We are still nursing and she eats a little baby food here and there. She so badly wants to stand, and tries to pull up on furniture or our legs, but she can't quite get there yet. Oh, and she's babbling a lot which is super neat for Ryan and I but probably boring for the rest of the world. We are definitely her biggest fans. I'm sure that's why God made parenting a partnership- so we can "fangirl" over our babies with our spouses/partners and not feel like a complete dork.
This is unrelated, but related at the same time-
I was pretty devastated after reading this blog post about protecting your family/babies on social media. I knew that there are a lot of creeps and evil people on the internet, but I kind of just forget about it. You know? I focus on the good and fun of sharing photos of my adorable baby on Facebook, Instagram, and especially this blog. What shook me the most while reading that post was learning about the horribleness that is baby role playing, and that there is a community of these sickos on Instagram that can steal your photos and post them on their own accounts. A minute after reading the blog post I changed the privacy settings on my Instagram account and Facebook. This naturally got me thinking about my blog. I felt torn- I had immediately felt guilty about all of the photos I had uploaded of Gwen on all of my social media. I know that I shouldn't, since my intentions of sharing my life as a parent are good, but I couldn't help thinking whether or not her photos had already made it onto one of the baby rp accounts. It just feels so violating knowing that these predators are on the same platform that many of us parents use to share cute, funny pictures with one another.
After sleeping on it and reading through the tips to keep my baby safe, I feel a little better about keeping my blog. I thought a lot about making my blog private as well, but I felt that it would defeat the purpose of my blog, which is to share most aspects of my life, connect with other women and moms, and to make new friends. You can't really do these things if you're closed off to the world.
I also thought about how unfair it is that I was so afraid to share my life with all of you. I love blogging and I'm glad and proud that I've stuck with it for four years.
So! I am going to be more careful about what I share here and I'm not gonna let the bad guys control my thoughts too much. Learning what I did was a great reminder to keep some parts of my life and photos, private. Also, I've made a new Instagram account! Please follow me :) @hey_whataday