Preparation


open clip art clockYeah I suppose I can’t deny it any more. Time is ticking away and I need to be sure I’m ready for the birth of my babies. They aren’t supposed to show until the first week in May (when the hospital would like me in for inducement) but who knows how impatient they’ll be? The way they’re pounding me right now I wouldn’t be surprised if they showed up tomorrow!

So… I need to prepare.

Easy things, like moses baskets, bottles, car seats and the like are not what have me worried right now. In fact I’m not even all that worried about the money. I should be – what with the price of everything being absolutely phenomenal these days – but I’m not. What I’m worried about is my writing.

I’m worried that I’ll expect too much of myself and then get all panicky and twitchy when I can’t write because I’m too tired, too busy or whatever. For March I only just hit my word count, so its starting already, compared to January. So it seems like is mental preparation I need to do more than anything else.

It was this post that brought it all home for me. Write It Sideways is a blog I’ve been following for a little while and I was delighted, when I found it, to realise that not only was Suzannah pregnant, but she was expecting twins, just like me! Since then, I’ve been following closely and picking up tips as and when I can. The arrival of the above post in my emails (followed by a forward from a friend!) made me realise that I’ve not done much planning of my own in terms of what I can and can’t do when my twins arrive.

This is my first pregnancy; I’ve no clue what its really going to be like. Of course I have a vague idea that I’ll have very little time for me or sitting quietly at the PC. But how much less time will I have? In the first weeks, I’m sure I’ll have no time at all! In the months that follow, I may start to have a little more time, but it won’t be lots. Nothing like I’m used to, even with a 9-5 job. That’s obviously because children aren’t a 9-5 job; they’re a 24/7 responsibility and treasure. Couple that with the fact that I’ll have two of them to handle, well I just don’t know…!

Red Pen Of DoooooomI’ve accepted that I won’t be able to write much. But I should be able to edit things; sitting quietly with my trusty Red Pen of Dooooooom and some work in hard copy that I plan to pull to bits and put back together again. Maybe I’ll be able to write a short story or two; or cram in some flash fiction every now and then. The way I see it, I certainly won’t be lacking inspiration when they arrive! In fact, I’m afraid that I’ll want to write more than ever, just to express how I feel about them. Strong emotions always make me want to pick up a pen or sit at the keyboard.

Hmm. I think the most important thing I can do, at this stage, is prepare my mind. This blog is easy after all; I do tend to write about a week ahead as it is, and there are other projects, reviews and fun things that I can upload to these pages to tide you over in the interim. I’ll even say that if anybody is interested in writing a guest post here, then they are more than welcome to contact me to do so! In fact, I’d like that a great deal.

So long as my brain and my heart is ready to accept that there is a short ‘break’ on the way, then I won’t fall to pieces.

Yeah… that should do it. :)

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About Ileandra Young

I am a twenty-nine year old writer currently juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel is due for release in Autmn 2014.
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6 Responses to Preparation

  1. 4amWriter says:

    I always used their naptimes as a way to get some writing done. I was able to do this because I could never relax enough to nap–even though everyone told me “Nap when the baby naps!” 9 years later and I still don’t nap. I’m just too tense of a person, probably.

    Anyway, I am lucky to be a stay-at-home mom and so I was able to devise MY schedule that went hand-in-hand with THEIR schedules. Some days didn’t go along as planned, but that’s life, and I learned how to roll with it.

    You’ll find as you go along what works best for you. I’m so excited for you (and a little envious–I miss having a baby in the house. :)

    Cheers!

    • Part of the thrill is finding out what’s going to work and what’s not. I’m sure it will be hard, but I can at least say right now that I don’t think I’ll end up napping much when the twins do. For some reason napping when there’s stuff to do is really, really hard. I manage it, just, but I think when it gets to the point that I’ve not written anything for a couple of days (like today, actually) that I won’t be able to make myself do it!

  2. Mary Rhoads says:

    Rolling with it is sound advice. I had loads of things I intended to do when I had my first, and didn’t get to do much of it because I had a baby who cried when she was put down (and it was the dark ages when we only got 13 weeks maternity leave).

    Plus there will be two people moving in with you for you to get to know!

    Top tip: make loads of your fav dishes now and freeze them in takeaway boxes. Then you will have homemade food for the grown ups that you can defrost in the microwave and have on the table in a few minutes. We still do this with stews, soups, casseroles, and sauces for nights when we do our headless chicken impressions.

    X Mary

    • I like the frozen food advice; may need a bigger freezer though. O.o Hmm… I can add it to our list of things that ‘we may be able to get before the babes arrive, but has to come after prams and car seats.’
      (its a rather long list!)

  3. Em says:

    it will be easier to find the time to devote to writing once you are all settled into some sort of schedule (as chaotic as it might be). I’m only speaking on the experience of one baby at a time, however…but the sleep dep will be the first challenge. Eventually that will settle out (and it WILL settle out) and once it does you’ll find yourself sometimes able to take advantage of those nap times when you aren’t too tired yourself. in the beginning every time they nap (hopefully at the same time), so will you! Another thing that helped me down the road – especially once Kid 1 became a toddler – was having friends/family who were willing to take him to the park or at least off my hands and out of the house for an hour or so. Knowing that I only had that hour to work meant that I poured my all into it while I had the chance.

    Good luck and I hope you have a very smooth delivery!

    • Thank you very much!
      I love hearing from other mothers and how they have managed and every word they share with me encourages me and makes me feel much warmer about it all. :)

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