Writing with an infant - AKA Typing one-handed.

So, as many of you know, I have a newborn at home with me. That's one of the reasons I've been so quiet. Trying to work at home with an infant is quite a bit harder than I thought it would be. Babies, especially ones in the 0-3 month range don't really do much. They eat, sleep, and poo. They are really only awake and alert for a few hours at a time during the day. You'd think that would mean I'd have tons of time to work. Here's the reality of it. Sure, Hunter is only really alert a few hours a day, but that doesn't mean that's the only time I am caring for him. He loves to be held 24/7, he nurses on demand, often for a few minutes every hour, and he cat naps 20-40 minutes at a time during the day. Basically, if he is not in my arms or his father's arms, he is not happy. He'd prefer to sleep with us holding him. That means a lot of my work is done one-handed. Even now I'm typing this with my right hand while I'm cradling Hunter in my left. Now, I'm not saying any of this to make excuses. I just want you all to know that I have not forgotten about you or the books. I'm just working a lot slower than I used to.


Chrystalla Thoma said...

Well, sounds like a healthy baby to me! Oh, and when I was a baby my mom was about to write a book called "how to do everything one-handed" because I was only happy when she held me.
So no worries, take the time you need, and best wishes for Hunter!

Larry Kollar said...

Get a sling. Mason slept in it on several occasions while I was typing. Works great & you can nurse in them too. (I can't, for reasons having to do with lack of X chromosomes.)

Katie Salidas said...

I've actually got a sling and a moby wrap. I hate the sling. I just don't feel like he is secure enough in it. If I use the Moby, I have to be standing, otherwise I feel like I'm squishing his feet. I'll get it sorted out eventually. Until then, I just type one handed.

BakingMom said...

Congratulations! And love the name! We just had our last lil man and his first and middle names are is Kyncade Hunter Linn . I can completely understand the nursing holding thing. This very moment is the first time Kyncade has slept in his bed in ages(way to go Daddy)!
I'll wait patiently!

About The Author

Katie Salidas is a USA Today bestselling author and RONE award winner known for her unique genre-blending style.

Since 2010 she's penned five bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, Chronicles of the Uprising, and the all-new Agents of A.S.S.E.T. series. As her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.

In her spare time Katie also produces and hosts a YouTube talk show; Spilling Ink. She also has a regular column on First Comics News where she explores writing from a nerdy perspective.