Exciting Non-Writing Related News to Announce!

SleepsuitsMany of you who follow my blog already know my happy news but I thought I would officially announce that Nik and I are expecting a baby in February! It’s taken just over four years to get to this point and there’s been a lot of disappointment and heartache along the way but at last we can look forward to the future and the arrival of a little son or daughter in four months time! We had the 20 week anomaly scan yesterday which showed one very lively baby who just wouldn’t stay still for the lady doing the scan. Everything looked normal – heart, lungs, brain and spine plus all arms, legs, fingers and toes were accounted for. To say we were relieved is an understatement. Now all we need to do is get cracking finishing decorating our bedroom, turning our spare room into a nursery and generally sorting the house out. Oh, and buying stuff of course. We’d resisted buying anything as we wanted to make sure everything was okay first but yesterday I bought three very cute sleepsuits (see the photo).

I say the news is not writing related but in many ways it is. I now have a very real deadline to get things done, not least of which is to finish Time Shifters in preparation for publishing it in January (there will be no hope if I leave it until after the baby’s born). To launch Time Shifters will be a massive achievement, particularly as that will mean I’ll have published two novels in less than a year. Not bad going (and about time) considering I started writing The Butterfly Storm in 2004 and Time Shifters in 2008.

On top of that I have grand plans to start not one but two new novels. I’ve already made a start on Time Shifters – A Long Way From Home and plan to take part in NaNoWriMo next month to see just how much I can get written. I also want to get stuck into a new contemporary women’s fiction novel, The House of Stone. I’ve got a rough synopsis and just need to start putting words down. As for what happens writing-wise once our little one makes an appearance, who knows, (but I imagine not a lot for a fair few months!) so I want to get as much done as possible before then.

For a year that didn’t start off well 2013 has turned out to be incredible in more ways than one, and as for 2014, well that promises to be even more exciting.

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  1. Eee, congratulations Kate! Very exciting news! 😀

  2. Have been offline for a while, but so excited to open it up and find this very excellent news! Congratulations to you both. Take care and all the best!

    • Thank you so much Raewyn! Have missed you – feels like you’ve been offline for ages (which I guess you have!). Hope everything’s been going well and you’ve got lots of writing done.

      • Missed you too and hoping to be back online soon! I wish I had done lots of writing *sighs* – just lots of life stuff. (Nowhere near as exciting as your life stuff though). By the way the sleepsuits look so cute… how I miss baby stuff… I remember I got a bit carried away when I was pregnant with my first and bought heaps of cute little outfits – including some v soft little pants the label described as a ‘jogger’. I know they can be active, but can’t ever imagine a newborn jogging…

        Really really thrilled for you. Enjoy this exciting time!

        • It’ll be great to have you back online sometime soon! Doing life stuff is a necessity at times and hopefully you’ll be able to get on with the writing again. Joggers for a newborn – lol! The sleepsuits are so cute. I’m hoping because we’ve not found out if we’re having a boy or a girl that I won’t go crazy buying cute little things. As for what happens once he/she is born… well, we’ll see! x

  3. Congrats on your baby news, Kate. Now you’ll have to write a picture book for your son or daughter.

  4. Yay Kate such wonderful news (which I kind of knew already but it’s still great!). Hope all the preparations for the imminent arrival of a little person are going well. Looking forward to catching up with you soon. xx

    • Thanks Elaine! Lots of preparation to do but it’s very exciting and I can’t wait to meet our ‘little person’ in just a few months time. xx

  5. Congratulations Kate! I’m so excited for you both – or should that be all three of you? Now, try and put your feet up and rest if you can. When the baby comes you’ll wish you had, believe me 😉 Love Jo xxx

    • Thanks Jo! There seems a huge amount of things to do before our baby arrives but yes, putting my feet up and resting must also be included on that ‘to do’ list! xx

  6. *cue repetitive music* Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, BAAAAAAYbeeeeee. 😀
    My first ran away from the ultrasound when the technician went to look. She held very still for the “exam” part of the ultrasound, but when the monitor moved over her little area there, she flipped. The technician actually jumped a little. :-)

    • He he! It’s so exciting we’re having a baaaybeeee! :-)

      I had to get up and wiggle about to see if our little baby would move positions so the technician could finish the rest of the scan and see his/her feet properly. And he/she obliged. I found it incredible to see how much our baby was moving around. A right little wriggler!

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