Saturday, April 17, 2010

I may look good pregnant, but trust me pregnancy is not my friend

Bed Rest Is Not For Wimps II

So it happened. They said the "B" word at my last appointment which has landed me back on my couch for some R and R, Food Network station, and boredom. I am officially on bedrest. I was allowed to work this Friday with orders to not return until after babies were born. Well, I am thankful for a lot of things regardless of the doctor's orders. Like, we got to have a great 1 year birthday celebration for the boys, we took family and maternity pictures, I had a fun girls night without any children, I have been able to care for the boys into my pregnancy, I have was able to stay at work and will be on leave for fewer months than last time, and I really learned how to appreciate the smaller things like going to the mall, sitting outside in the garage with Brett, pumping gas, visiting Lanesboro, meeting friends out for dinner, and so much more. You don't realize how much you miss these things until you are no longer allowed to do them. Luckily I already had the lengthy bedrest experience so I was grateful for all the past months that I had freedom from my house and was still pregnant. Honestly, I didn't expect to get away scotch free without bedrest, but there was a part of me that was hoping to at least get into the month of May. I was riding the line at every doctor appointment and now I have fallen off the wagon. I was grateful to make it into work on Friday for one last day. Besides all the loose ends and responsibility hand offs I was able to say "see ya later" to a few people. Notice I didn't say, "good-bye". The bedrest word was way less traumatic this time. Really the hardest thing about this second round is that I can't care for the boys like I would like to. Don't get me wrong, I will also miss cleaning the kitchen floor and doing laundry, but really I will miss my hands on time with my boys. Don't worry, Brett is giving them extra attention to make up for my lack. We do get a lot of face time when I am on the couch and they come to the edge and play. It is hard for them to understand that they can't always come up on the couch to play as they extend their arms towards me. E and B fortunately will not even remember these next few weeks. The good news is that they did schedule my cesarean for June 2nd. So if you think about it the longest that I will be on bedrest for is 6 weeks. That is a lot different than 16 weeks (yes that was how many weeks I was on bedrest last time). There is always that chance that we can deliver early but I am aiming for the scheduled date. We hope to still deliver at Methodist and we have to be at least 32 weeks. Ideally we would have about the same experience with the boys and not have a NICU stay.

Wondering what I will be up these next few weeks? Well, Nanny Molly is going to keep taking care of the boys Monday-Wednesday. We are lucky to have family and friends help care for the boys on Thursdays and the Fridays that Brett as to work. Grandma Lamon is coming up to get some quality time with her boys. Since we have all his help for E and B I find myself with all this free time to do whatever I can from the comfort of my bed or couch. There is sure to be a lot of Food Network on in the background, some baby books that need updating and the girls need to be started, and I have a few knitting and crocheting projects that I wasn't sure if I was ever going to have time for. I think my doctor knew about my project list and felt that the only way for me to accomplish all of this was on bedrest. I have already made some progress on the projects. I'll give you an update later.

Basement....well this project is coming along thanks to my dad, his friend, Brett, and some hired help. Brett is now in charge of everything so the basement project is a time consuming task that he doesn't have time for. There has been some progress and just this week our fireplaces were installed. We have fire! Again, I'll update you later on this.

Brett....well the man of Lamon/Scott household. He is now the keeper and do-er of everything. Lots of meal preparations and late night grocery trips are in his future. I am sure that he will take this moment to shine. He does a great job with the boys and caring for me. He even managed to make it to the driving range. You can have a little sympathy for him but don't worry he will squeeze in some personal time.

That is the update on us. I have an appointment on Monday and can give you more details then.


Anonymous said...

You look beautiful!

Tanya J-S said...

Ahhh the B word, sorry to hear the news but glad to hear it isn't for too long!

I truly feel your ache to take care of the boys. While on BR, I had a basket of books at my side, ready for any moment of "downtime" my toddler had so I could cuddle and read to her. Now some of my favorite 2nd pregnancy memories are of all the books we read together during that time. I still have some of them memorized.

On the flip side, she was in a big Nemo phase so she would also sit still with me to watch that movie. I have reached my life-time quota of that film, but it was worth every moment to be close to her!

You are on my mind- I am thinking of you & wishing you all the best gentle cuddling with the boys as the girls finish "cooking" :)

Aunt M said...

Sorry you have to be on the sofa. But the prize(s)at the end will be so worth it. AND you will need this rest time - it will be a while before you get more!!!