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YES... BIG CHANGES ABOUND!

I'm pregnant!  And this is not just something I've found out recently... I'm actually about 16 weeks along.  This is something I've wanted for a while and I'm quite excited.  The baby is growing fast and seems to be doing quite well!

I've also decided to take a break from the industry.  I've worked as an artist/animator for a small company for 7 years, but have decided to take some much needed time off to relax a bit and prepare for the little one.  I'd like to return to the industry again someday... but for now I want to focus on being a mom.  I may do a bit of freelance/contract work in my spare time though!

While these are huge life changes, I still intend on being the same ol' Katie and drawing the sorts of things I've always enjoyed drawing.  So thanks to all of you for sticking with me and watching my art...  YOU'RE ALL AWESOME. :heart:
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DaneBainbridge Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Congratulations. Glad to hear it. Will this change the tone of your drawings in any way?
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional
Thanks!

My tone of drawing? I don't really know what my tone is in the first place considering the spectrum of things I enjoy. But no, I don't see why I would change what I draw? Other than the fact that I won't have a lot of time to draw in the beginning, ha.
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DaneBainbridge Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I guess what I meant was: do you think after you have the baby will your drawings be geared more toward a younger audience? Do you think being a mother will change you as an artist?
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional
I'm not going to give up my identity and everything I enjoy because I'm a mom. That seems ridiculous. I won't share a piece of art with my kid if I feel it's inappropriate for their age... But I don't feel a majority of what I draw is wildly inappropriate for kids in the first place.
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DaneBainbridge Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I agree. Thanks for your thoughtful and spirited response.
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional
No prob!
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh!! Congratulations to you, Katie ; v ; That's awesome news!!
I'm sure they'll be sad to see you go at the studio, but one day you'll be back c:
But seriously, congratulations again! c:
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional
Thanks very much!
I've been doing a teeny bit of contract work for my old studio... but it's been nice to take an overall break. It'll be an adventure to have a new job as being a Mom. XD
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Kurumi-Lover Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwh, that's good, at least you're staying in contact ; u ;
The break is probably really nice though~
If you don't mind me asking, how far along are you now (since you were keeping it on the DL before haha)
I'm sure it's so exciting ; v ;
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional
I'm currently over 5 months now! Baby will probably come in November.
It's very exciting and also surreal! The baby sure is kickin' around a lot now.
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dootchan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
one last question. May I make and send you a Bebe blanket? :) I'd love the honor.
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional
I would be very honored to receive one! <3 Thank you so much for the offer... I just don't want your hands to fall off. XD Ben and I have moved though, so if you'd like to send something, just lemme know!
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dootchan Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Phew... I'm about halfway done with a full crib quilt. haha. I've never quilted before! :D  having to move on short notice has kinda thrown a wrench in the gears of progress, but I'll be back to it soon enough.
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional
Whaaat! WOW! That is crazy awesome of you! I'm sure it looks fabulous. You certainly didn't have to go to all that trouble, but I do appreciate it. :) I don't know what I'll be able to do in return!
Btw, found out I'm having a little girl!
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dootchan Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Haha, had to put everything on hiatus for a bit, had to move with short notice.  Woo!  Girl! XD  I like girls, girls make sense to me. hahaha.  maybe that's because I was one, once. >.> hahah!
and no, I need nothing in return!  don't even think about it! XD
I will try to get it shipped in time XD hahaha
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional
No worries! Don't rush yourself. I just appreciate you're doing this at all! Thanks again!

Though make sure to email me at patchwerk@gmail.com as I have a new address!
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dootchan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
congratulations, my friend XD

... everyone's having babies right now x_x
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional
Thank ya. Haha... I didn't know it was a fad at the moment?
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dootchan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
It apparently is for people I know.
Makes my hands tired! ;)
I gotta say, I'm not big on babies, I don't know what to do with them, I'm like omfg wat is this thing I'm going to break it! But I love -things for babies-, they get the cutest stuff. I'm jealous, I want embroidered rocket ships and dinosaurs on my clothes!
I gotta ask all the questions now!
Do you know/will you find out the sex or are you gonna wait? :D
Are you going like, the theme route for decor/goodies?
Got name ideas?!
I MUST KNOW.
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional
Actually, newborns are intimidating to me... but I think it will be different since it's my own child. When it's someone else's little one, it can make a person nervous. They're fragile, but also stronger than you think!
I'll know the gender on the 28th of this month! I've not really thought about themes as I'm not big into themed baby rooms. I just think something bright and cheerful is the way to go. :) I prefer to go the gender neutral route even after I learn the sex. Still working on names! I've always had trouble when it comes to naming. x_x
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dootchan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
Naming is hard! :( I'm only good at naming fish because you can be totally ludicrous with them. Like our new, fat eel named comtessa du sausage.
But anyways, gender neutral rules! I want rockets and dinosaurs for girls and cute fluffy animals for boys, durnit!
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azngrrl Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Congratulations!!
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional
Thank you!
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TalkyMeat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Yayyyyy! Congratulations! Tiny wee brand new human beings are awesome!
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional
Thanks so much! :)
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NightCat97 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations!!! I'm sure you'll make a wonderful mother. :33
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional
Thank you so much! I will do my very best to be the best mother I can be!
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NightCat97 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just don't stress out yourself. :33
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional
That's certainly what I'm trying to do, haha. XD
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Inkmo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Dude congrats! I can't remember if I already responded to this thread, so here is a possible x2 redundant congrats!
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Professional
No worries! You are non-redundant. And thank you so much!
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LapizSolarflare Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations and good luck to you! ^u^ That's such a blessing! :heart:
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional
Thank you very much!
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LapizSolarflare Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome! ^u^
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thelolo Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
That is super great!
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional
Thank you!
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Memokkeen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats! Enjoy being a mom! I imagine you'll make a great one :)
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional
Thanks very much for the kind words. :)
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Arkhanno Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Congratz, Katie~ <3
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional
Thanks very much!
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IchigoBunny Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Its been fun meeting you in person at the local cons too!
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional
Aw, thank you! Likewise! I will still try and come to them when I can. :)
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IchigoBunny Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:) I love seeing your work! I really like purchasing artwork from local artists. I have your Miwako picture framed in my room. :)
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional
Aw, wow... That makes me feel good that you still have that Miwako picture and even have it framed! That is so awesome. <3
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IchigoBunny Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lols of coarse! I loved it and appreciate the work.
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Mangaballetdancer Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Congrats!
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional
Thanks!
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FalyneVarger Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Taking a break is definitely a good idea! I just had my son (3 months old now) and it was very hard on me to try and even freelance near the end. The first trimester shouldn't be an issue though. Just eat right and go for walks often!
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Katie-W Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional
Congrats to you! I hope you are enjoying your little one. :)
I'm pretty much past my first trimester, but it wasn't easy as I was working full time during most of it and the stress of work didn't help. Now I'm taking on a little freelance and it's not quite as bad. I think when I reach my 3rd trimester, I may just stop altogether. I know some ladies that work up until giving birth and I don't know how they do it!
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AdriOfTheDead Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Congrats! ;w;
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