Having a new baby really makes you stop and think about things… Suddenly this tiny little human is all mine, and the responsibility of taking care of her, making decisions for her, and protecting her feels overwhelming at times.
I admit that I’m pretty much an open book when it comes to my own life; but – as I’ve mentioned here before -out of respect for my husband (who is much more private than me) and our kids (who have yet to develop a sense of their own comfort level), I’m trying to be very intentional to share only MY story and not theirs.
In the last year since starting this blog, I think I have mostly been able to strike a balance here. However, over the last few weeks, I’ve been increasingly unsure about how to handle Instagram specifically. It is such a fun and easy way to share photos and capture the little moments of our every day life; but, in many ways, it also feels very intimate and – admittedly – less carefully censored etc. As much as I want to invite my blog readers into my personal life; I always want to put my family (their safety, privacy, etc.) first.
With that in mind, I have decided to make my Instagram account private for now. This means that I will have to personally approve each new follower for my account; and, in addition, I will be going through my current followers in the next several days and “blocking” anyone with whom I don’t have a real-life relationship.
Please know that this was not an easy decision for me – I might have even shed a few tears over it (postpartum hormones?). You guys have been SO wonderful in welcoming Nora and genuinely caring about my little family – liking photos, leaving comments, etc. I can’t tell you how much that community has meant to me during my extended hospital stay after my c-section, late night feedings, etc. Please don’t think of this as me “uninviting” you into my life – I still plan to use this space to share and connect – but rather, I hope you can understand my need for one space that I keep for myself and my private life. This is NOT personal; it is simply what’s best for my family right now. I know I can never fully protect my kids from all of the challenges of this social-media world; but, I think this is one small step I can take in that direction.
Thank you in advance SO MUCH for supporting me in this decision and continuing to follow my story here. I promise I’ve got some good stuff headed your way!
P.S. Those of you that blog/Instagram/etc. – How do you handle this balance of privacy vs. community with your own family? I’d LOVE to hear some of your thoughts on it!