What’s this about?

Sleeping Baby

The people who taught me how to get my babies to sleep told me that sleep begets sleep. I’d have to agree. I also believe that writing begets writing, and to that end have committed to blogging about my process whilst writing a phd with two kids. Kids? Not even. A two and a half year old (from here on out called Monkey) and a six month old (from here on out called Sparrow) who lies sleeping in my arms as I type on my phone, his wheezy bronchialitis breaths pulling his chest open and closed.

I also believe that I can be both a mother and a writer (and so much more) and so I’m bringing myself back to words with all the strength I can muster.

15 responses to “What’s this about?

  1. Thank you!
    I have felt so alone!
    I’m doing honours in Computing at the moment, and finding the time to do ANYTHING study related is a nightmare! The sound of my baby (10 months) boy waking elicits the same response as you described!
    I’m trying to teach him to sleep in his room again after a rather horrible bout of food related eczema… and as a breastfed baby, he too requires lots of cuddle time. Forty-five minute naps don’t provide the time I need to research Augmented Reality and write a thesis… but we’ll get there! Maybe, with your support 🙂

    I also have the same interests in finding an appropriate notebook. I even tried the “Notebook” by circusponies app for my macbook (to be more organised with web clippings etc), but I need paper!

    I hope you find the book, the words, and the time you are looking for! Can’t wait to hear more 🙂

    • Hey Jess,
      thanks so much for your comment. My baby thinks 45 minutes is a long sleep – I so know how you feel. I’m thrilled that you like my blog and am really hoping that it can become a place of mutual support for mums in academia. Do you follow The Thesis Whisperer? Everything I’ve read there has been helpful. There’s a great post about notebooks which was what inspired my notebook post.
      I hope you stay in touch!

  2. Hey Karina,
    I’ve only just realised – I think you were in the same unit as me at Melbourne Uni last year, Contested Sites? I found your blog because of the MWF unblogging thing – well done, by the way, and have a great time going to lots and lots of sessions – but I only just realised that I know you. After reading your post from May I see you’re now at La Trobe, as am I…
    Seems the world of the internet is not so large afterall!

    • Hey Suzi, yep that’s me 🙂 what are you doing at Latrobe and how are you finding it? Are you going to mwf? Maybe we’ll run into each other there or on campus. Love a small world!

  3. I’m doing a Masters (by coursework) – post-Honours I wasn’t quite ready to take the PhD path just yet and am hoping to get work as a journalist next year. I love Latrobe, really enjoying it!

    I went to lots of MWF events last year and it was great inspiration for my honours! This year I’m only booked for one – and yes, keep an eye out for me on campus, I’d love to hear more about your PhD… 🙂

  4. So glad to find you (and read you) just finished my masters coursework (tonight in fact) and am upgrading to the phd program at UNE next year…I have 4 kidlets (2 stepgals, 6 yo daughter and 1 year old son)…look forward to reading x

  5. So glad I found you (okay, you found me…)– thanks for the link, too!

  6. hi Karina I am a mom attempting to do her Phd, in South Africa, so glad I found your blog. I am going to follow it, so excited!

    • Hello and hooray! I started this blog so #phdparents could congregate, share survival tips, and generally support each other through the phd process. The average age of an Australian phd student is 37, so there are a lot of us with kids. What I know so far is this: having way less time makes me extremely productive in the time I do have. Lovely to have you about 🙂

  7. Hello, and soooo happy to find you! I’m in Newcastle, UK, have just started my PhD and have a 3 and 5 year old. It’s hard sometimes- but every time I find another mother who is doing a PhD with small kids, I do a little happy dance. I’m following you now!

    • You can do it Jen! My supervisor reckons I get more done in 3 short days a week than other students without kids do in 5. Not big noting myself, just think it’s a function of having such limited time. Focus isn’t optional. Also when people look at me like I’m crazy I tell them this: my PhD gives more than it takes. Go you 🙂

  8. I read this page while my 4yo son has a coughing fit in the next room. A few mins of administering his asthma puffer/spacer, moving him to my room and waiting for him to settle back to sleep and then Im back at my laptop. Im doing an honours research degree at Melb Uni and its so good to connect with fellow mothers/students! All the best 🙂

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