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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 20, 2020
« on: January 21, 2020 at 09:52 AM »
"I learned that we can do anything, but we can't do everything... at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything."
--Dan Millman


And this is your time to cook! Let everything else fall aside ... for now.

So tell me what is new, ladies! What are you looking forward to this week? As always, let us know how many weeks along you are. See you on the Live Chat on Thursday!

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 13, 2020
« on: January 13, 2020 at 12:09 PM »
There's a passage from a book called "Start with Why" that has stuck with me for a few years now. One example from the book is about an expedition to Antarctica, and it made me think immediately of all the bedrest moms I’ve known.

On December 5, 1914, Ernest Shackleton and a crew of twenty-seven men set out for the Weddell Sea on the Endurance, a 350-ton ship that had been constructed with funds from private donors, the British government, and the Royal Geographical Society. … But the crew of the Endurance would never reach the continent of Antarctica. Just a few days out of South Georgia Island in the Southern Atlantic, the ship encountered mile after mile of pack ice, and was soon trapped as winter moved in and with furry. Ice closed around the ship “like an almond in a piece of toffee,” a crew member wrote.

Shackleton and his crew were stranded in the Antarctic for ten months as the Endurance drifted slowly north until the pressure of the ice floes crushed the ship. On November 21, 1915, the crew watched as she sank in the frigid waters of the Weddell Sea. …

Stranded on the ice, the crew boarded their three lifeboats and landed on tiny Elephant Island. There Shackleton left behind all but five of his men and embarked on a hazardous journey across 800 miles of rough sea to find help. Which, eventually, they did.

The book's author, Simon Sinek, goes on to talk about how none of the crew died and how there was no mutiny. Then he shares the ad that Shackleton ran to find and hire his crew, and that is what reminded me of women on bedrest facing a high-risk pregnancy:

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.”

These men came to the challenge with a certain mindset that I think helped them to power through.

I think an ad for pregnancy bedrest would look something like this:

“Women wanted for anxiety-filled journey. Lost wages, bitter emotions, long months of complete boredom, constant worry. Happiness and healthy baby in case of success.”

I know you didn’t answer a want ad, but there is no one I would rather have on the KeepEmCookin ship than you. You are strong in spirit and mind. You believe in beating the odds. And for months on end, you don’t give up.

Now let's hear some weekly updates!

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

See you at the Live Chat THURSDAY at 2 pm EST/11 am PST! http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 30, 2019
« on: December 30, 2019 at 08:58 AM »
Who's still cookin'? You're soooo close to a 2020 baby!

Share with us three wonderful things that you're looking forward to in the year ahead.

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 16, 2019
« on: December 16, 2019 at 11:04 AM »
Five Ways Prison Is Better than Bed Rest

1) Daily showers
2) One hour of exercise each day
3) Time spent outdoors "in the yard"
4) Spending time with others in similar circumstances
5) Conjugal visits  ;)

I haven’t shared that in a while, so I thought our new members might get a kick out of it! How do you think prison would be better than bed rest?

As always, let us know how many weeks along you are, and what you've been doing to stay busy. Also, take a moment today to connect with another member by responding to her post. Stay connected…

And keep 'em cookin'!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 9, 2019
« on: December 09, 2019 at 11:23 AM »
The holiday season is well underway. It's exciting to see time passing, but I know it can be a tough time as friends and family are having holiday parties and are out shopping for gifts. This is a time when it is especially important to invite people over so that you don't feel quite so left out. What do you have planned? Or tell us what you will make a plan to do after reading this message.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

P.S. Set an alarm on your phone. :) Join the Live chat at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific on Thursdays: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 2, 2019
« on: December 02, 2019 at 10:21 AM »
Hello!

Tell us what you're doing to capture the holiday spirit even though you are on bedrest! Listening to special music? Are you shopping online, or having someone do some shopping for you? Are you able to have friends or a leader from your religious community come visit you?

ALSO:
Whenever you are going to shop on Amazon, please first click on this link: https://amzn.to/2RmLxRh. Then shop for anything! When you do, Amazon gives 4% to 6% of the purchase price to Keep 'Em Cookin' and that helps me to keep the forum up and running. Thank you!

Keep looking forward, mamas!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for November 26, 2019
« on: November 27, 2019 at 10:47 AM »
Hello, ladies!

It is almost Thanksgiving, and you may be feeling a bit down about it. Getting through any holiday while on bedrest can be especially tough when you feel like you're missing out. Instead, try to consider it a marker in the passage of time, getting you even closer to a safe delivery date.

So tell us what you are thankful for. It can be big or small.

Keep looking forward, mamas!
Angela

***We won't have a Live Chat this Thursday, but will be back next week.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for November 11, 2019
« on: November 18, 2019 at 07:58 PM »
I love hearing that! They are fantastic for coming down to visit. Then Christmas will be here before you know it and everyone will be together again. You can do this!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for November 18, 2019
« on: November 18, 2019 at 07:50 PM »

"You can learn many things from children.
How much patience you have, for instance."
                                    --Franklin P. Jones


Ain't that the truth! And sometimes even before they are born!

Let us know how many weeks along you are, and tell us how you're feeling. Do you have any appointments this week or any news to report from last week? Be sure to set an alarm for Thursday's Live Chat at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Join our live chats Thursdays at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Symptoms of preterm labor: http://www.keepemcookin.com/educate-yourself/symptoms-of-preterm-labor/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for November 11, 2019
« on: November 11, 2019 at 07:32 AM »
Hello, ladies!

You all are doing the most important job in the world and you deserve all the support you can get!

What are you looking forward to this week? If you don't have anything planned, plan something now for this week or the weekend. Ask a friend to stop by after work with a favorite takeout meal. Ask your partner to keep you company with a captivating show or movie, just to get in some snuggle time. Even if you don't want to trouble people by asking them to come over, ask anyway. They are looking for ways to help.

In the meantime, keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Join the Live Chat at 2 pm Eastern on Thusdays: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for November 4, 2019
« on: November 04, 2019 at 10:58 AM »
Hello, you wonderful mamas!

I'm looking forward to hearing everyone's updates! Did any of you think you might not still be pregnant in November? Well, you made it into another month!

Does anyone want to post any belly pix on our Facebook page? http://www.facebook.com/KeepEmCookin I thought that might be fun!

I hope to see you all on the live chat on Thursday!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Join our live chats Thursdays at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for October 28, 2019
« on: October 28, 2019 at 10:25 AM »
What's the craziest thing someone has said to you while you've been on bed rest? Here are my faves from my two pregnancies:

1) You're STILL pregnant? Maybe you didn't even need to be on bed rest.
2) I shouldn't say this, but you really remind me of Jabba the Hut.
3) "How are you doing?" ... said by a (male) doctor strolling right into my hospital room and starting up a conversation (and continuing it!) while I was using the bedpan!!!
4) Let me know if you need any help. I can give you the number of my cleaning lady.

I'm sure there were others! Tell me yours!

I hope to see you all on the live chat tomorrow!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

Join our live chats Tuesdays at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for October 21, 2019
« on: October 21, 2019 at 02:13 PM »
Hello, ladies!

For women experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, and particularly those on bed rest, you're so focused on NOT delivering your baby that you may not think much about delivery. I wanted to share this quote on the power of giving birth, and to reassure you that you will be ready whenever the time comes!

“Birth is an opportunity to transcend. To rise above what we are accustomed to, reach deeper inside ourselves than we are familiar with, and to see not only what we are truly made of, but the strength we can access in and through birth.” – author Marcie Macari

I love that!

Question for you all: Would anyone be interested in me starting a private Facebook group? Would you be more inclined to post there instead of here?

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
--Angela

Live chat: Thursdays at 2! Join us every Thursday at 2 pm Eastern time/11 am Pacific time for a live chat with other bedrest moms: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for October 14, 2019
« on: October 14, 2019 at 07:56 AM »
"I learned that we can do anything, but we can't do everything... at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything."
--Dan Millman


And this is your time to cook! Let everything else fall aside...for now. So tell me what is new, ladies! What are you looking forward to this week? As always, let us know how many weeks along you are.

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

Angela
High-Risk Pregnancy Live Chat: THURSDAYS at 2 pm Eastern (1 pm Central/Noon Mountain/11 am Pacific) http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for October 7, 2019
« on: October 07, 2019 at 06:39 AM »
Happy Monday!

I hope each of you will schedule something today to anticipate, and then tell us what you did. For example:

*Order a new book/movie/game that you have been wanting.
*Have a great friend bring you lunch or dinner from a favorite place.
*Ask someone to finally take care of that thing around the house that has been driving you crazy but you just haven't felt comfortable asking.

Remember that you are an important person doing an important job!  Don't hesitate to ask for the care and attention you need.   :)

If you're reading this, I hope you will post a message here. Something as simple as telling us how far along you are and how long you've been on bed rest helps other moms to know they aren't alone in this. Keep 'em cookin', mamas!

Angela

High-Risk Pregnancy Live Chat: THURSDAYS at 2 pm Eastern (1 pm Central/Noon Mountain/11 am Pacific) http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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