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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
http://www.keepemcookin.com/live-chat/

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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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Hey, ladies. Great to see you on here and connecting with one another. I hope you both can make it to the Live Chat today at 2 pm Eastern. Keep those babies cookin'!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Re: Monday Roll Call for December 3, 2018
« on: December 03, 2018 at 08:47 PM »
I love that. What a great idea and what an incredible friend you have! Are you on Facebook? Maybe you could post a picture once you've made a few: https://www.facebook.com/KeepEmCookin/

I hope to talk to you again this week on the Live Chat. I know it's tough with the time difference! Talk soon!

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Making the Best of Bed Rest / Monday Roll Call for December 3, 2018
« on: December 03, 2018 at 01:30 PM »
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! https://bit.ly/2riPAj1 Laughter is universal!  ;D

Keep looking forward, mamas!
Angela

P.S. Whenever you are going to shop on Amazon, please first click on this link: https://amzn.to/2BNrD9z. 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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What's Your Story? Tell us. / Re: New here! Cervix 1.7 inch at 28 weeks
« on: December 02, 2018 at 04:54 PM »
Hi, Tricia.

Christina (posting on Facebook) says:
That would be so hard...sending prayers and good juju your way. I was on bedrest from 22 weeks and don’t know what I would have done without my husband to help cook and whatnot.

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