When 2014 began, I sat down at my desk and did what many, many people do...I made my New Year's Resol... errr ... 2014 Goal List, like I have every other year. Some of my goals were: finish BACK TO DECEMBER (check!), publish BACK TO DECEMBER (check!), find a better family/writing balance (not so check). The 2014 Goal List went through a couple changes as the days went on and as I came to realize my dreams were bigger than my reality. Even so, I knew I had a little ace up my sleeve because come August 27th, I would finally have some time to devote to not only writing, but also to marketing.
Why was August 27th such an important date, you ask? Because I was going to be free - free for 3 hours a day - five days a week. My youngest little, M, would start Kindergarten (my oldest little, B, is in 3rd grade) and I was so excited (and sad) to have some time to myself to devote to writing every day with no interruptions. I know there are Moms out there who understand my conflicting feelings on the littles going back to school, but most especially the youngest heading off to Kindergarten. So I knew that whatever wasn't accomplished up until that point, I would have more than enough time to make it up.
And then June 2nd happened.
A trip to the doctor and all my plans for the rest of the year...make that the next FIVE years...went up in smoke. Well, sort of. June 2nd is the day we found out that Baby #3 will be arriving somewhere around the end of January 2015. Yep! So, all those plans I made about writing while M was in school and having all this free time...not so feasible right now. And so when the school year ended, I did something I never expected to do. I took a vacation. A summer-long vacation. I decided to take a break from all things writing-related and spend the summer with my littles. We took trips, we visited family, we went swimming and had play dates and went to the parks. We even went to a fun amusement park (even though I couldn't ride any of the rides!). We had a fabulous summer and I am so glad I did it. We had to have a fun, out-of-this-world, summer to remember before our world is turned upside-down by the arrival of Baby #3. And you know, it really wasn't that hard. I spent minimal time on social media and I didn't so much as look at any of my notes or writing the entire summer.
Don't get me wrong, I'm very excited about a new baby. I'm currently almost 21 weeks pregnant and while I'm crazy exhausted this time around, it's so much fun to share it with the littles. My oldest is 8 and my youngest (soon to be middle!) is 5. They have questions, some I answer forthright and others I take a long detour, they can't wait to meet the baby and they love to talk to my belly. Another thing I'm very excited about? Taking time to enjoy this last baby (oh yes, it's going to be the last!). Both littles will be in school, both are independent and there won't be any reason for this Mama to be running around, chasing toddlers - this time around.
To celebrate Baby #3, I'm going to be making some changes to my website and most especially to my blog: I'm going to change the focus of my blog. I'm now going to focus on what it's like to be a Stay-at-Home Mom and do this thing called "Writing". I doubt there will be writing schedules anymore - there will be typing on my iPhone while feeding the baby, or while rocking the baby to sleep in the middle of the night. I doubt I'll be spending much time down at my desk in the near future. But it will be an interesting journey and I hope you'll stay tuned to my posts to see what's going on and how things are going. My plan is to be on here and working on my writing until #3 arrives.
Thank you for being patient, for sticking by me and for being such fabulous fans! I appreciate each and every one of you!