I have been best freinds with Mrs. A. since 10th grade. She is one of the kindest, most generous, loyal, and thoughtful people in the world. There isn't a mean or spiteful or jealous bone in her body. She has diplomacy skills and foresight to work through any situation. She is extremely intelligent and super fun. And yeah, I'll say it, I'm not embarrassed. I think I might even have a little girl crush on her she's so awesome. And I know that there isn't a single person on this planet that would argue with me on this. She is a wonderful wife and an amazing Mommy. And now that I've completely embarrassed her I'll tell you why I'm posting this.
My dearest and closest friend is pregnant with Baby #2 and has just been put on modified bed rest at 16 weeks. Bed rest to most people sounds like an extended weekend off to eat and nap as you please. But the rest of us know that this is really a scary thing, especially when faced with a lot of weeks for your baby to be ready to arrive healthy. Every woman ever placed on bed rest has had those moments of utter panic and fear and doubt. Then there is the tediousness, the monotony, the desire for a long hot shower or a stroll down the block, or even to go out to dinner. And the heartbreak of not being able to pick up your toddler and get down on the floor and play with them or do many of the day to day things you would normally do with them.
Now I would have posted a simple and basic and generic "Please send good wishes" post but that's really not my style. And I wanted to do something that would be more helpful than just showing her that I care. I want to show her just how amazing the support can be from all of you wonderful women out there. You all know how much it has helped you to have people cheering you on from afar, lending the much needed virtual ear and shoulder to cry on even though you have never met in real life. So I'm asking a big favor from all of you.
1. Please send Mrs. A. all of your available Happy Baby Baking Bed Rest Dust possible.
2. Please take a moment to post a comment with words of encouragement and any tips, hints and tricks on making it to 40 weeks on bed rest with a 4 year old toddler.
I'll start the list:
- My first suggestion for Mrs. A. is to find some support, in whatever way you can. People to help you through your days with anything you need and especially for things you shouldn't be doing yourself (because I know you will and I shake my finger at you for getting up off your butt to cook and clean!).
- My second suggestion to Mrs. A. is to start a blog. It can be anonymous and it can be as vague or specific as you want. You can really let some of your fears and frustrations go by blogging.
Thanks again to everyone for all of your support!
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