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Are you taking maternity leave?

You better take maternity leave.

But still take pictures! & share them! We want to see the baby!!!

Ahh. Welcome to my life.

I have never been a gal who can’t say “no.” I pretty much say “no” more than I say “yes” (a wonderful skill I have already passed onto my dear daughter) and I can manage my life because of it. This means I do the things I want to do & spend time with the people I enjoy. But lately I have been forgetting how to say “no.” & it is catching up with me. I am tired. & a bit overwhelmed. & despite having a very accomplished to-do list…I still have a lot of stuff I need–and want– to do. But I feel like a ticking time bomb. & it’s stressing me out.

So when do you say when?

Well. My when is now.

I’m choosing to live off the computer for a bit. caroline & I have very little time left as the pair we are right now and I want to enjoy every second with her. I have a couple of major projects I want to accomplish pre-baby (like my 2011 Blurb books & sewing a chair & ottoman slip cover) and I have to finish Ina May and Hypnobabies & I need to do it. Just DO it.

& take my girl to starbucks for morning chit chats over hot chocolate. & to the book store to browse the shelves for fun stories to read. & to lunch so we can enjoy our special mommy & me time.

So…I’ll still be here. Sometimes. Fridays for sure, but nothing regular other than that. If something strikes my fancy & I can find the time & energy to share, I will. I’ll be on the styleberry facebook page here & there too. But I need some down time. Some ME time. Some US time. Time to relish life as three. :)

I know you’ll understand.

I am so grateful for all of you who help to support, encourage & inspire me through your comments & your sweet facebook messages. I have about a zillion unanswered emails from many of you & it kills me that I cannot respond to each one, but I just can’t. My facebook wall is the best place to keep in contact with quick questions. I promise to reply there as time allows.

You can also direct all stylebabyLOG questions to shawna [at] stylebabyLOG [dot] com. Orders will continue to ship ASAP (usually within a day)–with the exception of the week that I deliver. You’ll get a special message should you happen to order during that crazy window. :)

You can also catch me over on my latest obsession–instagram. My username is miss_shawna and I’m pretty sure the first pics of the new babe will be there before anywhere else. :) I’m loving what I can do with my iPhone images…and it’s a fun little community too! Here’s a peek at my life through instagram…

  1. girl time…from forever ago, but it’s still one of my faves. :)
  2. eff sewing.
  3. big sky country, indeed!
  4. top pregnancy craving #3. yummm.
  5. POP!
  6. B12=sanity.
  7. yuck. yuck. yuck. trade you for snow?
  8. red toes…in hopes of a valentine’s day babe! ;)

Now…off to tackle that four post-it to-do list. Yowza.


oooh. & I also want to direct you over to the home of my latest collaboration–a place I will now be contributing regularly! You can find my first article up today on Honest to Nod, which is the lovely & inspirational blog from The Land of Nod. I’ve shared my love of all things Nod before, but it is one of my absolute favorite places to shop for my caroline! :)

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  • Anya - Enjoy the downtime Shawna – I was 10 days early with my girl and didn’t have any downtime until she (surprise!) arrived one Sunday morning and oh how I regret it. Revel in your time with your girl before your new girl or boy arrives. Your community out here will be waiting for you when you decide you’re ready!ReplyCancel

  • Suki - Reading Ina May before giving birth really helped to ease into the giving birth rythmn of my own body! enjoy them and your little girl.ReplyCancel

  • Marylin - I will miss seeing you as often but I’m so happy for you and Caroline for your decision! Family comes first. Enjoy these last few weeks with just you girls. I have a little bit of a confession that makes me feel silly but… I live in San Antonio and my daughter is a month older than Caroline. After reading your blog for the last year I feel like I know you. Please don’t take that in a crazy way! Anyway, best wishes for a great delivery and recovery. I hope things go smoother this time around. Can’t wait to see pictures and find out boy/girl!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - GOOD FOR YOU!!! I am trying to break my *Yes* habit right now…I am having trouble shaking my people-pleasing ways :$ But I am driving myself nuts trying to make everyone happy and am only succeeding in making myself miserable! My baby deserves a happy mama, and a happy mama is one who knows how to say NO!ReplyCancel

  • Zantia - Enjoy!! Glad you’re taking a break :) we were blessed with a valentine’s day babe last year! Fingers crossed for you haha!ReplyCancel

  • Tori - Enjoy this time so much, Shawna! My good friend is due Valentine’s Day – maybe your babies will share a birthday! I’m not due until April, but I am already finding myself wanting to soak up as much time as possible with my sweet 2-year-old daughter. I can’t believe I have to say goodbye to spending my days having special one-on-one “girl time” with her. But, I know you and I will both be trading something great for something equally wonderful as our families grow!ReplyCancel

  • Mariko - Have a super dooper time with your girly! And good luck with that to do list :DReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Enjoy this special time with your family. I can’t wait to see pictures of the baby. Hope all goes well!ReplyCancel

  • nowlin roberts - Congratulations on becoming a contributor to the Land of Nod! I am very proud.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - While I will miss your updates, I am happy for you and your two little ones. You need this time and won’t miss much (at all!) on the internet while you’re gone :) Take care of your little lady and your little peanut!ReplyCancel

  • Kayla - I love me some post it notes !ReplyCancel

  • Heather - Good for you. Enjoy your time. We will miss you though :)ReplyCancel

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