First: Location, location, location!
- If your doctor will let you sit up or be reclined instead of totally flat in bed, establish your spot. I moved my glider rocking chair from Frances' room to the living room close to the kitchen so that I can see almost all the traffic around my house. If Frances is playing in her room, I can see and hear her, if someone is visiting I don't have to move for them to visit with me, and if there's something happening in the kitchen then I'm far enough away to be too tempted to interfere and close enough to talk to whoever is in there.
- You're pregnant and on bed rest and so there's definitely a lowered standard, but doing a few things every morning makes a big difference. Brush and style your hair. Two words: dry shampoo. I'm only supposed to shower a couple times a week, so yeah.
- Get out of your pajamas. Yoga pants are fine, just don't spend the day wallowing in the same clothes you woke up in.
- Do your face. That way when people come over you look reasonably put together and they'll actually believe you when you tell them you're doing well.
- A few things you can do where you are can eat up a lot of time. I've made some stick horses, a quilt, a Boppy pillow cover, a changing table cover, painted some blocks to decorate my basement bathroom, written a bunch of blog posts (as you know), and read a few books. The days that I spend just vegging on the computer are the worst. It's really not a pick me up sort of thing to do.
- This has been really nice for Frances. When people come over she gets excited to spend time with their kids and it can be nice to just talk to someone. This is also a good motivation for getting ready for the day. I find that after people leave I feel more energized and optimistic for the rest of the day.
- I have a weekly doctors appointment and on those days I find one other thing I want to do while I'm out. This helps break up the weeks and reminds me that the world is still turning outside my living room.
- On Saturday I had to choose between a church party and going to a show jumping competition. I knew that I would be very tempted at the party to get up and socialize more than I should, but at the show jumping I knew I would just sit and enjoy the event. It was really fun and I definitely enjoyed myself.