Monday, January 14, 2013

Survival... and Other Goals for 2013

Happy Monday, all! Here in London, we awoke to a light dusting of snow, cuing the inevitable transport chaos and pandemonium. I hope you all have had a wonderful start to the new year.

With the new addition to my life making a surprise appearance, I didn't have time to do my usual reflection on 2012 and my goals for 2013. Suffice it to say, my goal for the next couple months is survival. Baby TR is a delight, except when he turns red and morphs into his evil twin, Lobster Baby, several times each day. Luckily the black hole of sleep deprivation I've entered into is providing some kind of altered state where even high-pitched baby whinnies seems to come from another place.

As for writing goals, this year I hope to write the third in the Serenity Holland series, Marriage to Measure, as well as complete another novella in time for Christmas. We'll see how that goes. I'm hoping once life settles into some kind of routine, grabbing a few hours of writing time will be possible.

Until then, I'll be posting once a week with guest posts here and there. I'll try to make it around to as many blogs as I can, Lobster Baby allowing!

Have a great week, everyone.

57 comments:

  1. Enjoy your mommy time! They grow up fast!

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  2. Hi Talli - I remember those early sleepless days and nights well and although I don't know how I survived - I somehow did and so no doubt you will too!

    Enjoy him - and sleep when he does - once he sleeps the night through then routine will come.

    It's all worth it of course!

    love, Janice xx

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  3. I can imagine your surprise at baby arriving early, my granddaughter arrived 10 weeks early and survived against the odds.....she arrived on my birthday 12 years ago. Look forward to your weekly post.
    Take care and hug for the baby.
    Yvonne.

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  4. I'll second Tonya! Enjoy this time. Honestly, I can't believe my oldest is 19!! It's crazy. Oh, and take videos, just short snippets. You'll love sharing them later.

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  5. You'll have a more settled baby for you know it. Now it's all about enduring. They're cute and all, but for little creatures who sleep most of the day they sure are exhausting!

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  6. Awwwwwww Baby TR sounds utterly adorable!!! Well from over there! LOL!!

    Have a great Monday Talli! Take care
    x

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  7. Lobster Baby. Funny. Which is why my daughter was named Monster Baby. Now Monster Child. It is true, however, when baby naps you must nap as well if you want to stay sane. something I regret not doing.

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  8. Lobster baby - no!!
    Hope you get some sleep soon.

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  9. Good luck with all of your goals - especially taming Lobster Baby!!! LOL.

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  10. Happy New Year Talli and best of luck with your writing goals for 2013.

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  11. Glad you are keeping a sense of humor, mom.

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  12. You've had such a great start to the New Year with your little arrival, and I'm sure it will only get better (apart from the sleeping, possibly!)

    (How do you come up with such great book titles, by the way?!)

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  13. Yay for Baby TR! Congratulations! I hope Lobster Baby makes fewer appearances as the weeks go on, though. :)

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  14. Hope the lobster stays away and good luck with all your goals in 2013!

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  15. I hope you find your schedule soon. As a mother, I know that babies don't understand our writing schedules but, I'm sure you'll love the time you spend with Baby TR. Congrats!

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  16. Yeah for babies!- Even Lobster Baby for he will give you loads of creative insight. Enjoy this time and congratulations.

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  17. Hugs, enjoy this special time - they grow too fast!

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  18. Sounds like doable goals for the year! Good luck! Was so happy to hear of your addition, I'm sorry I haven't made it around to say CONGRATS! sooner. Hope your little family is wonderful. Happy Monday!

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  19. Getting the balance is so tough in the beginning, but it sounds like you're doing great. Trust me, though, it does get easier. Hang in there and don't hesitate to call if you ever need to speak to a grown-up, just to remind yourself what it's like. XD

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  20. Congratulations on your sweet little lobster baby!

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  21. Oh yes sleepless nights, I remember those well! Enjoy being a mummy as other have already said they grow up so fast, even Lobster babies!

    Wishing you all the very best for 2013 and good luck with all your writing goals too :)

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  22. Hi Talli - sounds like you're settling in happily - Lobsters have to be put up with they're a part of life!!

    Have so much fun this year ... and I'm sure you'll make a plan re writing and getting on with things ..

    Much happiness - cheers Hilary

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  23. I'm sure you'll not only survive but thrive. I'm sure baby TR is adorable even as lobster baby. Some lobsters grow out of it quicker than others.

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  24. LOL, lobster baby. I love it. Have fun!

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  25. It is hard to get enough sleep with a new baby. I think Lobster Baby is an excellent description of a baby bawling its head off, but they do turn into pink cherubs again as soon as they are fed and changed. It's a lovely time. Enjoy!

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  26. girl, I hear that! Babies just change EVERYTHING! But he's such a cutie little lobster baby!!! :D *hugs* Hang in there! All us moms out here totally understand~ <3

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  27. Someday he'll read those words: "Lobster Baby? Mom..."

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  28. Aw, Talli, hope Lobster Baby doesn't give you too much trouble ;p Mine is already 7 months old, but I'm able to carve out some time for writing finally! She's a great sleeper so once she started sleeping through the night I was able to stay up and write after she went to bed at night. Have fun with your little one!

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  29. Survival sounds like a good goal. ;)
    I'll cross my fingers that things will start smoothing out soon

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  30. Ah, Talli, the joys of motherhood. I think your goal should be to enjoy baby TR as much as possible and fit writing in when he sleeps. And he will!
    Karen

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  31. Lobster Baby :)
    Take good care of him!
    Hugs.

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  32. Aww! Good luck with your goals, Talli!

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  33. I consider SURVIVAL an awesome goal! :)

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  34. Babies are so amazing ... even when they're lobster babies - and I've had those! Enjoy and treasure all those crazy moments. :)

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  35. The very best advice my mom gave me when my son was born: rest and sleep when the baby does.The house will sort itself out later and there will always be something that needs to be done, but this time with the baby will never be there again and it's special as is rest.

    You'll find your rhythm!

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  36. Glad to hear everything is going well with you and baby TR, Talli :) Hope the lack of sleep doesn't get too bad for you :)

    Jamie

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  37. Couldn't help but laugh at "Lobster baby" :)

    But seriously hope you get some sleep soon. ;)

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  38. Lobster Baby is much too cute to stay mad at! Hope you get some rest. Julie

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  39. You've produced the best creation of all, Talli, so you deserve some adjustment time! Your wee fella sounds so cute, if tiring at times.

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  40. Ahhh I remember that black hole well! Sometimes I think we still live in it (I know that's not encouraging, sorry!)

    Good luck on that survival, Talli! And try to enjoy it, even when you want nothing more than for it to be over and the 'better' phase to start... it really is amazing how quickly it goes by!

    xx

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  41. Congratulations again, Talli! I'm in the same boat, trying to incorporate our girls into my lifestyle instead of having to shut down everything else just to keep going.

    Be on the watchout for growth spurts. If he starts demanding a feed not long after he's just had one, it could be a sign of it. Our girls are there right now and some days they want nearly constant feeds!

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  42. You'll probably have more time for writing at the moment than in another few months when he's awake longer and wanting entertained. Enjoy!

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  43. Love it! Lobster Baby! I am always amazed by how wide their mouths can open and how far down their throats you can see when they scream! I guess I have that to look forward to soon. I will be shamelessly following your progress, as a How To guide re juggling Motherhood and Writing. No pressure! Sooz

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  44. Yep, you're going to be lacking sleep for a while to come. Hope you succeed with all you have planned.

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  45. I'm impressed with your plans for this year, they sound very sensible and do-able. Love to all of you!

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  46. You are fabulous! With Baby TR and Lobster baby along with having time to post!!! I look forward to another read for my collection. Your writing keeps my spirits up and I love your posts!

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  47. With a new baby, that's ALL you can do.... SURVIVE... It's all about him now. As it should be. LOL.

    Wishing you the VERY best of EVERYTHING in 2013!

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  48. With a new baby, you don't only just survive. You also thrive! Enjoy being a new mommy!

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  49. Good luck wiht it all, Talli and Lobster Baby!

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  50. Lobster Baby, that's a great one! My Jess was like that especially when I was trying to make dinner, and she loved being awake from about 1:00 am -3:00 am! But now she's got her own book. It really does go too fast!

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  51. Happy New Year Talli. I bet baby TR and Lobster Baby will provide you with hours of fun and trouble in the upcoming months. All the best with your writing aims this year.

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  52. Hi Talli! Long time no see...
    You have a lot to reflect on relating to the last year. Happy New Year to your entire family. Especially the new member!

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  53. I am very happy for you and your family Talli. You are wearing lots of hats there for sure. I'll wish you a few extra moments of sleep there.

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  54. Much love to you and Lobster baby! Haha. :)

    Well, the light dusting of snow seems to be set to up its game this weekend! Have to see what world awaits me tomorrow morning, although I think the snow is due from midday... which means I'll be the other side of London, staring out of an office window, thinking eeek!

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  55. Lobster baby. : ) Best wishes with everything!

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  56. Good luck with your goals, Talli! And with the snuggly guy :-)

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