Today marks 4 weeks of bed rest. 28 stinking days. And I still don't know how much longer I'll be stuck on the couch. I'm not going to lie--it hasn't been fun.
The first week was absolutely awful. I read a book per day to try and distract me, but it wasn't enough. I still had a crying session nearly every evening. I tried to sew--I had my sewing machine put on a crate at couch level. I used my right hand to push the pedal, and my left to direct my sewing. But I got pretty frustrated because my finished products were not up to par.
Week two, Evan handed me a CD of the Lords of the Realm II, which my brothers were really into, and I used to play every now and then back in college. I'm ashamed to say that much of week 2 and part of week 3 was spent conquering the game. Also during week two, we decided that since we couldn't fly to Utah for Christmas as was originally planned, we would drive, as long as my ultrasound showed improvement in the bleeding, which it did.
So week 3 began with a 2-day drive to Utah. Poor Evan had to drive the whole way. I started out laying down in the backseat of our minivan, but moved to the front at night, with my seat fully reclined, to keep Evan company. I found that the back was much bumpier than the front (my doctor's biggest concern with us driving), so I stuck with the front for all of day 2. The weather was great, except for a 20-mile stretch between Laramie and Rawlins, WY, where we crawled along at 25 MPH through a ground blizzard.
Upon arriving in Utah, we were greeted with lots and lots of snow:
The kids had a blast playing with aunt and uncles, mummi and pappa, sledding, playing games:
It was a pretty neat little cabin--two main floors, a basement and a loft. Two kitchens, a few living room areas, a ping pong table, a foosball table, and plenty of space for us all. The kids spent more time sledding, doing crafts with grandma to decorate the little tree, playing wii and other games, and just having fun being with family:
Needless to say, even though I was stuck on the couch for all of it, week 3 passed much quicker than the previous two. Totally worth the 2 day drive. I think even Evan would agree.
Week 4 has been a continuation. Decorating Christmas cookies:
My view from the couch:
|These are the ones Santa brought.|
|Andrea divvying up the gifts|
|One of Andrea's gifts for Erik|
A week and a half to go until my next doctor's appointment. I haven't had any spotting or bleeding for over two weeks now, and I'm quite sure I'm feeling the baby kick. So I'm hoping for more good news, and maybe even getting off bed rest. Or at least having a little more freedom. In the meantime, we have another week with family, and a two-day drive home.