Week 2: How I pass time on Hospital Bedrest
Surviving Week Two of Hospital Bed Rest
A week of ups and downs. When you are stuck in one room for a long period of time the only
thing you can do is take it one day at a time. Try not to think of how many days have passed and how many more you have to go or you will go insane. But for the record, I have completed 29 days of bed rest the past 14 have been in this hospital room. We are 40 days from our goal of reaching 36 weeks of being pregnant! Although each day creeps by slowly I can honestly say that the past two weeks have gone by quickly.
I'm a creature of habit and with OCD tendencies I have trouble having days with no plans in them. I decided to create a schedule with encouraging words and it truly has helped me so much. Although I could sleep in everyday I still set an alarm so that I don't waste my days away sleeping. After all, when Raylon comes around sleeping in will no longer be an option. My days look like the following:
9:00 AM Rise & Shine Kandis! It's going to be a great day!
9:15 AM Breakfast time. Eat something healthy to get your day going.
9:40 AM Nurse gives medicines and Monitor's Raylon. Enjoy this time listening to your sons sweet heartbeat. You will miss this!
10:00 AM Morning devotional, journal and prayer time. Give thanks to the Lord that we made it another day!
10:45 AM Shower and put on some makeup-it always makes you feel better!
11:30 AM TV time
12:30 Lunch time
1:30 Computer time (Complete something on your To Do List)
3:00 PM Exercise your mind (Read a book, Color, Word Search, do a craft)
6:00 PM Order dinner
7:00PM Anthony gets here!! Wheelchair ride with my honey!
7:30PM Nurse gives medicines and Monitor's Raylon.
8:00PM Movie/relaxing time with my hubby. <3 - Best part of the day!
10:30 Bedtime! You completed another day of Bed Rest!!! Way to be a great oven for Raylon!
Of course the day doesn't always go as planned. Due to the blood pressure I have days that I get down because of headaches and have to sleep most of the day to get through them. I'm also blessed with lots of visitors that help many of the hours fly by. They truly have no idea how happy it makes me to have them take time out of their day to spend quality time with me. They say you find out who your friends are during hard times and I have found that I am blessed with so many wonderful and loyal people in my life. Raylon is going to be so blessed to be so loved. I also have doctors visits everyday and a sonogram with my high risk doctor on Tuesday's. But for the most part my day looks like the above.
Last Saturday was hard. It was the first "event" that I had to miss while being in the hospital. It was my great grandfather's 90th birthday party. I was so disappointed to not be able to go but I was able to face time with him to wish him well and tell him I miss him so much.
One of my favorite moments are Sunday mornings! I get to stream Praise and Worship and watch Pastor Mike Hayes preach from my hospital room. This is so lifting. I can't wait until I get out of here to go to church with my new little family. If you are on bed rest and need an encouraging word tune into Covenant Church on Sunday mornings.
On Monday, after being stuck in the same room for TEN days straight, my doctor finally ordered for wheelchair privileges. This means I can leave the room for 30 mins a day and have someone push me around the hospital in a wheelchair. Doesn't seem like much but I was in tears with excitement. My husband had a softball game so I called my brother-in-law and he drove up to the hospital so that I could get out of the room for the first time. He took me on a ride all the way around the hospital and played music for me. A cold front had just blew in and the weather was perfect outside.
On Tuesday, I had lots of wonderful visitors but still managed some craft time. I made this wreath to go on my hospital door and to go in Raylon's room when I get home. I love it.
The high risk doctor also came to visit Tuesday evening and to do a sonogram on Raylon. We were so thankful to hear that he was extremely healthy and that thanks to the steroid shots he was now measuring ahead of schedule. The doctor felt more positive than ever about us getting to 36 weeks. This made me so incredibly happy. I would rather be the one sitting in the hospital than have my baby boy in the NICU for weeks.
On Wednesday, my baby boys nursery was finally complete! I love to decorate and it has been very emotional not getting to put up the décor that I purchase for little mans room. As soon as I found out we were having a boy I knew I wanted to do a vintage Dallas Cowboys room. My momma and momma-in-law have been working constantly the past two weeks to complete everything. I think they facetimed me 50 times so that I could help them pick out things while they were shopping and tell them exactly how I wanted everything. I think it turned out perfectly. If I was a boy it would be my dream room. :) Here are pictures. The only thing missing is the rocking chair and vintage Dallas Cowboy photos that are being developed. I can't wait to take my baby boy home and watch him grow up in this room.
On Thursday, my sweet Daddy showed up to have a father/daughter date. We spent quality time together and he took me on my wheelchair ride to the lobby to have a Starbucks date. I'm thankful that I have parents that are always here for me.
It's Friday and just like that another week is completed. I'm now 30 weeks and 2 days pregnant! I can't leave out how the best part of my day, EVERDAY, is when my husband shows up after work. He doesn't miss a day except for his Softball night with his friends. I think it's important that he continues to live his life with as much normalcy as possible. This is also hard on him and spending time with his friends is a great treat. He stays every night until I fall asleep and on the weekend we have sleepovers. The hardest part of all of this is being away from him at night and not sharing a bed. Makes me homesick every night.Every night I remind myself that this is only temporary. Although it is the hardest thing I've ever done emotionally and mentally. I have a wonderful gift to celebrate when this is all over and done with. I love Raylon Wayne Rees more than I could have ever imagined and I haven't even seen him face to face. Going through this I feel a connection with him greater and greater each day. I cry because I'm so thankful for this gift and that God gave him to me to care for and love on for the rest of his life. He is MY baby boy and I'll do whatever I can to keep him safe and healthy to get him into the world. I truly believe that God's hand is on his little life and that he will be healthy and happy when he enters into this world. For now, Raylon and I still take each day one day at a time.