Monday, March 4, 2013


Hello there. I'm writing this from bed, where I should be for the next 3 weeks if I'm lucky. It seems my baby was planning for an early arrival, so I'm doing my best to keep him in there until he's full term.

I'm sure if you've been on bed rest before you know this already, but I just have to say that it's no vacation. I went from feeling like a competent, confident expectant mama to feeling afraid to move, fearing that any movement might bring on preterm labor. I went from actively preparing for my baby's arrival to feeling like an invalid, unable to do things for myself, let alone my baby. I went from eagerly counting down the days until he arrives to nervously counting up the days he's been inside. I am thankful for each day more that my baby gets to stay inside and keep growing.  

I'm trying to quell the worry that occupies my days now. My body is gradually adjusting to the medication I have to take to ward off contractions. I am finding ways to keep my body comfortable. And I'm slowly finding productive ways to spend my time.

Yesterday my mom and sister helped me sort through boxes of hand-me-down baby clothes from my cousin. And I finished knitting this stuffed elephant for the baby. It's a really sweet, simple toy, and it makes me happy to think of my son playing with it in the not-too-distant future. You can read my notes on knitting it on my Ravelry page. It's an adorable product, but fiddly to knit (it's the only knitting project I've ever thrown across the room in frustration). 

K has been a great support in these bed rest days. He cooks, he cleans, and he makes me smile. He reminds me that 3 weeks is not long in the scheme of things and that even if our baby is born early, everything will be all right. He spent yesterday painting the nursery and making pie crusts to freeze so we can make pies and quiches after the baby comes. I already know he's going to be a great dad.

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I hope you are all doing well and spending lots of time with your loved ones!



  1. Sorry to hear that but I think like your husband! Think positive, everything will work out perfectly! My sister was a 2-month premature back in 1974 and I never could have tell! Take care!

  2. You are being blessed even though you don't know it. Your man is manning up, you have been surrounded by people that love and care about you and your son. And 21 days is nothing really. Let those around you take care of you because in a few weeks you will be the one taking care of another!!! I am praying for you and your family..may God keep you and yours safe and healthy..Hugs

  3. You can do this. My Oldest daughter tried this coming out too early thing and I spent a week on bed rest in the hospital followed by three weeks at home. I can completely understand what you are going through. It is so frustrating to not be able to do the simplest things, my mom, mother in law, and husband did a wonderful job of taking care of me and my family but it is not the same as doing it yourself. This time is important. Some advice - eat, sleep, talk to your baby, try to do some craft project and rest up. Holding you in my thoughts.

  4. Sorry to hear that, but don't worry everything is gonna be all right, you'll see.

    Take care!

    Lluisa x

  5. I'm sure everything will turn out wonderfully and your little man will be healthy and strong and in your arms, at just the right time. My babies all came 1.5 wks early, but they were right on time, despite being on bed rest with my first :) Let me know if I can do anything for you--I'm right across the river :) Meanwhile, you'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. I'm so sorry to hear that you are on bed rest. I have not shared that experience. My kids had to be kicked out two weeks after my duedate ;) I sure hope everything is ok and that you find ways to occupy your hands and mind. I bet knitting is just the thing!

  7. I'm sorry you have to be on bed rest! Keep your thoughts positive, the end will be here before you know it!

  8. Well, it looks like you're working on a beautiful rainbow blanket! ♥

  9. Oh no! So sorry to hear you are on bedrest! :( I hope the time passes quickly for you and your little boy gets all the "cooking" he needs. Yay for a wonderful, supportive family and amazing husband!! :) The best part is that you have the perfect excuse to do ALLLL the knitting you could possibly want, pin as many patterns as you want, watch as many movies and take as many naps as you want before the baby gets here (and all your me-time is devoted to the little one). :) Enjoy it!

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    1. Oops, got in a hurry.

      Take it easy, knit, and let K take care of you!

  11. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, and am sorry to hear that you have been prescribed in bed rest. But I’m sure in a few weeks there will be times when you wish you could crawl back into bed for a rest  And I can see you are making the most of rest time with all your crafting. Good luck x

  12. I'm sorry you've been put on bed rest. I hope it's not too tiresome and you are finding plenty of things to occupy yourself with. V x

  13. What a scary time for you this day. I am glad you have the family and husband to pull together and work this unexpected plan b. I didn't have to go on bed rest but my aunt did and she was totally bored after awhile. My mum had to visit her often and bring her reading material. Your little one is trying to roar into the world. He will have so much energy and a fun personality!


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