My new granddaughter makes a lot of noises when she sleeps. We didn’t have monitors “in my day.” I never heard all these little grunts and groans and growing pains from my kids once they were in their own room. Sheesh! It certainly keeps a person up at night. She doesn’t like to burp either, and of course, you can’t explain to babies the sour connection between not burping and spitting up.

As with all things, balance is the key. How can you nap when the baby naps? It is the only time you really can get anything done. Babies do teach you to “let go” of some non-essentials. The problem is staying true to what makes you happy – and balancing that with sleep and the fact that the time to do things for yourself just evaporated – gone with the wind – because while the actual might only take fifteen minutes, the burping, changing, etc. have to happen and suddenly it is an hour and a half later. And then there is the new-born laundry!

I have been working steadily on Compass Point, as much screen time as my eyes allow for. I am writing a character out of 85% of her scenes and that takes a lot of time. A lot of ‘we’ or ‘they’ has to be changed to ‘he.’ It is definitely taking more time than I thought it would. So far, though, what I hoped to accomplish by doing this has happened, so all for the good.

Oh oh, I’m hearing a squeak, now it’s a grunt, oh yeah, won’t be long now. Even picture perfect babies spit up, cry, and poop in their diapers. Ah life! I am so glad I get to be a part of this. What else would I torture the grandkids with later when I want them to help me bake cookies? Speaking of which, I made a new batch of Crunch Drop cookies.

and so goes my waist line…

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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