Inside Baby and the Not-Bummer Summer
June 2, 2014 10:01 AM Subscribe
With ~10 weeks to go in my pregnancy, some health complications are keeping me and my husband close to home and eating bland food. Have kept us there for quite a while already, actually. How can we keep from going stir-crazy, especially at a time when I would love to be out and about?
posted by Madamina to Grab Bag (23 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My hospital-grade gallbladder attacks, and the constant worry about when the next one might hit, have already cost us the ability to plan anything ahead of time. Now I'm potentially looking at surgery -- or a long wait until I can have surgery, then attempt to recover with a baby underfoot.
I just feel so hermity and self-pitying. I try to get the occasional massage or pedicure, but it feels like most of the positive things I could look forward to -- much-needed distractions from OMG BABBY TERROR -- are being taken out of my control.
--We don't feel like we can pre-plan anything, including day trips and potentially a family baby shower in the next state. We wasted $450 on a botched trip to see the Arcade Fire. These kinds of things were supposed to be rewards for surviving a tough winter and all of my previous health crap, as well as celebrating this time in our lives before the kid comes, and they've gone right into the shitter.
--I've had to cut out fat and (a lot of) dairy, such that I eat the same two boring sandwiches and protein smoothies all the time. That takes out ANOTHER "reward," especially here in town where we enjoy a great restaurant culture and/or fabulous potlucks and BBQs.
--And THEN I have spent so much time taking it easy that I have long since worked through all of my comfort viewing and reading. There are only so many episodes of "Rehab Addict" on On Demand.
I have also been very reluctant to socialize with people other than our downstairs neighbor. It's hard to talk about the fact that oh yeah, my pregnancy is going absolutely great except for this CRIPPLING PAIN and non-enjoyment of anything. Hell, it's hard to talk about pregnancy, period. I don't feel like much of my own person.
I'm looking for any suggestions for things my husband and I could do that could liven up our summer that are close to home, or maybe short trips we could take on the spur of the moment if things seem to be going decent. We are in Madison, WI and could probably drop a little money on things if needed (god knows we haven't used it except for the nursery).
Or, you know, any words of wisdom. I feel like I'm practically on bedrest when I'm really not, and it's a tough limbo to be in. (For reference: the baby is GREAT, and I have no restrictions other than diet. I am a slow-moving vehicle, though, and not very physical right now.)