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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Break (02/06/06)

TITLE: My Drug of Choice
By Georgiana Daniels


The sound of my baby girl rousing in the next room jolts me from a fitful sleep. I try to block it out for a few more minutes, but her stirring is magnified by the monitor at my bedside. My eyes feel as though theyve been glued shut, and I dont want to peel them apart. The pangs of an early morning headache start to chisel away at my skull.

I think its time to get up. My husband Troy rolls over toward me, half of his face sinking into the pillow.

I cant. I squint my eyes against the morning light. My energy is sapped, and Id do anything to stay hidden under the covers after being up three times last night.

I believe Im in the advanced stages of sleep deprivation. The only thing I can focus on is the pain pounding at the base of my head in time to my heartbeat. When I try to sit up, the pain bullies its way to the front, and it feels like Im wearing a helmet thats too tight.

Under doctors orders Ive renounced my addiction; Ive been clean since noon yesterday. He warned me that Id go through withdrawals-a throbbing headache the most prominent symptom-but, I didnt know it would be this bad.

What time is it?

Six-thirty, Troy says, craning his neck to see the clock.

My body is pleading with me. Cant I have just a little this morning? I ask, peeking out from under the blanket.

He stares at me, a frown wrinkling his brow. No.

Thats it? No?

Its not good for the baby. You have to put the baby first.

I always put the baby first. But the withdrawals are worse than I thought theyd be.

Maggie, Im not going to argue with you about it. Just take my advice and get over it.

Get over it? Its easy for Mr. Early Morning Sunshine to say, but hes an anomaly.

Its such a hard habit to break, I say, as I sit up and untwist my nightgown. My head hurts, and Im so tired. Itll only get worse if I cant have some.

Think of the baby, he says. Maybe breastfeeding isnt for you.

What? You think I should stop nursing?

No, but I do think you should cut out the caffeine, just like the doctor said. Its your choice, but you know it makes the baby irritable.

I sigh. What about half-caff? Ill do half decaffeinated, and half regular.

He sits up on the edge of the bed, and leans over to give me a morning-breath kiss. Nope.

As I hear my baby start to cry, my body responds, ready to nourish. Only for her will I give up my drug of choice.

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Lisa Anderson02/13/06
Truly a cute story - I will have to keep that in mind next month after my first child is born. It is amazing what a mother will do for their baby. Just in the past 8 months I have given up so many of my daily delights. I forgot that it doesn't end at their birth.
Nina Phillips02/15/06
Ewww...don't I remember that headache. I found that taking Theragram with the minerals, A to Zinc really knocks those headaches. Good story, and writing. God bless ya, littlelight
Jan Ackerson 02/16/06
Very cute.
Shari Armstrong 02/17/06
LOL - thankfully I never was addicted to that drug, so it wasn't hard to avoid while pregnant/nursing. My hubby on the other hand went cold turkey after Eileen was born. We discovered it was causing him to have low blood pressure and pass out! Well done!
Maxx .02/18/06
This is very well written. Great dialogue and real characters. You did well!
Brandi Roberts02/20/06
Heheheh well written! I liked this, Georgiana! (BTW - the novel is coming along quite nicely, I just finished Chapt. 3 - where "Georgiana Daniels" makes her first appearance :P )