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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: My baby girl has arrived!
« on: January 15, 2018 at 02:01 PM »
Congratulation, Kmuss! It is wonderful you were able to get as far as you did! It sounds like she is a real trooper, with already breathing on her on and nursing sometimes. That's fantastic! Get as much skin-to-skin time as you can (and your husband, too) and she'll be home before you know it.

If you'd feel comfortable with it, perhaps you could post a picture on Facebook or Twitter for us. https://www.facebook.com/KeepEmCookin/ or https://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

And what wonderful news about Caleb. Amazing! I have tears.

I know you've been down the preemie road before, but don't hesitate to reach out to the preemie support groups for extra support.

Lots of love!
Angela

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 15, 2018
« on: January 15, 2018 at 01:49 PM »
I can't believe we are already two weeks into the new year! How has this past week been for all of you?

I hope to see you all at the Live Chat tomorrow! We've been having a lot of fun lately. If you can, plan some of your "up" time during the chat so you can access it on your laptop or desktop. It will be easier to follow along than using your phone. You CAN use your phone though, so no worries.

And keep 'em cookin'!
--Angela

Live Chat tomorrow at 2 pm EST/11 am PST! 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 January 8, 2018
« on: January 08, 2018 at 01:10 PM »
Welcome to another week! Tell us how many weeks along you are, what you have planned for this week, and what your favorite bed rest food is.

I ate a lot of string cheese and nuts when I was on bed rest, and also yogurt that I kept in a small fridge next to my futon on the floor in the living room. I wanted to be where all the action was with my 2-year-old Miss Sunshine. Every day was a party on the floor! Kids are very adaptable, thank goodness!

Looking forward to your updates...
Angela


See you at the Live Chat tomorrow at 2 pm EST/11 am PST! If you're not sure which time zone you're in, here's a map: http://www.123loadboard.com/online/help/quick-reference/Time-Zones.aspx
http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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It's not just another week behind you, but an entire year! Anyone surprised that they'll be having a 2018 baby?!?

There's 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.”

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, and your thoughts on the year ahead.

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

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

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Back for round 3
« on: December 28, 2017 at 08:30 PM »
English Rose! I can't believe you're back! How exciting! I'm sorry though that you're certainly off to a rough start. Must have been a happy surprise to know your little one is safe. I will certainly be thinking of you and praying for an easier road ahead for you. Keep me posted, okay?  :-*

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This is devastating. I am so sorry. You did all you could for Declan.

There is a group called Compassionate Friends, which is a support network for infant loss. It is going to be so important to connect with people who have been there and who can guide you and support you. https://www.compassionatefriends.org/find-support/to-the-newly-bereaved/

Prayers of healing to you and your family. (((hugs)))

I am so very very sorry,
Angela

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: 24 weeks, cerclage, +FFN
« on: December 20, 2017 at 05:44 PM »
Wow! That is all kinds of fantastic news! The contractions were scary, of course, but everything is looking good now!

That's reassuring that you've been able to hold off on the Procardia for now. For me, we had to increase the dose and/or frequency every few weeks. Now you can keep that in your "tool box" if you need it later on. Positive thoughts coming your way!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for Dec. 18, 2017
« on: December 18, 2017 at 10:10 AM »
Five Ways Prison Is Better than Bed Rest

1) Daily showers
2) One hour of exercise each day
3) Time spent outdoors on chain gang or "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!

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

Live chat at 2 pm Eastern on Tuesdays: 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 / Re: Monday Roll Call for December 11, 2017
« on: December 18, 2017 at 10:03 AM »
That is so wonderful Santa came to visit you! I hope it was a magical day for your son! I'm sending prayers and positive thoughts your way every day. Hoping that the results from last week's scan are good news!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 11, 2017
« on: December 11, 2017 at 09:39 AM »
The holiday season is well under way. 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.

I'm looking forward to your updates! It was great to have such a great turnout for the Live Chat last week. Even with the struggles you are all going through, I have to say that we had a lot of fun!

Keep 'em cookin', mamas!
Angela

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

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Update
« on: December 06, 2017 at 11:07 AM »
Fantastic!!!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 4, 2017
« on: December 04, 2017 at 10:09 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? And, for those who aren't linked to particular religion, there's always the "Festivus" episode of Seinfeld! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS7-jcsB_WQ Laughter is universal!  ;D

I hope you all will join us in the Chat Room tomorrow at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific for the Live Chat.

Keep looking forward, mamas!
Angela

P.S. Whenever you are going to shop on Amazon, please first click on this link: http://amzn.to/2ARD1C4. Then shop! When you do, Amazon gives 6% of the purchase price to Keep 'Em Cookin' and that helps me to keep the forum up and running. Thank you!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for November 27, 2017
« on: December 01, 2017 at 11:20 AM »
Hi, Twins2018!

I am so glad you found our group! A lot of moms say that the first 2 to 3 weeks are the hardest, so you're over the first hump.  :) Do you have any other children?

Let's see... Sydney is 16 hours ahead of Washington, D.C. where I live, so for you that would be 6 am. Really early, but perhaps you can join us anyway.

Positive thoughts coming your way!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for November 27, 2017
« on: November 27, 2017 at 12:58 PM »
Hello, my dears.

I HATE to ask for help, just like many of you are feeling right now. It personally costs me more than $2,000 per year to run KeepEmCookin (for website hosting, website security, business registration fees, bank fees, and domain registration).  Your Amazon purchases are a way that I can help meet that goal. It is Cyber Monday on Amazon, so it seems like the best day to make this request. Whenever you are going to shop on Amazon (not just today), please first click on this link: http://amzn.to/2Ah68fc Then shop! 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.

So super mamas, how has the past week been? What have you been up to? Who has an appointment this week?

Keep looking forward, mamas!
Angela

Don't forget: Join us every Tuesday 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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Preterm Labor: Anything and Everything / Re: Update - hospitalised now
« on: November 21, 2017 at 06:49 PM »
If you want, you can still see what we talked about today during the Live Chat if you go to the link here: http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

While you're in the hospital, I thought you might like a mantra that helped me. "In this moment, I am exactly where I need to be."

I hope you can have some visitors soon to help take your mind off of things, even if just for a little bit. Big hugs!

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