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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ttallan wrote:

For those moms who've made a successful comics career, how did they do it? Especially when the kids were small?


*holds up hand*

I don't know that "successful" describes my comic (these days I'll settle for "updating"), and there were some massive hiatuses during late pregnancy/early kid days. Even now it only takes a small disruption to throw me off stride. But. Smile

I have a couple of advantages: I work for my family, so I can haul my kid to work with me; and my husband works from home, meaning he's often available for child care. This is a huge deal from a sanity point of view and occasionally I can even carve out a few hours of work time.

The rest has been pure bloody-minded scheduling. The kidlet goes down for the night at seven and wakes up around eight the next morning (seems long, I know, but then she doesn't nap.) This is My Time and as much of it as possible goes to comics -- other things that I can do with a kidlet on the floor, on the bed, or on my back, like cooking and cleaning, get done while she's awake or not at all. I work from seven to eleven or so and then get up at seven am to eke out another hour before I am Mom again. It doesn't always work -- I can count on three, maybe four nights a week where My Time doesn't get eaten by other stuff, and I have the nasty habit of staying up too late (I am less productive at night) and thus losing that short but productive morning time. But it's kept me on a very nearly normal schedule since the beginning of December, so I'll take it.

If it isn't obvious I too would find this a useful site. Very Happy Anyone got any advice on how to keep a mobile ten-month-old from destroying your bookshelves?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We don't have kids, but we do have birds...

Somehow I feel that doesn't count...

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katastrophe



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ttallan wrote:

Wait, is it the books at risk or just the shelves?


Some of the smaller shelves may need to be secured to the wall -- she's at the stage where she wants to pull up on everything (and I do mean everything. Our dog is developing a permanent hunted expression.) But mostly it's the books. They are the most awesome toys EVER, especially since there's such an endless supply to be pulled out onto the floor. I wouldn't mind so much if she didn't insist on tasting them, or if she didn't have such a love of ripping paper. I haven't lost any pages yet, but it's only a matter of time. Razz

On the bright side, she does seem to like reading -- she has her own supply of board books and they fascinate her. She likes it when we read books to her too; my parents have been putting her to sleep with The Jungle Book. Obviously she's still too young to follow a story, but I'm hopeful....
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i would like to say that things would became easier when children grow up... but it would be a lie... i have 2 teenagers..
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a 21 year old a 19 year old a 17 year old a 15 year old a 13 year old and an 11 year old. I don't get why people think having teen-agers is hard. Mine give me no trouble at all.

The bookshelf thing... get the kind of bookcase that has doored cupboards on the bottom, and install baby-proof latches, and/or install doors on your existing shelves. Other than that, move all the books up, and use the space at the bottom for toys.

And yes, DO make sure the bookcases are properly secured.

I used to have a chewed on thesaurus around here. When people saw it, they assumed the dog had been at it. Uh.... no. Dogs have sharper teeth.
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