My friends, it has been WAY TOO LONG since we last conversed. It’s entirely my fault, of course, and it makes me so sad to see how long it’s been since my last post. Let’s just say the last few months have gone a little differently than I had originally planned.

Basically, while I was planning on spending the summer writing a ton of posts and completing a bunch of projects and working on a lot of behind the scenes things to make this site even more amazing, I spent a lot of time pretty sick and unable to keep up with it. I usually try to keep a backlog of extra posts ready to go, but I burned through them pretty fast. I was too sick to even make it to the craft store! (You know that’s serious!)

Luckily, I’m feeling much better, and am so happy to be able to share with you the reason for my long absence and lack of projects…

We’re having a baby! I guess you could say I’m working on my biggest DIY project yet. 😉 Although things got off to a rough start, I’m finally starting to feel human again, just in time to enjoy everything pumpkin spice and the last bit of mildly nice weather in CT.

Our baby announcementIf you like this calendar, you can get entire 2017 version for free here.

While being so sick has definitely been one of the less glamorous parts of being pregnant, I am so lucky and grateful for this whole experience, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome this new life into our family this spring. I am due in March, which is perfect timing as that means I get a pass this winter for shoveling the driveway (I’m hoping, anyways, haha). And hopefully by the time the baby comes, the snow will be melting and it will be getting warmer, so we won’t have to deal with too much cabin fever with a newborn.

I have to say, when I envisioned in my head how I’d write this post to tell you our news, I originally had it paired with some sort of cute nursery project or baby craft. But I must admit, I don’t have any fun craft tutorials for you today because recently all of my energy and focus has gone into, well, making a baby, and everything else has been pushed to the back burner.

No worries though, because now that I’m beginning to feel better, you know I have a huge long list of projects I’m hoping to complete before the baby comes. I have a few home DIY projects to wrap up, some decor crafts to finish, Christmas presents to make, AND stuff for the nursery and the baby, oh my! Overly ambitious? Most definitely, but we wouldn’t have it any other way, now would we?

I’ll give you a peek at some of the adorable baby fabric I got at the craft store. Tell me these prints aren’t just too cute? This is just the gender neutral fabric. I’m sure there will be another trip for more fabric (much to my husband’s delight 😉 ) once we find out whether we’re having a boy or a girl.

Baby fabric, because is there ever such thing as too much cute fabric?

As for the future of Decor by the Seashore, I have poured my heart, sweat, and if we’re being honest, sometimes tears into this website for the past year (hey now, tech stuff can be hard, mkay?). I absolutely love getting to share my crafts and home projects with you all, and that’s not about to change.

I’m catching up on emails, comments, and social media and cooking up some amazing posts I think you’ll just love. I’ll be working over the next few months to replenish my backlog so there will be fresh content for you all to enjoy when I’m taking a baby break in the spring.

Of course I’ll still be sticking to the main focus of my blog–home decor and DIY/craft projects–with a few baby projects sprinkled in here and there. And as soon as the nursery is done, I’ll be sharing it with you all. (I already have the theme and colors picked out, of course!) Although I will be cutting back on the amount of time I used to spend blogging, I’ll still be trying my best to post regularly.

I want to thank you, my wonderful readers, for being so understanding during my absence. Although I don’t often post about our personal lives, I felt this news was special enough for its own post. I am so looking forward to this next chapter, and I hope you’ll join me in this journey!