A home office, a baby, a life

So beautifully written, describing thy moment of realisation ‘I’m the adult’ so well. You think it would be a scary moment finally letting go of the very young you and accepting adulthood, but when it happens it’s the most natural thing in the world!

write meg!

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Who knew a room could launch you into adulthood?

I spend a strange amount of time not feeling “old enough.” Not old enough to have a house, a car, credit cards, a checkbook. Not being old enough to have a husband and a baby on the way; not old enough to argue with cable companies and insurance representatives, to be grocery shopping independently and gathering tax documents.

Though I don’t obsess about it, I often feel like I’m glancing over my shoulder — waiting for someone else to swoop in and take care of things. Fix the insurance snafus; adjust the thermostat. Be the adult in the room.

It’s scary to realize you’re the adult present. The one throwing the party, taking the phone calls, signing up for health care. It’s all you.

We have a home office. One with built-in cabinetry, outlets for computers, actual computers, a mug with…

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Good Sleep Hygiene

With children in the house, a good night’s sleep can be a complete luxury. But why therefore, am I left unable to drop off to sleep whilst the children sleep soundly?

Several articles recently have piqued my interest about the effects of blue light on melatonin levels, integral to the body’s ability to sleep well.

Here is a link to a BBC article describing one of the latest published studiesHarvard Medical School e-book research.

So I began my own review of my ‘sleep hygiene’. I first reviewed a number of articles and recommendations. The most helpful I found was from the sleep council:

http://www.sleepcouncil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Get-a-Good-Nights-Sleep.pdf

I find my body is tired but my mind too alert. A symptom possibly of my current situation of being on maternity leave. So I have resolved to write much more regularly, even if it is only briefly in the form of a personal journal. This will help to both use my mind and clear it of worries, doubts and niggles.

Secondly I am terrible for using the ipad or my iphone right up until crawling into bed. How can I ask my body and mind to settle, when it is still receiving such data? So these will be put away at least an hour before bed to remove any bluelight disruption to my body clock.

With any luck this will only leave the unpredictability of waking children!

Non-Fiction Writing

This week’s challenge is to finally draft an article for publication in a professional journal.

This is something which has been on my mind for sometime. It is also something I have been encouraged to do by my peers. Writing about what you do each day, you would think would be easy, but the prospect of scrutiny by your colleagues and peer group, potentially nationally, can make it very daunting indeed!

Preparation will be the key. Research on similar articles and constructive comment from trusted colleagues will be invaluable.  After which I shall tackle it the same way I do with all my writing; swiftly in my trusted notebook during the girls nap time!