Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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Bed Rest?

After my BIG SCARE the other night, I am trying to take it easy.  I have never been put on bed rest and am not on it presently, but I have been thinking about it.  How do women with other small children in the home bed rest?  A Mommy’s work is never done, especially when your kids are little, because they are very limited to what they can do for themselves.

I get up in the morning and fix breakfast, and then I find some activity for my kids to do and straighten up the kitchen.  If I’m lucky, I can squeeze in a load of laundry.  There’s tooshies to be wiped and pjs to be taken off and teeth to be brushed and beds to be made.  Then, I’m back into the kitchen to fix lunch.  This cycle repeats itself as there are 3 square meals in a day, not to mention a snack or two in there somewhere….so where is the rest?  And the bed?  Well, I did make it this morning!

Thankfully, my scary moment was just that; a scary moment and there has been no harm to me or the baby and no need for bed rest.  For my own sake, I am trying to sit a lot with my feet propped up and lay some on my side, as well as drink plenty of water.  This is my plan until the bleeding stops.

How am I doing it?  I explained to the kids at breakfast that today we were going to take it easy.  “Mommy needs to rest for the baby today,” I said.  The kids are playing with their toys, which are strung all over the house at the moment…they can clean it up later.  They have been entertaining Mommy with their imaginations.  So far they have played in the rain (let’s just say it’s not raining), they have been to the beach and splashed in the waves (the car hasn’t left the garage), they have been super heroes and have beat all the bad guys and have played Anna’s favorite, babies.

I have decided that the only things getting done are the ones that MUST be done:  feeding, clothing, and potty time.  Other than that, the clothes can wait a day or two, the sticky messy dining room floor can wait until my very dear husband gets home and can help with it.  The dishes are piling high in the sink until after dinner when my kids will help me load the dishwasher, and the other house cleaning chores that I fit in here and there during the week can wait until another day when I am feeling better.

Have you ever been put on bed rest?  What was it like for you?  How did you handle it?

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