Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Mummy Love

Being a mummy right now is great. More than great in fact.

Got my all clear from the docs and determined to stop pushing myself and try to take things a bit easier (I'm bad at push/push/pushing for more).
Time to stop and smell the flowers - and enjoy precious moments of watching baby grow!
Eldest daughter has calmed (all hail Dr Tanya Byron - her Little Angels tips are working!)
Baby Esme is growing as big as a prize pumpkin in the run up to the county fair - and her baby coos and ahs are a delight to behold (heart-melting stuff).
And in a couple of weeks time my lovely dh is off work - when we plan to hold a daughter birthday party at the beach, get pro photos of the girls done (some Xmas present pre-planning), catch up with some friends we haven't seen in ages and HOPEFULLY catch up on some much yearned for ZZZZZs.

Bliss.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Passing Through


Feeling better.
Got a lovely pressie today from my Aunty from Spain - a baby bib with Esme Kate embroidered on it ( easily pleased? Yus sur!)
Check out the word worm - it's gone up (well erm I cheated and lowered my target - but I've finished off the chapter so it's not all forgery!) 9 per cent!

Just wrote another short story and hoping it will be liked/accepted etc. Aiming to send off soon.

Went to baby massage classes with baby - she loved, she cooed, she passed out like a narcoleptic on the floor!

Am reading Dr Tanya Byron and practicing being the cool mummy guru of calm 'non-reaction' during intense bouts of four year old 'rousing' tantrums and misbehaviour! It's kinda working, I think. Let's just say the words 'Go to your bedroom now please' said in a zen like tone are featuring heavily. Ooooom!
Oh and Pip's got some exciting news coming up at her blog...doh! I wanna know all now. jx
P.S. Apols to Nat for not being a very good Crit Partner lately (no time) but I'm LOVING YOUR WORK babe.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

More Than Tired...

It seems I underestimated the tired thing. It's more than tired, it's achy bones, joints that hurt when I move and a feeling like I want to curl in a ball and wake up better. It's sweating in the night to an extent never experienced before...heck I just thought it was the weather.
So to cut to the chase we've now worked out I have the virus too and so does DH. Thank you Mother. Ugh. Keeping it in the family sometimes sucks.
jx

Friday, July 20, 2007

Dog Tired

Tonight I am DOG TIRED.
This has been the first week with me flying solo with baby and daughter as Mum caught a virus and got time off for good behaviour. And I'm EXHAUSTED. A new kind of whole body tired I have NEVER experienced before.
How did Maria manage with all the Von Trapps??? And she still had the energy to flirt with the Captain and to climb mountains?!? A proverbial wonder woman.
If I get a guitar and dress my kids in clothes made from curtains will it help me manage single-handed childcare better? Please answer no.
Needless to say I've just ordered Dr Tanya Byron's 'Little Angels' book - yep, it's that bad! jx

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Going Up...


Sorry I'm so boring right now. Not much give in my life.
But see my wordy worm...it's rising...
As is baby's weight...10lb14oz.
Up, up, up. jx

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Hi Five!

It may not seem much...but I've done five per cent on the new wip (see sidebar worm counter). And five per cent is better than none. Thanks to early to beds with a supply of chocolate I'm hoping to keep the pace up - maybe I'll finish half way by Xmas?

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Writing Progress

Three bits of writing progress to report:-

  • I wrote the first instalment about hero Eddie.
  • I got paid for my short story that's coming out in Candis Magazine in September.
  • The eEds at Mills and Boon have responded to my email re my full mss missing in action for six months - I'm to expect a reply this month. Erk.

Good show.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Who Loves Ya Baby?


Er...call me unobservant. My hubbie has gone back to work and I'm minding the kidlets with Mum's help 'til I'm back behind the wheel after the op. Anyway - husband observes tonight - 'our baby has lost half her hair - I wonder what it will be like when it grows back?'.


Hate to say it. I've been so busy. Immersed in feeds and all manner of motherly duties. But I HADN'T NOTICED.


Am I a bad mummy? My month old baby girl has LOST HALF OF HER hair (the front half) and I missed it.


And should I be worrying incase it doesn't come back? Paranoid - me?!? Never!


Sunday, July 08, 2007

What a Mighty Good Man!












I can honestly hear you gasp with awe at the pics. Gerry Butler at his finest.

And I'm using these two pics as inspiration for my new hero Eddie T - I'm just about to write him now.

What a corker! I'm loving writing this book lots. Who cares if no-one wants it when there's this much fun to be had just doing prep! jx

P.S. I learned y'day that Gerry's fave place in Scotland is Glencoe - the same as me! Could this guy be any more sublime???

Friday, July 06, 2007

Big Bertha

I'm very proud of my feeding effort. My baby weighs...wait for it...wait for it...
9lb 131/2 oz!! She's a bouncing happy feeder. Blame her daddy's genes. jx

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Gerard Butler Refresher






I've been checking out the wonderful 25th Title Blog Party over at Kate Hardy's blog. There's guest spots from loads of lovely authors and giveaways so it's well worth a visit.

Anyway - Kate needs an intro to stellar hero favourite (of mine and Flutter and many other hot blooded panting ladies) GERARD BUTLER of Phantom fame. So here's some pics...

Lovely isn't he?

jx

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Hello Holidays


Tomorrow is the start of the school Summer holidays.

Shame the Scottish weather is far from summery.

Ah well...no writing time to be had. But hopefully time for kidlet fun. I'm also very excited - just got the two next Posie Graeme Evans books in the trilogy to read (The Beloved and The Exiled). I can't wait! Even better I found some time to blitz write the first scene of my new book, it's called A Man For Morven :)


P.S. The caption to this photo should read - I wish I was getting as much sleep as she is.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Eureka!

I'm excited - just had a great burst of creative juice to get writing a new story! Which is unfortunate because I really have no time right now. Baby is hungry and needs me every spare moment I have while oldest daughter needs me even more (she's going through a little sibling spat which will come right in the end but needs loads of patience, time and love right now!)

However I'm still excited. I can't wait to write. Even if I'm slow and can't devote much time. It's wonderful to feel so driven to get this story down and I'm grateful just for that.

In other news - if you don't already know about them then I wholeheartedly point you in the direction of Trevarno in Helston Cornwall's amazing organic skincare stuff. I've used Trevarno for about six years now after discovering them whilst on holiday. They produce amazing organic and natural soaps and skincare that turned my skin around (I've struggled for years with hard to manage skin and Trevarno miraculously cured its ills).

Anyway - baby Esme is suffering a bout of bad baby acne and when I went to order some Trevarno baby camomile soap there was none to be had. But the lovely people at Trevarno pulled the stops out today and are sending me some especially for the babe. How nice is that?

What groovy people they are.
Go buy some - you won't regret it! In fact I guarantee you'll be back for more.