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This post is part of my 31 Days of 5 Minute Free Writes. See my first post if you haven't heard of 5 minute free writes.

As soon as my baby is born, it starts. My precious little one is hours old and they are stirring, moving, searching for milk, sustenance, and comfort. I am sore, tired, and can't quite work how to make the logistics of moving my post-c-section body move, but I try. I can do anything for my baby. I heave my aching body onto a side, push onto an arm, and reach to gather my baby close. I don't want to move. It hurts, but it would hurt more to hear my baby cry. Weeks later, I'm healing, and just as I begin to fall asleep at night, my baby moves. They start to wake, asking for comfort, a feed, a change. I don't want to move. I want to sleep, but I quietly sigh and gather my baby close. I undo my top and begin to feed them, whispering gently words of love, despite the lingering aches and pains and exhaustion.

For the month of October, I am going to take part in a writing challenge. Every day, I'll be doing a 5 minute free write. If you aren't familiar with free writing, here's the definition as given by Wikipedia: "Free writing is a prewriting technique in which a person writes continuously for a set period of time without regard to spelling, grammar, or topic. It produces raw, often unusable material, but helps writers overcome blocks of apathy and self-criticism. It is used mainly by prose writers and writing teachers. Some writers use the technique to collect initial thoughts and ideas on a topic, often as a preliminary to formal writing. Free writing is not the same as automatic writing."