Monday, July 14, 2014

It's in the Bag -- the Diaper Bag, That is...

by Edie Bryce
Office Manager at Zydeco Cakes
A Piece of Cake Mystery Series
by Jacklyn Brady


Sorry I'm late getting this post up today. I've been busy organizing my schedule. Not my schedule for today, mind you. I've got today under control. No problem at all. I'm talking about my schedule for the future.


As some of you know, I'm expecting my first baby in a few months. At first I was okay with the idea of becoming a new mother, and then I started reading and researching and got a little freaked out by all of the stuff a new mother has to know and do. I mean, there's all this stuff you can't eat while you're pregnant and all this stuff you shouldn't eat when you're nursing, and there's the whole question of whether to nurse or not which, if you ask some people, isn't a question at all. They say that anybody with any sense of responsibility will breast feed. Except what if the idea of nursing your baby makes you so nervous you can't even think straight? What then?

And it doesn't stop with everything you need to know and do. There's a ton of stuff you have to buy! Already my house looks like some kind of warehouse with boxes of diapers and baby clothes and baby carriers and baby seats and blankets all over the place -- and the baby isn't even here yet. I can see how things might get out of hand, but I'm determined not to let that happen.

I'm telling you, it could get a little daunting if you're not on top of your game. Fortunately for me, organization happens to be my strong suit. I've decided that really, it's all just a matter of getting your ducks in a row. And since rounding up "ducks" and putting them in a nice orderly row is what I do all day, every day at Zydeco, I should have this baby business in the bag.

So I've been working on my routine for the time after the baby gets here and I'm off work. I've created a very reasonable schedule that the baby should be able to stick to with very little trouble at all. I've allowed for plenty of sleep for both of us and I've incorporated time to eat, rock, and help the baby with its physical and mental development. I've wedged in a few minutes every day to pick up whatever mess might accumulate, but I plan to stay on top of that as I go.

Really, I think I've managed to work in time for everything both the baby and I will need. I realize it might take a few days for the baby to adjust to the schedule. After all, the hospital will have started out with a very different schedule than the one I'm creating. But I don't anticipate a long adjustment period. (This will be my baby, after all, so he or she will be highly intelligent and naturally prone to living an organized life.)

This has gone so well, maybe I should start a side business helping other new mothers organize their lives. I think people would find that helpful, don't you?

Don't forget to enter our Cozy Days of Summer giveaway. Jacklyn is giving away your choice of any book from the Piece of Cake series (except Rebel Without a Cake, which won't be out until September.) Leave a comment before midnight tonight for a chance to win. At the stroke of 12:00 the next drawing begins.

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Jacklyn Brady lives on the Gulf Coast and writes the Piece of Cake Mystery series which is set in New Orleans and features cake artist and trained pastry chef, Rita Lucero.

Rebel Without a Cake, book #5 in the Piece of Cake Mystery Series, is available for pre-order now! Jacklyn loves to hear from readers. Connect with her on the web: Website | Facebook | Twitter

photo credit (bottles): shevoo via photopin cc
photo credit (ducks): docoverachiever via photopin cc

67 comments:

  1. Of course, all babies will follow a schedule...their own. They are very good at training us. And, we love it. I would love to win a copy of one of the books in the Piece of Cake series. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, say it isn't so, Linda! My baby would never be so stubborn as to insist on its own schedule!

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  2. Congratulations and best wishes. Babies are very unique and demanding so perhaps sometimes we will have to deviate from a schedule. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. LOL, saubleb. Frankly, I can't wait to see how Edie responds to having this baby!

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  3. Congrats

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  4. Congratulations! Enjoy your pregnancy and do what's right for you. Don't worry about what "they" say.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Rita. I think that's great advice!

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  5. Congratulations! And thanks for the chance to win a book.
    Dnrocker@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks Dawn, and good luck in the drawing!

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  6. I hate to tell you, but your schedule will disappear the minute that darling baby arrives!
    I have read all but the first book in your series - good stuff!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I've tried telling Edie the same thing, but she refuses to listen to me. Maybe you'll have better luck than I have.

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  7. Congratulations! And good luck with that schedule thing. You are already telling that baby what the schedule is, aren't you? So he/she knows ahead of time? And yes, you should go into business to help other new moms work out their schedules. Everyone would be so much less sleep-deprived!

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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    1. At last! Someone who understands! That's exactly what I've been saying.

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  8. Well, Edie, your schedule may work just fine for a baby and character in a book {but I don't think it's going to - lol }. but real life babies tend to follow their own schedule and call their own shots. Our granddaughter is expecting her first in October; that baby is going to be a life changer [as are all babies :) ], but we'll all love him.
    Looking forward to digging into the Piece of Cake series.
    donna{dot}durnell{at}sbcglobal{dot}net

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    1. I'm discovering what happens as I write, Donna, so I can't say with any certainty -- but I suspect you're right. I don't think Edie's schedule will work in fiction any better than it would in reality. Congratulations on the great-grandbaby!

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  9. Congratulations! Enjoy and love every minute of this sweetness. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. Babies only follow their own schedules.

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    1. LOL Sandy. Edie has a lot to learn, I think, and some disappointment in her future.

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  11. I have the first in the series but haven't read it yet. I didn't know that there were four already. I don't know anything about babies. I only have cats, and no children.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. LOL Michelle. Cats can compare to babies in some ways, although cats are so independent they're not a lot alike. My dog (who died just a couple of months ago, sniff!) was more babylike, I think. My current furline companion is Tinkerbell, so named because she flies around the house...a lot!

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  12. Congrats. I read the first two books in that series.
    Vikiwilson@outlook.com

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    1. Thanks Viki. I hope you enjoyed them!

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    2. Certainly did. A little behind in them as I have an almost one year old that sometimes keep me from reading!!!

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  13. I love the idea of a cake mystery series. Unfortunately, I haven't read any books from the series.

    When it comes to being a new mom, FORGET about what anyone says to you. DON'T go online looking for stuff. And NEVER EVER compare yourself to any other mother. All of this is stuff, I wish I would have known. Good luck.

    kvmatlock(at)gmail(dot)come

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    1. Great advice, Kim. It's really easy to become overwhelmed as a new mother.

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  14. Love this series, and Edie, my sister-in-law gave me the best advice, just when you have a baby's schedule figured out...they will change it...she was so right, lol. Baby books give helpful basics but remember, every baby is individual, they can't and won't be pigeonholed, follow your instincts and you'll be fine.
    momzillasteel@gmail.com

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    1. Great advice, Debbie. And you're right: maternal instinct is invaluable.

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  15. Wow, sounds great. Would love to win a copy of one of these books. Good luck with your schedule and the baby.

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  16. Forgot to put kphans08@gmail.com

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  17. Good luck with that schedule, Edie, I don't have human kids of my own, but from what I hear, you'll need it!

    cozyupwithkathy at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Katreader! Just between you and me, I never thought I'd have human kids of my own. This is all a bit of a shock.

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  18. Certainly hope the ducks in a row are a help! And congrats on the exciting news! Glad you have time to still write a bit, too! Thanks!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks JHolden. I expect I'll have plenty of time to write once the baby gets here. I'll just be home, off work ... looking forward to the rest.

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  19. I haven't read any books in this series but plan to do so soon. Good luck on the "schedule". My first born had no schedule unless you consider being fed every 1-2 hrs and crying all the time. It was a nightmare and there were days I wished I could have given her away.

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    1. Having that first baby is a culture shock, for sure. I think we'd do new mothers a service to tell them there will be days like that and assure them that being frustrated doesn't make you a bad mother. It makes me sad to see some new mom struggling with all her feelings and, on top of that, thinking there's something wrong with her for feeling them.

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  20. Congratulations! My schedule flew out the window when my son was born. I left my full-time job and thought I'd have all this extra time to write while he napped. He had colic and never napped. Needless to say, it was a rough first year, but after that every year since has been wonderful. You'll enjoy being a mom!
    Sandra M
    sa7mrt@aol.com

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    1. Sandra, your comment brought back memories, but not with my first baby. There were 12 years between my first and second kid, so I conveniently forgot reality when #2 came along. I honestly thought I'd be able to write in all that time I'd have off work. Snort! Twenty years later, I found out you can't write when the grandbabies are around, either.

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  21. Congratulations! I love this series and I love cake :) areewekidding@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you Robyn! I love that you love this series and cake :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. I'm glad you are getting those ducks in a row---but the baby might get things out of order for a little bit.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. I'm just beginning to wade through this experience with Edie and I suspect you're right!

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  23. Sounds like a great series! I love cozies that revolve around food!

    spigootz9@hotmail.com

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  24. Congrats on the little one on the way! Things will come together. :) bubs(dot)girl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. Congrats !!!!!!!

    xzjh04@ gmail.com

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  26. Congrats! Raquel36m(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Congrats, and thanks for the giveaway! angelamcrae at charter dot net

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  28. Awwww. Happy Baby!
    afarage (at) earthlink.net

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  29. Schedule, organized...mothers are wetting their pants from laughing so hard

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    1. LOL. Your comment made me laugh out loud -- literally.

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  30. Glad it is you having the baby and not me. My boys are 18 and 24. Hope to win a book.
    Thereadmaster(at)me(dot)com

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    1. I feel exactly the same way Virginia!

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  31. HAHAHA! You are funny! I hope you are open to schedule flexibility!! Babies MAKE their own schedules...we parents are just along for the ride!! But...trying to get ahead of the game is good..having all the things you need, learning how to use them....You will be your own deciding factor when it comes time...for whatever you choose to do with your baby....and your baby will let you know too.Observation..is a mom's best assest....good luck! Have fun.......
    the3beersus@yahoo.com

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    1. I suppose I can be open to schedule flexibility -- to a point. :D

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  32. Let me guess, this is your first pregnancy. You have it all scheduled so the baby should have no trouble keeping it. Yeah, let me know how that goes.

    DelAnne
    InspirationalAngel@hotmail.com

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    1. LOL DelAnne, I think we'll all be finding out how that goes in THE CAKE OF MONTE CRISTO. I suspect Edie will be in for a few surprises.

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  33. Any chance the post stayed open to entries a little longer since it didn't go live until so late in the day. It's still not midnight my time (Southern CA).

    carstairs38 at gmail

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    1. Of course, Mark. Just don't tell anyone :) My policy is once time-challenged, always time challenged. It's only fair.

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