Mamas on Bedrest: Our 1st Bookclub Kicks off with “Operating Instructions”

September 5th, 2012

Our first bookclub read is Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott.

This book was recommended to me by a good friend who suggested it may be a great way for Mamas on Bedrest to coalesce. Written by Anne Lamott, the book is an account of Lamott’s journey through pregnancy and the first year as a single mother.

Many of you may be thinking, so what? Why read about someone else’s pregnancy and birth story?  Some of you may not want to hear the story of a single mom. From what I hear (I have not yet read the book), it is a funny and often times poignant account of how a woman became pregnant unintentionally, found out that she was having a boy (she felt completely ill equipped to raise a boy!) and how she used all the skills at her disposal to navigate pregnancy, labor and delivery and that all important first year with her son with whom she fell deeply in love. It just sounded like a great way to pass the time. Shall we see?

I have often recommended that mamas-on bed rest or not-keep an account of their pregnancy and birth journeys. I did this with both of my children via photos and journals and they both get a huge kick out of seeing what I looked like pregnant with them and how we all looked once they were born. My son has the dubious distinction of being the “bun in the oven” on the cover of Bedrest Fitness, and he will sometimes ask if he can “watch the show where I’m in your tummy!”

Mamas, although you are on bed rest, you have an amazing opportunity to share an unparalleled gift with your child-and yourself. Even if this isn’t your first child or heaven forbid, not your first time on bed rest, no other time and no other pregnancy will be like this one. All the ups and downs, the joys and the sorrows will be unique to this time. They are all the very special gifts that come with this child. And while most of you are chomping at the bit to be off of bed rest, those of us “veteran mamas” can tell you, once you are off bed rest and have your baby, time will be at a premium and journal entries will become sporadic at best! You may say that you’re going to write regularly in a journal or add to a video blog, and have every intention to do so, but unless you are a highly organized vigilant person, you won’t likely have a concentrated amount of time that you do now. So if starting a journal of your pregnancy is something you’ve thought of doing, no time like the present for getting started.

So I offer Lamott’s book as an inspiration for all of you to consider. I hear that she is really funny and down to earth and I think this will be a pleasant diversion for many of us. As far as I know she wasn’t on bed rest, but let’s try to embrace her story anyway! LOL!!

I was able to get a copy of the book from my local library. If you don’t want to purchse the book, that is the one way to start. Those of you with e-readers, check the online libraries and see if a digital edition is available for your Kindle or Nook.  If you choose to purchase the book, I respectfully ask that you purchase it via our Amazon store here at Mamas on Bedrest & Beyond. Your purchase will help me to continue to maintain this website and its content which are free.

We will begin posting comments on our Facebook page beginning Monday, September 17th. We really want to hear from you! What did you think? What did you like? What didn’t you like? Were you inspired? Repulsed? We want to hear it all. Additionally, we would love for you to share suggestions for the next read. Bookclub will always take place the third week of the month on the Facebook page (unless otherwise indicated due to holidays or something).

So happy reading and I look forward to hearing your thoughts-good or bad-on our inaugural read, Opearating Instructions.

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