My daughter is almost 7 months old now, and is sleeping through basically every night. With this new development comes new freedom. For what feels like my whole life, but could not have been any longer than 7 months, my evenings would go something like this:
4:00-6:00 Cook dinner
6:00-6:30 Eat dinner
6:30-7:00 Walk in circles holding baby
7:00-8:00 Put baby to bed
8:00-8:30 Clean kitchen
8:30-9:00 Sit on couch and stare at TV for 30 minutes (if lucky)
9:00-9:30 Shower, maybe
9:30-10:00 Go to sleep
Now, she’s going to sleep with nearly no problem, so I’m done with that by 7:30. Half of the time my husband does it, so I can get straight to the cleaning. There’s no extended period of re-entering her room due to wailing, she pretty much just sleeps.
This means I have more time in the early evening, which is fantastic. Also, since I’m no longer waking up to feed her several times during the night, I don’t have to go to bed so early. My revised bedtime? 11pm!
What to do with my time from 8pm until 11? Well, some of the time is reserved for showering. I hope to make that a more regular occurrence. It’s shameful that it’s a goal, but hell. New moms have some leeway there, right? Some of the extra time will no doubt go to TV watching. I’d love to say otherwise, but I’m nothing if not honest. The rest of my time? Well, I plan to try to write more. Having my evenings back makes me feel a lot less overwhelmed, and I’ve been itching to get my blog back on the road. Of course there are no promises, I don’t want to set myself up for failure. But since it’s NaBloPoMo now is as good a time as any.
As for their (crappy) question, “What is your favorite part about writing” I would have to say this: My favorite thing is simply having the time to do it.