Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Some R & R

Last week, I was put on modified bed rest. I won't go into details because - frankly speaking - this whole pregnancy business can be pretty gross extremely magical. What this really means is I'm spending a lot of time on the couch with my feet elevated.

I've been doing some reading, and I've been watching some TV. The reading has been productive, the TV watching... not so much.

I just finished reading The Rookie Mom's Handbook, which I enjoyed enough that I thought it would be worth blogging about. I borrowed it from the library (and I'm returning it tomorrow), so nobody sent me a comp copy for review. I just thought I'd share books that I liked, since there have been quite a few that were ... not as good.

Cover picture shamelessly stolen from Amazon.com

What I liked: 

- The book is very positive, and it takes into account that you might not have your pre-partum body back 15 minutes after being discharged from the hospital. 
- Some of the suggestions were very creative, and I hadn't considered before. Also, they sounded very fun.
- At least *3* of the activities required yarn. I wholly approve.

What I didn't like:

- A lot of the suggestions include going to a mall, shopping, or other consumer-centered activities. Take this with a grain of salt: On a good day, I hate the mall.

Overall, I'd recommend this book, especially if you're worried about being short on ideas on how to maintain your identity post-partum.

Me? I'll be here on the couch, reading and catching up on my stories.


  1. Oh, so sorry about the bedrest! Maybe it won't last too long, huh?

    Take care!


  2. You know, I hated the idea of going to the mall pre-pregnancy, but after I had my baby, I understood why they recommended it. It's an easy place to stroll that is temperature controlled and dead during the weekday mornings. Additionally, many malls have small playgrounds nowadays for young children. I think if you live a nice urban area, or you have gorgeous weather, you can disregard the advice, but if you're in suburbia during the winter/rain, it's not the worst advice.

  3. I just stumbled upon your blog-at just the right time. Nice to find you and give you encouragement. I was on strict bed rest with my first child for 17 weeks-only able to take a shower. Handwork, books and the tv helped me through it as well as a supportive husband.

    Dream of all you can knit uninterrupted right now. Just relax and enjoy your time. Write a little each day to give to your child when your child is older. Pick a birthday then to give it to her/him. You can do this. Just an inconvenience for a short time.
    Hang in there.

  4. I am so sorry you have had to be stuck on bed rest - ugh. Hang in there! Interesting insight on the book, I detest the mall too!!

  5. Long OOP but worth finding a copy of: The Mother's Almanac. Funny as all get-out by two experienced moms.


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