Mamas on Bedrest: “Mark the Moments” of Your Bedrest Experience

March 19th, 2014

Happy Video Wednesday Mamas!!

Today’s video blog is inspired by the journey I’ve been on with my 11 y.o. daughter as we prepare for middle school. As many of you know she is my first born and she “introduced” me to high risk pregnancies, bed rest, preterm labor, preterm birth, prematurity and the NICU. She is my inspiration for creating Mamas on Bedrest & Beyond! As we are contemplating our choices for middle school, it dawned on me the other day, this is another milestone that I must mark down. You see, for each of my children, I nearly filled their baby books and have kept little journals in which I have made note of funny things they have said, quirky things they have done and, you know, mom stuff!!  Each of my children knows that I have these journals for them and I have shared bits and pieces here and there. I actually started my daughter’s journal after my first miscarriage and then morphed it into thoughts and prayers I said while I was carrying her, then into memories of her.

Mamas, I really want to encourage you to “mark the moments” of your bed rest experience. I know you are often sad. I know you are often scared. But these are important emotions at an important time in your life and the life of your baby. I shared a few pages from my “scared days” with my daughter and she was really surprised. “Mama, I didn’t think you ever got scared.” (Oh if she only knew!!) But I have found that both of my children really enjoy seeing what was going on while I was carrying them, and in the case of my daughter, journaling in her “journal” really helped me to work through a lot of fear and anxiety. In addition, in our era of technology, you may want to create a video chronicle for your child, a short daily video entry that you can show them later. You may want to create an audio journal. You may want to create a blog, or even a book as one mama in our community did. I once read about a mama who made a quilt for her child of all sorts of milestones; first outfit, school picture outfits, school uniforms, etc…and she gave the quilt to her child when the child left for college!

So as you can see, marking the moments of bedrest (& beyond!) can actually be a wonderful chronicle of your life and bond with your baby. There is no right or wrong way to do this. I just encourage you to do it! You won’t be sorry and what you create will most certainly be a treasure.

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