY

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  48. Hi Katie,
    I'm Lyndsay. Not sure how I came across your blog, but I started reading just before miss Lucy was born. I have a 17 month old daughter, Campbell Grace. I am a pediatric nurse, and love reading your blog. I so appreciate your honesty, and have enjoyed hearing about the difficulties of having a toddler and a newborn...we are beginning to try for our second baby, which totally terrifies me, because...I can feel overwhelmed with one, much less two, or three, etc.

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  49. Hi Katie! Im fairly new to your blog. I think i found it thru instagram where i followed you first. Love your blog, your honesty and pictures of your sweet babies! Im justcols on IG.
    Im a mom to two a 6 yr old and a three year old. I work full time as a lawyer and blog about all kinds of things :)

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  50. Hi Katie! Im fairly new to your blog. I think i found it thru instagram where i followed you first. Love your blog, your honesty and pictures of your sweet babies! Im justcols on IG.
    Im a mom to two a 6 yr old and a three year old. I work full time as a lawyer and blog about all kinds of things :)

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  51. I've been reading for a few months and think I've commented before, but I'll say hello again! I have a much smaller following but do have followers that I don't know. Sometimes I wonder what impression they (and even people I do know) are making of me and my life in their head. I try to keep it real, but there is always "real" left out.

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  52. I'm Holly... I've been a reader for awhile now. I comment from time to time. I like your honesty, your posts feel fresh, and your pictures are always awesome.

    Happy Sunday night!

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  53. Hi!

    My names Katie as well. I've been reading your blog for maybe 18 months? I think I commented once or twice but it's been a while - I do comment occasionally on your instagram. I have a 6 yr old girl, 3 yr old boy and 9 month old girl.

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  54. Hi! I'm not sure if I've ever commented, but I was a guest writer on Poop Whisperer about my misadventures in breastfeeding. I have a 2 year old boy, Drew, and a 5 year old girl, Anna. I've read your blog for about 2 years. I have a blog also, but it's mostly pictures of my kids for my out of town family and friends. I am a high school science teacher living in Baton Rouge. Thanks for all of your candid posts- reading your blog is one of my guilty pleasures!

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  55. Look at all the lurkers de-lurking! Ha, I rarely comment but do often on instagram. I've been reading since you were pregnant with E. Love your writing. I have a 2 year old boy and live in the great state of OK. Keep writing!!

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  56. I comment from time to time... not so much now that I read from my Feedler app. I knew Lyryn from church camp & used to live in West Chester. She linked to your blog from her blog forever ago and I've been reading off and on every since. You're an encouragement to all the rest of us mommas out there!
    Joy,
    Sara in Iowa

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  57. I think I've commented before? Who knows, I can barely remember what I had for breakfast.... ha! Anyways, I LOVE this post, and wish more people realized that blogs are not 100% of your life story. That they are, in fact as you put it, an edited piece of your life that you've decided to put on display. They're not a 100% representation of who you are or what you do. So, thanks for this refreshing reminded of that. Also - Emeline & Lucy? Cutest darn things to ever make an appearance on the internet!

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  58. Hi Kate! I started reading your blog when you were pregnant with E (I was pregnant with my daughter at the time). E and my daughter are fairly close in age (A was born March 2010). This is my first time to comment. I just wanted to tell you that I love reading your blog and seeing pics of your precious girls. Keep writing!!!

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  59. I am pretty sure that i commented before, but i came across your blog maybe a year or so ago. i have been married for almost 5 years and i have a little girl (McKenzie) that is 3 1/2 years old. i love your honesty and imperfections. i love to see everyones day to day normal and how we can all learn from each other. we are all only human and we all make mistakes... it what you learn from them and how we apply them to day to day life. sending love and prayers from my family to yours!

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  60. Hi! I am not sure if I have ever commented before or not. I have been a follower for so long I don't remember. Your weight lost is inspiring and I love to read about your precious girls. Oh and look at your gorgeous pics!

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  61. Hi Katie! I've been following your blog for some time now and I do feel badly for never commenting... I love reading about your adorable family and since I'm 8 months pregnant with my first, I can't wait for some of it to become reality for me! I live in Canada and am a teacher

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  62. I always want to scream this to the public when judgment comes in about my kids.

    I cannot begin to tell you how many ridiculou trolls are all "you claim your son is sick yet you post pictures of him looking normal."

    Um YES. Because I don't share the moments of extreme struggle with the world. I didn't share them with Kate and I won't share them with Will. Just b/c he is happy and smiling in one picture does not mean he is perfectly healthy and I am making his illness up.

    Ok. Just majorly vented right there.

    But this post is so true. Spot on, Katie.

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  63. Well.... I have been reading for about a year... Never comment really because its usually done on the go or in between spots & taking care of my family. I follow you on Instagram & think your girls are totes adorbs!!!! I do comment on Instagram :) I'm a wife, mom to a 10 year old & 5 year old, & I'm a nurse. LOVE your blog!!!!!!

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  64. I recently started reading your blog and I love your style of writing! You keep it real and I like that. My name is Allison and i have a blog too that I started back in August. I'm still trying to get in the groove of blogging and working on my writing style. It's hard, I will say that! Anyway keep the posts coming!

    allisonforthetimebeing@blogspot.com

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  65. Hi Katie!
    I've been reading here since June of 2010, when during the last few weeks of my first pregnancy, I blog-hopped like a mad woman looking for birth stories to take the edge off my fears. Anyways, our two kids are close to the same age and I've enjoyed reading you not just for your conversational writing and comical honesty, but also because I love hearing another gal's take on all the crazy it can be to be mama to two littles.

    You've been especially inspiring with your weight loss and exercise posts. You're killing it, girl!

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  66. I started reading about 2 mo before you had Lucy. I had my daughter Jane in July so I could relate to the pregnancy and delivery. Your delivery sounds actually exactly the same as mine. Epidural was a huge relief compared to my son's delivery where I did natural. I laughed when you said to say if you're reading this because of how personal it is. I didn't and I'm sorry! Too busy w new baby? And FYI I appreciate your attention to grammar. I am a language nerd. I don't blog but I love to read yours and I feel like your friend. We have a lot in common. My son Michael is 16 months and Jane is 3 months now. I am a French and Spanish high school teacher on my second consecutive year of maternity leave. And I live in NYC w my husband and Fam. We just got married in may. That's a brief intro of my life. But as you noted, there's much more to it than just that. Thanks for blogging!! -Lauren ( lvmooney@gmail.com )

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  67. I've commented before but I don't think I've told you but you and Jenn from Knee Deep in Munchkin Land are my two most absolute FAVORITE bloggers. I'm not even exaggerating. :) You are so real and interesting to read. I can't put my finger on it but I love the way you put words together.

    But anyways, my name is Elle (my real name is Elizabeth so of course I love Lucy's middle name) and I'm a college student living in Kansas. I've been reading your blog awhile now. E was probably not even 1 yet. I finally got the courage to start blogging in January and I love it. I love to hear about other peoples lives. So fascinating! Anyways, thanks for writing! You truly do have a gift! :)

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  68. I'm not sure if I've commented before, but I don't often. I've been reading for maybe a year now and I just live your blog! It's by far one of my favorite! :) I am a SAHM to my 6 month old son, Bennett. We just moved to Michigan from Auburn, Alabama so my husband can attend graduate school. BIG move! I do have a blog, but I don't write a lot and its not near as good as yours. :)

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  69. My blog is an outlet for MANY things but certainly not for the MOST intimate and personal parts of my life. Those I keep close and well, personal. There are some bloggers/writers that are okay with putting more out there and that is their choice.

    But I think what you say here is true for most of us. Thanks for sharing with us the parts that you do.

    xo

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  70. I really love this, sweet Katie. You have such a way with words. It just amazes me. I love reading every single post you put up! So blessed to "know" you :)

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  71. Hi Katie,

    I just started reading your blog a few days ago. It's very inspirational and I am glad I found you through some other blogs I am also reading. Have a nice day :)
    D

    germanapproach.blogspot.com

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  72. I love this post so much. It's so true. People read my blog and assume that's all there is to my life. Heck, it took me 2 years to announce I have a nephew. lol. So yeah, I totally relate.

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  73. Great post, I am an avid reader of this blog, keep up the good work, and I'll be a regular visitor for a very long time.
    90 Day Challenge

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  74. Hi Katie!
    I've been following your blog since your were pregnant with Emeline. I love reading your take on life with your little girls. I am a teacher & now have two kiddos, a girl, Lorelei, who is 20 months & a boy, Everett, who will be 2 months on Wednesday. I've especially liked reading about your experiences with Lucy since my little Everett is so close in age. I follow you on Instagram as well. (My username is lildarling1982.) I have commented here & there, but not nearly enough...I'm sorry! Also, I blogged for a hot second, but haven't ever since I returned to work after my daughter was born. Thank you for little glimpses into your life. You make me feel as if I'm not alone in some of my struggles & in the good times too. Reading your blog & seeing your pics are a bright spot in my day. Thank you for sharing joy!
    Michelle

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  75. Hi!! I'm Heather, a reader but not a commentor. Came across your blog awhile back and started following you because I too have a 2.5 year old boy. Also have a 7 month old boy as well. I like to see what other kiddos the same age as mine are up to!

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  76. Hi Katie! Nice to "meet" you! I've been reading your blog for a little over a year and really enjoy it, so thank you for sharing. My name is Kristin and my husband and I moved to the suburbs of Philly from Manhattan a little over a year ago, we just purchased our first home and are expecting a little girl at the end of January.

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  77. I Have been reading your blog since July 2011. I had just gone through a miscarriage and found your blog which gave me hope that it is still possible to have perfectly healthy children after a miscarriage. Now more than a year later I welcomed my first daughter a week before Lucy was born. I also love reading about your weight loss journey and your running adventures, both of which I am trying to tackle now :)
    Thanks for sharing parts of your life I enjoy reading! And your kiddos are precious!!

    Aprilnewkumet@gmail.com

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  78. Hi! I new-ish around here ever since another blogger linked to Lucy's birth story. My girl, Lorelai, was born on July 29, 2010 so I knew I had to read! Yours has become one of my fave mommy blogs--your perspective is similar to mine and I love your pictures :)

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  79. I've been reading your blog for about 2 months, and usually comment everyday! :) I'm new to the blog world, but love it so far! I have 2 boys. Cole, 3 and Drew 7 months. They are my world! Love your stories of your sweet little girls!!

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  80. Swim class - check
    friend of a friend - check
    And I've said it before - our paths will cross eventually! We live too close and know too many of the same people for it not to. And I will most likely be a real hot mess when we do run into each, while wrangling our kid(s). I know we have "talked" many times via email/Instgram comments - but I just wanted to take a minute to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog, and have for a few years now - since you were pregnant with E!
    So thank you for sharing what you do...you have a gift and keep on using it.
    xoxo

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  81. Hi Katie! I'm been a reader for probably a couple years but seldom comment. I have a 21 month old son and am expecting another baby boy in December. Love reading your blog and being able to relate to another mommy. Thanks for sharing!

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  82. I've been a lurker for a while now, probably about a year and a half or so. I've tried to comment once or twice but I don't think they went through. I love reading about your adorable little girls! I have a daughter who will be 3 tomorrow! (eek) and I hope one day she will have a sister too. I seriously look forward to reading your posts everyday. Keep on keeping it real!!

    coco_rene_10706@yahoo.com

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  83. Hi Katie!
    I've been reading your blog for over a year (i think?) and have always been too afraid to introduce myself. I'm a senior in college and i'm on my way to being a music therapist.

    I love reading your blog, and have really learned a lot from it! Thanks for sharing a little bit of your life!

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  84. Hi Katie! I've been reading your blog for almost a year now and am also a new blogger (goneyonkers.blogspot.com) and about to be a new mom in April! Love reading about your sweet girls and everyday life. Keep up with keeping it real ;)

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  85. Katie,

    I've been reading since Emeline was born and have left a few comments recently (but until now was one of those annoying people who didn't have an email attached to my profile!). My son was born at the end of June, and I'm trying to navigate what I do and don't want to share on my blog. My husband is a very private person, so I'm trying to figure out how to respect his privacy, but also giving me a space to share my thoughts and connect with other people through an online community. It's a challenge, for sure, and I appreciate your thoughts on the subject.

    Best,
    Sarah

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  86. Hi Katie! I think I may have commented a couple of times before, but I love reading your blog. I think this is a really great post, one that most people need to be reminded of. We get glimpses into you world. I love those glimpses and the honest thoughts and feelings that accompany them. I completely understand the need to keep your intimate life, well intimate. It's not for us to know or be a part of as the interweb(net) community. I always look forward to your posts and hope you keep sharing parts of your world with us!
    Jenni

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  87. I've been reading for years and have commented many times along the way. I just wanted to say you are so right! I don't understand why people have to be so judgmental of others. I love your blog! I don't have alot of free time with a husband, a 15 month old son, and a full-time outside the home job too but i make sure I pop in here a few times a week.

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  88. Great post. I've been blogging for only a year, so I still feel kinda new. There are moments that are hard to draw the line in the sand...share or keep personal. But you are so right. Blogs are A PART OF US, NOT ALL OF US.

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  89. I really love this post. I blogged about this once because I got some criticism about over sharing on my blog. When really, I feel like I hardly share anything at all. I too have recently learned that this is how these blogs are. Just snippets of our lives. Like a scrapbook or journal to go back and look at. And I love how honest you are in yours about your emotions, I really relate to you. Thank you for writing this post, its always good to be reminded of this.

    I think I introduced myself a few weeks ago - but I have a 2 year old daughter born in Jan '10 and a 2 month old daughter born in August. I feel like we are going through a lot of the same things right now. Keep writing, I love it.

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  90. Hi Katie! First time commenter here! I'm Amanda, Momma to 3 and one of those people who doesn't have a blog but LOVES reading others! Your little girls are so sweet! I also follow you on instagram and evertime you post a pic of your girls, I show my husband. Even he agrees your girls are adorable!

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  91. I'm not sure whether I've commented before or not...but I love reading about your life. I have 2 sons about the same age as your girls. A 2.5 year old and a soon to be 3 month old (on the 24th). I don't know how you find time to blog so much! I wish I could get it together and do the same.

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  92. Hi! I am a reader from Texas and I found your blog a long long time ago, it was one of the first blogs I think I started following even. I was drawn to the fact that you wrote so often and so openly. I think you had just had your first daughter when I started reading. I don't comment often because I don't have kids myself and I'm not married so I don't have much to contribute, but I do love reading about your life as a mom, it's inspiring to me. So I was just stopping in to say hi!

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  93. Hi. I am new here. I found you through a friend and fell in love with your writing style! :-)

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  94. I can't remember HOW long I have been reading, but its been awhile! :)

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  95. Hi Katie,
    I always feel a little "weird" reading other peoples blogs because I don't have one myself. My 18 year old calls me a "blog stalker". Haha! But I just find it interesting so yeah..maybe I am weird! I am a Kindergarten teacher and a mom to two boys..18 and 21! I swear I am not old! I love your blog because you keep it real. I love reading about and seeing your girls because I raised boys and girls are so fun! Gosh...I seem stranger by the minute. I swear I am just an ordinary girl who loves to read. Aren't you glad you asked? hahaha! Kris in MD

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  96. Ok.... comment here we go! Creeper no more!
    I love your blog. You have a beautiful family, take amazing pictures and your blog makes for an interesting read. I have a little boy 4 months old and just found out yesterday I'm pregnant with number 2! We wanted our babies close together but I'm definitely a little nervous....

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  97. i've been reading forever and a day as well! and i've fallen in love with your little family. i love your honesty and your positive outlook and your photos are just beyond beautiful!

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  98. Hi Katie! Love reading your blog...been reading for about 6 months ever since I found it when I was looking for birthday ideas for my 15 month old. I ran across your blog and have read it ever since. Love the insight, the pics and esp. your two cutie pies :)

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  99. Love your blog, your honesty, and your adorable pictures! I have three daughters--30 months, 12 months, and 8 weeks. You always seem to write about what I'm feeling, and it's a nice reminder that we moms/women etc aren't alone! Keep up the good work.

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  100. I know you!

    :)

    Truth, though. Blogging is only a small window into our lives. People who think it's all need to reevaluate their perceptions.

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  101. I love love love your blog! I find so many similarities with you and am always so encouraged by you!

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  102. Hi, Katie! I love reading your blog and hearing about your sweet girls! I found your blog when Emeline was a little one, and have loved hearing about her transitioning into a big sister. We're expecting our first little baby in April, so I love to read about all of your joys (and trials) of being a mom. Hope you have a great day!

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  104. (Sorry, updating my last comment!)

    I can't remember how I found your blog, but it was a few months ago. I also have a daughter named Emmalyn (turning 2 in November) and another little girl on the way in a few weeks. I love your updates and reading about life with two daughters. Thank you for sharing your stories with everyone!

    www.jackandemmablog.com

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  105. Hi, I am Erin :) been reading your blog for over a year. Your girls are adorable. I have a son that is almost 19 months old, and he is the love of my life.

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  106. I've commented before, but don't think I've ever "introduced" myself.

    I'm Katie (looks like there are a lot of us that read, lol!) and I have two littles - a 3-year old little girl and a 1-year old little boy.

    I've been reading since your pregnancy with Eme, but can't for the life of me remember how I found you! I love your style - decorating, writing, photos, etc.

    Your stories about real life keeps me reading - with all of the social media outlets out there, I sometimes feel the need to "keep up" and try to do to much - you keep it real and down to earth and I love that!

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  107. Hi Katie! I've been reading your blog for a couple of months now. Found you through Mamalaughlin. I'm a registered nurse and mom to a 4yr old girl and 1yr old boy. I can really relate to your posts about the daily joys and struggles of motherhood! Your post last Monday about slowing down was exactly what I needed to hear (read). Thanks!

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  108. Hi!

    I started following your blog shortly before you announced your pregnancy with Emeline and I think I have commented once or twice but who knows.
    I'm Amanda and live in east Texas. I have a 4 year old little boy and an 18 month old little girl who keep me on my toes. I also work full-time outside of the home.

    I often find trying to balance it all to be a tad overwhelming and I appreciate that you are not always sunshine and rainbows in your post. Being a parent, wife, daughter, etc is tough!

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  109. Hey Katie! I've followed your blog for awhile and I also follow you on instagram. Your girls' are the cutest. Love hearing about your life and you inspire me to be a better person. We are very similiar in alot of ways and I'm sure we would TOTALLY be friends in real life. Keep doing your thing girl and I will continue reading and enjoying your adventures as a family of four : ) Brooke Hamilton
    bcrenshaw5@carolina.rr.com

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  110. I love love reading your blog! You are such a positive inspiration both as a mom and a weight loss butt kicker : ) I hope I can be as successful as you on both things! Keep up the great blogging!

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  111. Hey Katie! I follow you on Instagram and I've been reading your blog for a year or so and seriously am so inspired by your super mom status! You totally have the most beautiful girls and you do such an amazing job juggling job, kids, husband :)
    I'm due in less than 4 weeks with my husband and I's first baby... A boy! We cannot wait :) I look forward to your stories and brilliant writing :) and I might be asking for tips from a baby pro!!
    ~Jaclyn

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  112. I've been following since you posted about your miscarriage before your first. Reading about what you went through helped when I went through it. Your Lucy is just a few weeks older than my Avery, love seeing all your pics on Instagram!

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  113. Hi Katie, I'm Makayela. I am new blogging, and actually YOU'RE blog is the reason why I even started. I read yours and loved it so much, I decided to give it a try. If you can't reply to me on this, you can email me at millermakayela@yahoo.com

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  114. Hi Katie! Im Shelly! I love love this post.

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  115. Been reading since just before you had Emmeline. Commented a few times, but I'd probably still be classified as a creeper :) I'm 27, mother of a 3 year old boy (TODAY!) and 2 angel babies. TTC #2. Love seeing pictures of your little girls, they bring a smile to my face. Love your honesty, makes me feel like there's someone else out there who understands me! There you go, Creeper no more! Cheers, Ashley

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  116. Hello from a long-time reader, first-time commenter, and fellow mama. I so enjoy your blog and am thankful for your transparency and openness. Looking forward to following along!

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  117. I'm a long time reader and a terrible commenter! I'm also terrible at my attempt to blog! Love following your journey!

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  118. I love this post. So true, how people think they know everything from your blog but usually not the case. I love reading your blog and I have been for a while. This isn't my first comment -- But I'm terrible about commenting. Thanks for sharing with us all!

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  119. Hi Katie! I'm Molly. I actually found you on Instagram. I noticed a lot of my blog friends were commenting on your photos so I thought I would check you out. I immediately became a reader. Probably because I have a raging case of baby fever and you had just had Lucy :)

    I have been blogging for almost 6 years and have two boys that I blog about, 4 and 2. I hope you'll check me out. I'm really enjoying your blog. I like people who write the real stuff and that's always what I write too.

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  120. Oh and my email is molly@adayinmollywood.com (from up above)

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  121. Hi Katie! I'm a long time reader and new mama. I've left a few comments here and there. We've also tweeted and follow each other on Instagram. I love this post and think it is so well written. There's so much of me that I keep to myself and don't put on the blog. It really is only a small glimpse into my life and my person, which so many people don't understand. Thanks for always being so honest with your blogging. You're a mama-inspiration to me!

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  122. I started reading just before Emeline was born. I found you by accident while I was reading the comments on another blog and I discovered you. I really enjoy reading your blog. I followed your weight loss updates (truly enjoy those). I have two kids, a daughter who is alomost 4 and a son who is 9 months. I love all the pictures you post of your kids. They are adorable.

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  123. *waves* Hi! I'm here too. :) Came for the photography - stayed for the enjoyable read! I'm a pretty compulsive procrastinator, so your commitment to update and record things inspires me to stop being so darn lazy. :)

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  124. Hey Katie! Ive been reading your blog religiously for well over a year, but am fairly certain this is my first comment. I am a 21 year old college student and love reading about your life. Thanks for putting so much of yourself out there- I imagine it isn't easy but I am so thankful that you do. I may not be a mommy, wife or homeowner but I still appreciate a lot of the things you write about. Thanks for being you!
    -Claire

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  125. Holy cow - 125 people saying hi for the first time?! I'm so glad I found your blog years ago.....not sure when, I think it was sometime during your pregnancy with Emeline, pretty early I think. Goodness time flies. I miss our more regular interactions and feel a little one sided since I get to stay up to date on your side of things. :)

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  126. Hi! I may have commented once before, but this time it's official. I probably found your blog from pinterest and really enjoyed your writing style and your honesty. Your ADORABLE children make me want to have my own, but I must be patient. Thanks for being so awesome and sharing so much of your life (not all of it! of course ;)

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  127. Hello there. I've been reading your blog for a couple of years, but have never commented. To be honest, it's been a little difficult as of late as my husband and I reach the 2 year mark of struggling with infertility. Your girlies are absolutely precious, but sometimes it can be hard, you know?

    That aside, I love your honesty, candor, and amazing photog skills! Thanks for doing what you do :)

    P.S. My name is Jenn, by the way. For some reason the comment form isn't letting me use my name...oh well!

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  128. So yeah...I umm commented earlier but somehow didn't realize my settings didn't include my email. Hope that is fixed now :)

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  129. Hi Katie! My name is Jessica and I've been reading your blog for awhile..probably about a year or more, and I think I've only commented once...so I wanted to say hi again! :) I live in Michigan and have a 2 year old boy (he turned 2 in June). I love reading your blog and your girls are just too cute! I don't have a blog but my email address is jessica.steketee@gmail dot com

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  130. My name is Lydgia. I came across your blog by accident but enjoy reading. I am a mom of two (a girl that is 4 and a half and a 1 year old boy), so I enjoy reading about other moms and their adventures. Being a mom is awesome but tough! I also teach third grade in Indiana. Thanks for sharing about yourself :).

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  131. Hi! I don't think I have commented before. I have been following along for awhile. I am currently pregnant with our first. I am a marathoner and triathlete. I haven't been allowed to run in a while. It is a bit depressing. I knew running was a large part of my life but I never realized how much it defined me. This pregnancy had been a learning experience in many ways!

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  132. love this. so very well said. i hate getting emails were people try to call me out on something. it's a freaking blog people. you get a lot from me, but not everything.

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  133. It amazes me how much stuff people put out on the Internet. Sometimes it's the wrong stuff but mostly {in my experience} it's not. People are real, they give glimpses into their life. Those are the things I appreciate.
    Your blog is one of them. It's a good place on the Internet.

    100+ comments is a lot. So many others feel the same, obviously :)

    Your girls are adorable & get cuter every day!!



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  134. Hi Katie! I am not sure if I have ever commented or not. I think I may have a long time ago. But, I wanted to say hi! =) I have been reading since Em was a baby. I think you are so amazing. You make life with two kids look so good and easy...even though I know its not always like that. You just have a way! =) I love reading about your sweet precious girls. I love reading about your work outs, you are such an inspiration. And, you are gorgeous and have super cute clothes!!! =) Thank you for sharing with us!
    Desiree
    www.themoellenkamps.blogspot.com

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  135. Hi Katie! Thank you so much choosing to risk and share a window of your life. While I know that I'm not alone in the exploits of mommydom, it's kinda nice to know that someone else is experiencing the same stuff- and finding humor and enjoyment in at least some of it! I found your blog thru Pinterest, while looking for birthday ideas. Loved your oldest's 1st party, so fresh and colorful. I am getting ready to celebrate my youngest of 4 blessings 1st b'day... and they truly are blessings! I have enjoyed your candor and musings on life, and love the title of your blog. I will be a frequent visitor, as much as my crazy life will permit. lol Thank you for sharing your children and life laughs, you have been an encouragement to me today.
    Kristie
    kaps_rn@yahoo.com

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  136. Hi Katie!
    I'm Melissa! Sorry I'm late to comment on this post! I just had my first baby-he's 3 weeks old, so I'm just now catching up with my google reader. I'm not sure how long I've been reading, but I think you and your family are the cutest! I live in California and teach middle school. Right now, I'm enjoying hanging out with the little man in my life! It's nice to "meet" you!
    melissaconfar@hotmail.com
    www.catchingupwiththeconfars.com

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  137. Hi Katie!! I've been reading for a while and I'm not sure if I've ever commented before or not. I also follow you on Instagram. Anyways, my name is Charise and I'm 23. Not yet a mommy, but that is one aspiration in my life. It's something I've always wanted to be. :) Your kids are beautiful and you seem like a wonderful mommy who knows just how to balance the "real life" from the "put it all out there on the blog life". Have a good weekend!

    cmprettygirl21@gmail.com

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  138. I know I am late to the party, but my husband and I have been in Japan and I am just now getting caught up on my blogs! Yours is one of my favorites and I appreciate your HONESTY more than anything!!! Keep doing what you are doing!

    Also.....you look amazing!!!!

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  139. Hi Katie, I've been a lurker for quite a while...maybe 2 years. I'm a mom to an almost! 5! Year! Old! (When did that happen?) and a 15 month old. I frequently find myself nodding in agreement with your posts, especially about the second kid stress/struggles we all have. It's a good thing we are less stressed about the baby's every move or lack thereof the second time because otherwise it could be a dangerous combination. I know this is quite late, but I'm catching up after being on vacation and having sick kiddos.

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