Until Next Time

October 13, 2014

I’ve been trying to find a time to write this post for a few weeks now. Somebody has been keeping me very busy : )

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It’s been a great 3 years writing Baby KERF, but I’m ready for a hiatus – until the next baby comes along!

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I’ve enjoyed writing about motherhood (even though I said I wasn’t going to!) and most of all I love having this blog as a digital baby book.

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When someone asks me a question about Mazen as a baby, I know where to look. Because of course my memory is all one big blur!

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I know many of you have written that you have gotten pregnant and ran here to read for the first time. I’m thankful that it’s been a good resource!

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Because of that, I’m leaving the archives up and running. Plus there might be a sequel in the coming years…

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While I’d like to write about our parenting adventures moving forward, I do believe there is an age where only cute photos should be shared and developmental details remain behind the scenes.

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For us, that age is 2.

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Our baby is a little boy now, and for the sake of his privacy, I’m ending my written story here.

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But of course you’ll continue to see snapshots on Instagram and KERF.

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Because of course he’s a huge part of my life! 

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And I can’t promise I won’t have a random post or two here and there. 

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I’m leaving the whole blog as it is for your reference and mine.

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I do hope that when we’re ready to get pregnant again that I’ll return to this space and will find the urge (and the time!) to document another pregnancy and the baby years, even if it’s a lot less detailed the second time through.

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Maybe someday I can turn the blog into one big printed baby book : )

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I can’t wait to show Mazen all of these photos and tell him about his first words someday.

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Thank you for all of your comments…

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…your tips

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….your advice

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…and your friendship.

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Looking back at these photos makes it seem so long ago. I really can barely remember him being so small!

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I had no idea then what Mazen would be like when he could walk, talk, jump and laugh.

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But when I do look back at these newborn shots, I can see the same personality, smiles and mischievous grins that I see now.

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Especially when he is asleep!

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Thank you all for sharing our journey!

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Until next time?!

37 weeks (6)

(And no that was not an ‘I’m pregnant” announcement. Ha. I know some of you were probably hoping that’s how the post would end! I’m still not convinced I could handle two kiddos yet : ) )

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1 Bridgette October 13, 2014 at 8:28 am

Thank you for sharing this journey with us Kath! Mazen is so sweet! I’ll be looking forward to popping back now and then to see if anything BIG NEW announcements are happening haha! I still enjoy reading KERF after many years!

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2 Liz October 13, 2014 at 8:39 am

I completely understand! I’ll miss your posts here but will still happily be a loyal Kerf reader 🙂

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3 Tonya October 13, 2014 at 9:03 am

Mazen is so dang adorable! Thank you for sharing all the pics and stories. So sweet how you decided to cut off the blog for his privacy. You’re a great mama. 🙂

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4 Hannah N. October 13, 2014 at 9:21 am

I’m so glad you’re leaving the archives up! I followed along when you were writing them and now that I am pregnant, I’ve loved going back to your weekly recaps and reading them. So, thank you for sharing all you have!

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5 Lindsey @ SimplyLindsey October 13, 2014 at 9:28 am

I’ve loved the Baby KERF posts and I look forward to reading some in the future! 🙂

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6 Bethany October 13, 2014 at 10:12 am

Okay, this made me cry! Probably because I followed your posts when pregnant with my first, and I’ve watched Mazen grow up via this blog and KERF. And because my little one is growing up. so. fast. I know that before long, I’ll be saying the same – “my baby is no longer a baby, but a little boy!”

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7 Kathleen Ojo @ My Ojos October 13, 2014 at 10:54 am

Thank you for sharing over the years! My daughter is only 6 weeks older than Mazen, so I followed this blog closely while I was pregnant and beyond. Your advice, opinions, and experiences have always been very relevant and helpful to me. At least there’s still KERF!

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8 coco October 13, 2014 at 11:54 am

I feel exactly the same, wasn’t sure I should or shouldn’t stop blogging about Sofia’s development. It was fun and nice to record all these two years, but maybe not longer. 🙂

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9 Bethany October 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Kath – thank you so much for this blog and all the info it has provided. We are expecting our first baby in just a few weeks and i have come back here time and time again for tips and advice. I’m glad your leaving it open, becuase i’m sure those breastfeeding posts will come in handy! I totally agree that there is a time & place to stop sharing some details, good for you 🙂 Look forward to watching Mazen continue to grow through KERF and Insta.

Thanks again!

Bethany

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10 amy October 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm

thank you for sharing and keeping the blog as it is! i’m 14 weeks pregnant with our first and come here every week to read along with your pregnancy journey!

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11 megan October 13, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Thank you for leaving up the archives! You have created such a wonderful resource for expecting mothers (like me) and parents! I’m 22 weeks right now and I love looking back on your weekly pregnancy updates when I enter a new week! And you have me totally hooked on Pregtastic – I love listening during my walks!

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12 Lisa @bitesforbabies October 13, 2014 at 2:02 pm

I completely understand!! I haven’t posted very many blog posts lately of the kids…only recipes. I keep telling myself to get back into but then a part of me has decided that I might just be done with it. It’s almost bittersweet but then I think about all the posts I DID write about them and how excited I am to show them all one day!!! You could always get another baby kerf up and running if/when baby #2 comes along 😉

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13 Kim October 13, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Kath this post put a huge smile on my face 🙂 thank you so much for writing berf. I actually refer to it all the time! I have a 20 mth old and a 16 mth old. I hope you share your pregnancy and after on berf for baby #2! Thanks again!!

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14 Jeanie October 13, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Thanks for sharing your cutie’s life with us. Looking forward to next time.

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15 Heather October 13, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Totally respect your decision. I appreciate mom blogs so much for the advice, tips, etc. but it must be so hard to decide what to share and filter out. I know I couldn’t do it! I am glad I will still get Mazen pics on Instagram and Kerf.

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16 Danielle October 13, 2014 at 8:20 pm

I am in tears! I was six weeks behind you in my pregnancy and found your blog while I was home pregnant with pneumonia. It was the only thing that got me through the three weeks I was sick. Thank you for letting us be a part of your pregnancy and Mazen’s life! My daughter turned 2 on Friday. I share your feelings about #2! Definitely not ready yet!

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17 Kath October 13, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Aww! Love that so many of you have shared our timeline 🙂

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18 Addy October 13, 2014 at 9:10 pm

I so enjoyed reading about his leaps and bounds, and thanks for sharing your journey as a parent a little bit with us. 2 seems like a good cut off! My little guy is 8 months younger, so I’ve liked looking around at what’s ahead. Thanks.

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19 Lisa October 13, 2014 at 10:18 pm

Thanks so much for sharing your journey, Kath! I really appreciate you leaving your blog up as a reference. See you at katheats!
Hugs
Lisa and Ian (5 months)

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20 Stephanie October 14, 2014 at 3:09 am

Been following you since I was pregnant, two months behind you. My son is about to turn 2 in November and it has been such a whirlwind. Where has the time gone. I still remember reading your birth story and awaiting my own. Thanks for sharing him with us!

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21 Alissa October 14, 2014 at 8:20 am

I loved coming to this space during my own pregnancy, also two months behind you. You very candidly shared so much about pregnancy and motherhood from a Type A perspective (hey, it takes one to know one). It was such a comfort to me. I’m not ready for #2 yet, either, but will look forward to reading when you’re ready to take on that adventure! No doubt Mazen is one loved and adorable kid.

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22 Christina October 14, 2014 at 8:34 am

Thanks for sharing your journey thus far. It was a huge help during my pregnancy and the first year of my son’s life. I also love that you are giving your son his privacy as he is becoming a little boy.

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23 Maggie October 14, 2014 at 9:01 am

Thank you for keeping the blog up. I hope starting a family is on the horizon for me, and I’m so glad this will stay up as a resource! I’ve already checked back a few times 🙂

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24 Joy October 14, 2014 at 11:40 am

Thanks for sharing the first two years of Mazen’s life with us…well, almost 3 counting when you were pregnant with him. It’s been so much fun to watch him grow up, and I’m glad that we’ll still get to see photos in the coming years.

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25 danielle October 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Aww thanks for all the great tips and best to Mazen, what a great and happy kid.

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26 Kelly October 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm

It’s been so great to read your posts… my son’s a few months younger than Mazen and it was great to see what was coming up. If we lived close by, I think they would be great buddies! xx

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27 Lesley October 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm

I’m sad you’re closing up shop (for now) but totally understand why. Our blog started when I became pregnant with my now 27 month old. It was a great way to keep our far away friends and family up to speed on our goings-ons. And now it really has become Penny’s baby book. But I can’t imagine stopping. I love posting about our family outings as well as silly things she does that I know I’ll want to remember. Milestones she’s still hitting, developments each month. That being said, I am trying to be more conscious of what I share so she isn’t embarrassed when she (hopefully) reads the blog some day.
You should definitely make the blog a book. I’ve done it for each year (well “The First 9 Months” and then “Year One”). Im currently working on “Year Two”. I used Blurb and it was great, until the stopped supported Wordpress. Let me know if you want more info, as I have learned a few tricks and would love to pay it forward. It is so nice to have the books to flip through. And they seem more lasting then the web. I still fear one day all will be lost from some epic internet failure :(.

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28 Kath October 15, 2014 at 6:50 am

If you find another site that makes the process easy please let me know! !

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29 Kristin October 15, 2014 at 7:36 am

Thank you so much for sharing your family with us for the past few years. Like so many other commenters have noted, I’ve really appreciated having a place to go to get “real-life” insight into my pregnancy questions, and I’m sure I’ll be back with newborn questions once my baby arrives. I think you’re a smart and savvy woman Kath, and while I’m sad to see BERF go, I love the decision to perserve Mazen’s privacy. See you over on KERF!

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30 Kelly October 15, 2014 at 9:45 am

Thank you so much for sharing all that you have Kath! I recently found out I was pregnant, and I spent hours last week on BERF reading about your early days of pregnancy – it was such a wonderful resource! I loved reading your ‘real’ account of pregnancy as opposed to advice/info from general pregnancy sites. Thank you again!

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31 Megan October 15, 2014 at 11:25 am

Thanks, Kath! I have so enjoyed following your story. I gave birth to a little boy just a week after Mazen was born and it’s been so fun all the way along to read your updates. Best wishes to you and your family!

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32 Hannah @ eat, drink, and save money October 15, 2014 at 2:02 pm

I’ll miss these posts! Mazen is about 6 months older than my son so it has been fun to see what I have to look forward to over the last couple of years. Keep posting mini updates on KERF for us!

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33 marcie October 15, 2014 at 5:28 pm

thank you so much for sharing your life and journey!! 🙂

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34 Wendy October 16, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Ahwww thanks for sharing your journey Kath! My girl is only a few weeks behind Mazen, and although she is my 2nd baby, it was fun to see your insights, and see the many similarities in the developmental timeline of our littles! I think your wise to limit the details from here on out-kiddos need some privacy too 🙂 Again, thanks for sharing your journey, and can’t wait for baby # 2 (It really is easier the second time around-everything becomes second nature, and after a few months, you will wonder why you waited so long-lol!). Be brave, and enjoy the amazing journey of motherhood! God bless 🙂

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35 Becky October 16, 2014 at 8:45 pm

xoxo

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36 Jen Cox October 17, 2014 at 6:32 pm

I’ve so enjoyed reading your blog! I’m a few months behind you (Emmeline turns two in January) so have loved reading your blog and have recommended it to many mommy friends. I was obsessed with reading birth stories before I gave birth myself and distinctly remember reading yours. It gave me the courage to have the birth I wanted and I truly believe your perspective helped me find my pride in what my body was able to do both with labor and breastfeeding (we struggled through 3 months of mastitis, but wound up nursing until 16 months). It’s been a pleasure reading your experiences. Thank you for sharing with all of us!

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37 Catherine October 17, 2014 at 11:01 pm

I have to admit that I got teary eyed seeing all of the photos in this post of Mazen growing up these past two years! I have been reading your blog at Katheats for quite a few years now, and since becoming pregnant myself this past June, I have been very thankful to have this blog to refer to. Thank you for keeping all of this information open for us to look at. I come here often for guidance about pregnancy, and I know it will be helpful when my little man gets here, too! Thanks again for sharing your journey with Mazen! He’s such a cutie!! 🙂

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38 Lia October 30, 2014 at 12:32 am

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this entire blog. I am 17 weeks pregnant and your week by week posts have been invaluable to me as a resource. I love seeing all of the milestones and how you felt with each passing week. So far our pregnancies seem very similar so I love being able to relate! I hope you’ll return soon!!

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39 Kim October 31, 2014 at 6:14 am

Thank you for leaving the archives up, I find myself linking to your sleep training post often when new moms ask how to do it, it’s been SO helpful 🙂

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40 Catalina @ Shades of Pink October 31, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I understand and thank you for leaving teh archives, as I like browsing thru them. Mazen is an adorable baby, and you guys, make a beautiful happy family.

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41 Molly November 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Thank you for keeping the archives up! I have a 5 month old and can’t tell you how many times I’ve used this blog as a reference. It’s been a lifesaver! Thank you for all you do Kath!

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42 Gwen November 22, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Very classy ending to the blog, Kath. This blog was a godsend with the level of detail you put into your pregnancy. I enjoyed referring to it during my own pregnancy this spring.

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43 Kath November 23, 2014 at 6:30 am

Thank you 🙂

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44 Carly McCall December 10, 2014 at 7:40 pm

I just learned that I am pregnant with #2 a few days ago (but 12w3d already! eep.) Sat down to sign up for all the newsletters and things today and discover that as soon as this blog becomes relevant to me again it goes on hiatus! Oh well, it’s archive-surfing I shall go 🙂

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45 Kath December 10, 2014 at 7:41 pm

CONGRATS!! Hope the archives are helpful : )

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46 Carly McCall December 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm

BTW it was a beautiful final post. Loved the pictorial recap. And totally understand your reasons for stepping back. I still think it will remain a wonderful resource for newly pregnant moms like me 🙂

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47 Kath December 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Thank you : )

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48 Ann February 11, 2015 at 5:09 am

Hi Kath,
I consistently read Kerf (and have for about 7 years I just realized – is that possible???). But never read read much Baby Kerf since I am not a mother myself. Finding myself nearing that time in life (hopefully!), I came here to read your archives and of course saw this post first. This is SO BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN. I love everything about it and how you did the pictures oldest down to in utero… so wonderfully done, this beautiful post really shows you off as a writer.

Thanks for sharing all of this! I am excited to go through your archives 🙂
Ann

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49 Kath February 16, 2015 at 7:19 am

Thanks so much Ann : )

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50 katherine March 26, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Oh wow! I hadn’t come here since my second was born, before August – and that’s kept me pretty busy – so I read your last post – and it’s fantastic. What a beautiful send out.Thank you for allowing us the privilege of seeing you and M grow. It’s been fun. He’s a few months ahead of my first, so I was able to learn so much by your blog. Again, thank you. Best wishes in the future.

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51 Hannah July 12, 2015 at 10:08 am

Wow! this is my first visit to this blog . Happy to see such a great mom and the little kid. Lovely pictures ! <3

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52 Renee Hudson January 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm

Way to cute. Such a happy kid.

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53 Amy April 17, 2016 at 12:50 am

I just stumbled across your blogs while searching for healthy food ideas for my 13-month-old, and I can’t believe the similarities in our babies’ quirks and our approaches to dealing with them! We even have most of the same baby gear. You have a soul sister in Oregon. I am now reading your post-13-month entries for a glimpse into my future and advice for toddlerhood, since we seem to have come to most of the same conclusions so far. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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54 Lizy June 9, 2016 at 5:50 am

Hi, I just wanna say that I’ve found your blog while looking for tips for soon to be mother women an I found it great. Even if your last post is quite old I felt obligated to say that I love your blog and will be waiting for your next pregnancy and updates :D.
Best wishes Lizy with Mark

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