Well baby leave is over. Went back to work months ago, and no, I didn't finishing editing my manuscript before. Alas, I spent more of my time enjoying my new daughter. :)
Now I've been back a little over 2 months, and there have been some hurtles, including an extended hospital stay over Labor Day weekend in which we learned our littlest has a milk protein allergy... and thus no more queso, pimento cheese or salted caramel ice cream for Mama! The dairy free diet has been a challenge but more so watching "Moon" as we'll call her trying to learn to take bottles, drink formula and gain weight--that's been the slow and tough uphill battle! She is still working to gain weight but definitely doing better.
But otherwise we as a family of four (+ our fur baby of course) are finding our new, albeit sleep-deprived, rhythm. And I am finding my way back to my writing. I've been able to find some editing time on my regular Wednesday Night Writes with my steady crew of writing friends there, and thus am VERY close to finishing this round of copy edits.
But THEN I've signed up to get a developmental edit at the end of this November with the phenomenal Kimberly Kincaid! Which I am so excited about it. I love her writing style, not to mention her general style and great shoes, and can't wait to see what she thinks of my work. I really just wanted to continue to push my writing to the next level before sending it out into the world. But once I'm through with this round--FOR REAL--I promise I'll be sending it off to agents and editors! Before you know it. And I am so ready for the next stage.