Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lavender Goodness

Two of my dear friends came by the jail  hospital earlier this week and brought me a bit of heaven:
a big plate full of really good cheeses, giant fresh berries and grapes, gluten free pretzels and mango and chocolate tarts. After eating hospital food for a couple of days, I was about moved to tears by the bounty. They also brought me a nice array of movies, cucumber towelettes for my face and these lovely lavender hand wipes. Lavender is a favorite scent of mine and I find myself wiping my hands and then pretty much every surface in the room with these. A little aroma therapy in a hospital room goes a long way... 
(thanks a million Meg and Bets!)

And then I got to thinking about lavender and found all these incredible images from Pinterest I thought I'd share: 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Meditations on Bed Rest

What a week it has been. As of last Sunday, (with a too brief but lovely 24 hour period at home) I've been on bed rest at the hospital. I will spare you the preggo body details that caused this disappointing situation. Of course the most important thing is that our little baby is doing well and is obliviously kicking away in utero as I write this. My emotions on the other hand, are up and down and calm then panicked. I go back and forth between the two statements above about twelve times an hour. It seems completely surreal that I'm supposed to just stay put in this sterile room for the next few weeks, while at home, his nursery sits unfinished, his little onesies sit unwashed and the stacks of other things I was hoping to get done well before his original May arrival came to pass, won't be done. It's driving me crazy. 
Still, I am beyond grateful that little babe is alive and well in my belly and that my husband is a complete hero and continues to bring me food, offer reassuring words, help me into my jammies and sleep here on the dreadful sofa bed night after night. And there are other things too: 
- the kind but sassy fifty-something nurse, who feels kind of like a mom and always says the right things and is so sympathetic
- the visits of friends who bring food that's way better than the crap they serve here
- the giant window in my room that lets in nice light
- the loads of kind text messages and offers of help that keep coming in
- the stacks of movies that will keep me distracted 
- the time to sit and paint my toe nails or tweeze my eye brows. Goodness knows there won't be time for these things once the babe comes
- the ability to sit out side from time to time in the sun and not completely miss the arrival of spring

Get out and enjoy the weekend for me. Go for some ice cream or out for a walk or organize your junk drawers. Funny how our perspective changes when we can't do the little things we normally take for granted, isn't it? 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Scenes from My Baby Shower

My sister hosted the most LOVELY baby shower for me this past weekend back home. I got all choked up when I walked in the door and saw the dining room filled with fresh flowers, gorgeous food and the prettiest table settings. She really out did herself. The invitations were custom from this sweet Etsy shop and read "A little bird is joining the nest." Sigh. How cute is that??

While we nibbled on smoked salmon, goat cheese tapenade and fresh berries, all the guests filled out little letters to our baby. Each line was a fill-in-the-blank so people could customize their hopes and wishes for the little guy. 
Here's a sampling: 
I hope you get "to play in the rain."
I hope you laugh "so hard you snort."
I hope you become "a lover of books."
I hope you grow "up wise and humble."

Aren't those great?! My sister gave us the little nest book pictured above in which to keep all our baby letters. 
It was the most special afternoon for me and I truly felt showered by the moms, friends, aunts, cousins, grandmas and sisters-in-law who did so much to welcome our baby. 

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