Monday, April 30, 2012

Zero Time to Write

After giving birth to my daughter, I wondered how I would ever manage to find a block of time for myself each day to write again.

It wasn't easy. But I eventually made it happen, even if it meant initially spending just half an hour at the laptop every night after everyone had gone to sleep. The half hour later grew to an hour, and so forth.

I tip my hat to all you parents out there who effectively manage your time so you can pursue your writing dreams. For what can be more challenging than fitting writing into your schedule when you have a little one at home?

Let me answer that: TWO little ones!

I'm super excited about having another baby. But at the same time, I know I will go through an initial period where I will have ZERO time to write or blog, much less do anything else for myself.     

But reading your blogs inspire me. I am in awe of those who can raise a family, maybe even hold down a job on top of that, all while pursuing their creative passions.  

When I begin wondering how I will scrape together the time to pick up on my writing again, I will be thinking of all of you out there who managed to pull it off. 
 
...Oh my, is it really the last day of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge? I just wanted to say that it has been a truly AWESOME experience connecting with all of you. I get warm and fuzzy thinking of how many of you have continuously returned to my blog this month to read my posts and share your comments. A handful of chocolate mints to you all!   

My baby's due date is in about a couple of weeks, and there is more I need to do to prepare for the big day (or night) and the whirlwind of  new parenting duties coming after that. Therefore, I must take a break from blogging for hopefully just a couple of months, starting from now. I might still leave comments on some blogs before the baby arrives, but once he's here, it's going to be pretty crazy for awhile.

I hope to reconnect with you all when I return.  

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30 comments:

Lynda R Young said...

A pre-congrats to you for the Big Day. What an exciting and joyous time! During the time you won't be able to write, I'm sure you'll be gathering heaps of inspiration in the back of your mind :)

Mina Burrows said...

That's awesome news. Congrats.
I always try to write when I can.
Like the internet, blogging will always be there when you return. :)

Julie Dao said...

Oh, wow, you probably have the same due date as one of my close friends! She's expecting a boy around the same time :) Congrats on your upcoming bundle of joy!

Shelley Sly said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news. I wish you lots of happiness with your upcoming baby!

Kate said...

Thats really exciting! And you will definitely have your hands full. Its been a great challenge which I have enjoyed and your blog and comments have been much appreciated. Good luck with the new baby and I hope it all goes well - I look forward to catching up with you when you have some more time.

Cortney Pearson said...

Congrats! I have two little ones at home and it does take some adjusting but you'll figure out how to make it work! Good luck and yay!

Daisy Carter said...

I look forward to your return, but don't even think of missing us! We'll be here when you get back!

And congratulations in advance! :)

Lily Cate said...

Congratulations! And good luck!
I'll admit, it took me about 6 years to get into a groove where I could semi-balance a kid, a part time job, and my writing. But it is possible, and you can make it work!

Gina C said...

wow - congrats! i'm planning on starting a family in a few years, and making time to write (and for myself!) are pretty big concerns. balance sounds like it's a constant practice in adjustment :)

good luck with your new little one!!

EvalinaMaria said...

It was a blast - congrats!!! Good luck with the baby.

Lynn Proctor said...

wow-i am surprised you have been writing at all--best of wishes for your family--congrats!

Rhonda Parrish said...

Congratulations on finishing the Blogging from A to Z challenge, and on the pending newest member of your family :)

~ Rhonda Parrish

Janna said...

Congrats on the second baby. I am currently pregnant with our 3rd, and having been trying to figure out how I'm going to juggle everything and keep my sanity. I know I'll figure it out eventually.

I'm really happy to have found your blog. Congrats on everything and good luck!

S.P. Bowers said...

Congrats!!! I'm super excited for you. It can be hard to find time. I have two toddlers at home and some days seem hopeless. But I have to admit, since they're adopted I never experienced the whole post-pregnancy body recuperation. Plus we got our daughter when she was 16 months old so I never had a toddler and baby together.

Good luck with everything! There is an adjustment but one day you'll look around and realize there's nothing immediately pressing. That's the time to sit at the computer and get reacquainted with writing

Jay Noel said...

Hope all goes well.

I have THREE little ones, and they're all very demanding of my time. It's tough, but you will find a way!

Ella said...

Congrats on your wonderful news and crossing the finish line! You will write notes on random bits of paper and collect them for later, when time does permit! It is an exciting time and goes so fast~ enJOY!

Laurie Dennison said...

Congratulations on your new addition! We'll certainly miss you while you're busy with your little ones! Thank you so much for holding the give-away; my boys love History's Strangest Cures.

inluvwithwords said...

Congrats on completing the A to Z challenge! And congrats on the new baby!

Mark Koopmans said...

CONGRATS on Baby-to-be,

And, seriously don't fret about the writing.. it's in your blood... so what if it takes a few months to find the time, you *will* find it :)

Promise... (says the dad of three boys under five :)

Gossip_Grl said...

Congrats on the new baby!

Cynthia said...

I really appreciate the kind and thoughtful words of everyone who had commented here. Thanks for all your support!

Misha Gericke said...

Congrats on finishing the project! I hope everything is going well. See you when you're back. :-)

Annmarie Pipa said...

good for you in so many ways!! congrats on finishing the A_Z..and congrats on your soon to be newborn baby! and good good luck!!!

Beth Camp said...

Congratulations again! For finishing A-Z AND for welcoming a new life. May you write "between" those times when you are needed. My daughter also will have her first baby in a few weeks, so I can sympathize with the balancing act that is headed your way. But balance all with joy!

Nick Wilford said...

It's a couple of weeks on now, so maybe the big day has come. Congrats and hope all is well! You did great in the Challenge, and thanks for all your comments on my posts. I don't know if you'll read this for a while, but I look forward to your return and I know you'll be able to leap back into the writing when the time comes. :)

Caryn Caldwell said...

Congratulations on your new baby, who is probably either here by now or will be soon! I'm sure things will ease up as s/he gets older. Good luck juggling it all!

nutschell said...

congratulations! finishing the a-z is a big accomplishment, and bringing a baby out into the world is an even bigger one! I hope you find the time to write still:)
Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Jay Noel said...

It's been a long while...I hope you and baby are doing well.

Jay Noel said...

It's been a long while...I hope you and baby are doing well.

Mark Koopmans said...

Sending best wishes and sleep-filled nights as you and the family expand :)

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