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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 21, 2019
« on: January 21, 2019 at 12:37 PM »
"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 14, 2019
« on: January 14, 2019 at 01:50 PM »
How are we two weeks into 2019? I hope it has been moving quickly for you as you head toward the finish line!

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.”

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 / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 7, 2019
« on: January 10, 2019 at 06:48 PM »
Quick reminder! We are 10 minutes away from the Live Chat. Hope to see you all! http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for January 7, 2019
« on: January 08, 2019 at 05:29 PM »
Congratulations, Pixiejan! It is wonderful you were able to get so many extra weeks of cookin'. I'm happy to hear your son is doing well. We will certainly miss you here! There are some absolutely amazing preemie parent support groups out there. Here's a list: https://preemieparentalliance.org/member-directory/

Lots of love to you and your bigger family!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for January 7, 2019
« on: January 07, 2019 at 11:24 AM »
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... and to seeing you on the Live Chat on Thursday. We had the best time last week!
Angela

*Live Chat THURSDAY 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
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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 31, 2018
« on: December 31, 2018 at 03:37 PM »
Who's still cookin'? Did any of you worry about having a 2018 baby? You're soooo close to 2019!

Share with us three wonderful things that happened to you this year. I'll start:

1) Publishing "Stuck in Bed" after more than a year and a half of collaboration with my co-author and illustrator.
2) Celebrating my 14th anniversary with my husband, who grows more special to me every year. (And who put up with my craziness during my two pregnancies on bed rest!)
3) My kids finding their passions: drawing anime characters (my daughter) and playing the baritone horn (my son).

I'm looking forward to your weekly updates and what made 2018 special for you.

Keep 'em cookin',
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 24, 2018
« on: December 24, 2018 at 03:01 PM »
You've made it another week! Let us know how you're doing ladies!

I know the holidays are an extra difficult time to be on bedrest. You may not be seeing everyone you hoped to see, and you may have to put aside your usual traditions. Try to stay focused on what this extra time cookin' will mean for your baby for the rest of his or her life.

Count your blessings, and even write them down and share them with your partner or a friend. Don't hesitate to ask someone for what you need: a glass of water, another serving of mashed potatoes, a listening ear or a big hug.

Keep 'em cookin',
Angela

P.S. I won't be able to host the Live Chat on Thursday at 2 pm EST/11 am PST as I usually do. If someone would like to host it for me, please let me know and I will post it on Facebook and Twitter.  http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 17, 2018
« on: December 17, 2018 at 02:13 PM »
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!

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


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/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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Hi, there!

That's a great cervix length! I hope that gives you some confidence even if you do have some funneling. I can't provide medical advice or predict the future, but from what I have seen here on the forum all these years is that you will continue to have more funneling but your cerclage IS going to do its job. Your chances for your cervix staying closed for many months ahead is VERY likely.  :)

How does your OB feel about everything? Did you get a cerclage because you've delivered prematurely in the past? I can see where that's going to make you worry. Are you also taking progesterone suppositories? Looking forward to hearing back from you!

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Hi, Nikki!
I've been thinking about you and wondering how you are doing. Post an update when you can!  :)

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: New here! Cervix 1.7 inch at 28 weeks
« on: December 13, 2018 at 04:37 PM »
Hi, ladies! Hope to see you all on the Live Chat today at 2 pm Eastern time so you can share your updates. http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: Twins Story
« on: December 13, 2018 at 04:36 PM »
Wow! What an amazing outcome that you were able to hold on another 10 weeks. It's wonderful to hear how wonderfully chubby and healthy your babies are now. I know your story will inspire others, so thank you for sharing it!

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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: New here - PPROM - 20 weeks
« on: December 13, 2018 at 04:32 PM »
Hey, ladies! Quick reminder that we have the Live Chat today. Set an alarm on your phone so that you don't miss it.
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 / Re: Monday Roll Call for December 10, 2018
« on: December 11, 2018 at 11:43 AM »
Thank goodness you have bathroom privileges back! It makes a huuuuuge difference to not have to stress about that. I swear it was MUCH more physical to get on and off a bedpan than getting up to use the restroom! The hospital is the best place for you to be right now, so do your best to embrace it. I spent so much energy mentally fighting that I was on bed rest. Ask your partner to bring you a few things from home to make it your own space: your jammies, pillow and blanket; some sweatpants/comfy clothes for during the day (instead of a hospital gown); your own shampoo and soap. Just a few ideas!

I'm so happy you listened to your gut and went to get checked out. I think we do sense when something has changed, even if someone else would say it was minor. Sending you positive thoughts for many more weeks of cookin'! Hope to see you on Thursday for the Live Chat.

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 10, 2018
« on: December 10, 2018 at 02:19 PM »
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.

I'm looking forward to your updates! It was wonderful 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

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/
Follow Keep 'Em Cookin' on Twitter: http://twitter.com/KeepEmCookin

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