Monday, November 19, 2007

Pride and Pregnancy...

As most of you know, I'm officially pregnant! (and quite excited, though naturally also quite nervous!) I'm in my sixth week or so (I will get an official count and due date at the doctor next week!) and alternating between feeling great and feeling completely miserable! (sometimes all within the span of a single minute - I kid you not.) Add a couple of well-timed aches, a shortage of Diet Coke, mood swings, and trying not to fall asleep 24/7, my word count is, well...down.

I understand that I need rest, and trust me, I'm getting it! lol But any ideas from those who have been there? From those who understand how my concentration is half of what it used to be and my mind wanders like a puppy after being spun on a hardwood floor? (and usually it wanders straight over to a pregnancy website or some other wealth of - too much! - knowledge!)

Help! I don't want to not write for the next 8 months. I never thought this would be problem - me, the woman whose WIPs tend to never end!! lol I usually have a problem with too much word count than not enough. Procrastination has become my newest, most unwelcome attachment. Does this concentration thing get better or worse as the weeks pass? I'm hacking at my WIP here and there, but its literally mere words every few minutes, or mere words every few hours! At least its something, I suppose.

My perfectionist streak has also kicked in with a vengenance, and wow - its not pretty!! lol Crit partners, beware! =)

My baby better love to read, that's all I can say =P


Erica Vetsch said...

Congratulations, to you and to the DH! How thrilling.

Don't worry about the concentrations. You're supposed to fall asleep at the drop of a hat for the next little while. Most likely after 12 weeks or so, you'll start feeling better.

For now, just be excited, set small, do-able goals, like 500 words a day, or three pages edited, or anything really, then you can feel a sense of accomplishment when you reach them, and if you exceed them for the day, then treat yourself and the baby to a snoopy dance and M & M's.

When I was pregnant with my first, I was a full-time college student, part-time librarian, and prepping for my student teaching...I was wiped out! And I craved oranges. Nothing but oranges, 24/7. I ate so many oranges when I was pregnant, I thought my baby would be born with a peel on her head. I asked the doctor if I should be concerned about the number of oranges I was consuming. He just shrugged and said, "Be grateful. For some women, it's Snicker's bars."

That baby is 15 now, a terrific girl, and no peel. ;)

Georgiana said...

LOL to Erica's comment! I agree with her advice--small, doable goals. At least you're getting something done, and soon you won't be quite as tired. Remember, you're making a whole 'nother person, there's nothing easy about that. So even when you're not doing anything, you're doing something HUGE! I'll bet your writing will come in spurts over the next several months. WHen you feel the urge, run with it!

Pattie said...

Congratulations, Betsy! I'm happy for you! No advice from here...I wasn't writing when I was having babies...I was teaching!

Sarah Kathryn said...

I'm so excited for you! I'm sure you'll get some writing done sometime during the next eight months. Besides, think of this as possible research for future stories. =)