It's now obvious: I've got a nut in the shell! Mr. G and I are happy, excited, and terrified. Mostly happy. I'm nearing the end of my first trimester, and we have already heard a strong heartbeat at the OB's office. Our little family is growing!
From now on, this blog will continue to focus on writing, but it will also discuss a writing parent's juggling act of family, work, and personal wellness. In my opinion, all three aspects of a writer's life must be healthy for the good of the others.
Notice I didn't include "fun" in that trio. That's because writing parents don't have time for fun.
Heh, just kidding! I think...
Anyway, pregnancy so far has made me feel tired and preoccupied enough that I have been taking a break from working on my novel. But this event has also given me a sense of urgency to complete as much as I can before the birth, when I will certainly have less time to devote to writing.
So, I'm waiting patiently for the sluggish, nauseous, breathless first trimester to end and the glowing, energetic, magical-super-power-enhanced second trimester to begin (around the Fourth of July). If I receive these legendary benefits of pregnancy, it will be a great time for me to get ahead on my novel and other writing projects.
Already, this pregnancy has been a perfect opportunity to focus on my physical health. I'm avoiding many foods, products, and activities that could be harmful to a gestating baby. I've been taking my vitamins and trying to keep up my belly dance exercises as much as possible. All this detoxing and healthy living is good for me and the menfolks in my house, too. And I will probably reap the benefits of feeling great when I get back to writing.
Lately, I've been keeping my eyes open for a prenatal belly dance class in town. YouTube lessons are great, but I would like to get some professional instruction so I can take my dance skills to a higher level, without hurting myself. I've been having some ligament aches and pains already, which are wonderfully alleviated by gentle hip circles and other rounded motions.
As my life becomes more complex, I feel that I need to become more simple and efficient to manage it. So I keep three priorities in mind: family, self, and writing, and I try to live in ways that benefit all three. Prenatal belly dance will help soothe my child and ease birth, and it will also keep my body strong and able to recover quickly afterwards. And physical exercise of any kind increases blood flow to the brain and makes me mentally sharper. So even though I'm not writing at the moment, I suppose I'm getting in shape for it.
Meanwhile, writing moms and dads, you are my inspiration and proof that it can be done! You are truly magical beings, able to create with both the mind and the body. I feel like I have plenty of good company in the bloglands as I go on this new journey, wondering what I will produce first: a finished novel or a family member?