5 Reasons Why Bed Rest in 2014 Isn’t So Bad

I’m going on day 7 of bed rest after a scary hospital stay last Sunday night.  The baby and I are both fine, but I’m unable to leave the house for very long, and I’m supposed to “limit stress,” which means working is pretty much out of the question–not so much because GiveForward is stressful but because every email reminds me of how I am unable to meaningfully contribute, which creates stress for my Type A personality.

But, I’m realizing how lucky I am to be living in 2014 with this mandatory rest.  Of course smartphones, Facebook, Instagram, Pulse are all awesome if obvious survival tools, but I also wanted to share some resources that are making my life insanely easier.

Here are my five reasons why bed rest is bearable:

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Perhaps the greatest discovery of the year, Instacart has completely changed my stress about having healthy food around for my 2 year old.  Within a couple of hours, I can have anything from my favorite grocery store delivered…including fresh squeezed orange juice, vitamins, and beer for my husband.  I use the service at least twice a week, so I signed up for the $99 for free delivery for a year. Yes, they charge a little bit more per item (maybe 10% or so) but you end up spending less because you’re not picking up things from the shelf that you only want because you’re hungry and well…pregnant.

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Two reasons I love Amazon:

  1. Prime: I can get most things I need delivered in 2 days and I don’t have to go to Target.  There were several last minute tasks I was planning on doing before baby no. 2 arrives, and I can do/buy them from my bed!  And it’s even better now that you can watch a zillion shows for free, including every season of every HBO series.
  2. Subscribe & Save:  You save 15% when you bundle several orders together in a month, and if you have Amazon Mom you save an extra 5%.  Because of this and the fact that there are rarely taxes on purchases sent to IL, I end up saving nearly 30% on formula, diapers, deodorant, shower gel, toothpaste…basically all the things that are annoying to run out of.

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This email tool is awesome for so many reasons, but I’m finding SaneBox particularly amazing right now being home.  It basically serves as your executive assistant for email and filters out all of the newsletters and unsolicited emails you receive so that only emails from people you know and care about get into your inbox.  The rest goes into a Sane Later box that you can peruse at your convenience. It’s awesome. The reason it’s so helpful now is that I can just look at emails from my team and I don’t have to deal with any of the clutter of outsiders in my inbox.

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After a 5 week medical leave, my husband headed back to work last week.  My bed rest couldn’t have come at a worse time.  I can’t pick up Finn, so I can’t really be alone with him for any extended period of time. I don’t really want to acknowledge how much we’re going to spend on additional help over the next two weeks or after my scheduled c-section which will leave me in the same predicament.  However, the silver lining is that I do actually have help, and it’s easy for me to get additional help because of sites like SitterCity.  All of our nannies and sitters have come from SC, and I’m so grateful it exists…especially now.

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Having grown up in a home where we did our own housecleaning, I actually get some weird pleasure out of cleaning my own bathrooms and floors.  Because of this, we don’t have a regular cleaning person.  But because of awesome startups like Homejoy, I can just schedule one whenever I need it for $20/hour.  It’s pretty awesome.  It’s kind of like UberX for housecleaning 🙂

I would love to hear any other tips for things I can do, apps I can play, sites I can enjoy during my confinement.  Oh, and if you have any great books on getting ready for baby no. 2, I would love those too!



Mother’s Day 2014

Jenna's family is uniting to help her fight brain cancer.

Jenna’s family is uniting to help her fight brain cancer.

This Mother’s Day will be the third time I get to celebrate as “mommy” to an adorable if trying 26 month old.  In the midst of terrible twos it’s tempting to delude myself that the day will be a much deserved 12 hours of all about me time with presents, flowers, delicious brunch, and lots of cuddles from my handsomely clad little boy.


Mila is fighting Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. Please unite to help raise funds for her mounting medical and living expenses.

In reality, I know the day will be much different.  He’ll have no idea that Mother’s Day is not about Batman and Umizoomi.   There will still be a fight at bath time, a refusal to wear a button-up shirt, and a wait at our favorite restaurant.

The truth is that the beauty of Mother’s Day will happen in the moments in between all of my expectations.  It will be the cheerful “Mommy!” I get as I enter his bedroom when he wakes up.  It will be the handclapping wiggle celebration when we get ready for the park.  And it will be the slobbery goodnight kisses that I get after we read each of his three “night-night” books.

This is really what we mothers live for… the small moments of peace and affection from the people little and grown that we love more than life itself.

Mary was taken just a few days after delivering her twin girls.

Mary was taken just a few days after delivering her twin girls.

But for many moms on GiveForward, these moments are much bigger because there’s a chance this tonight’s “night-night” kiss will be one of the last.  The amazing thing is that none of them live their lives that way.  They all fight, they all thrive, they all give everything they have to be there for their families for as long as they possibly can.

Equicha friends and family are helping her battle breast cancer.

Equicha is facing breast cancer.

With 4 weeks left to go in my pregnancy with baby number 2, I find it increasingly hard to read their stories of triumph and bravery in the face of the unknown without tearing up.  I’m sure you will too.  But my hope is that you’ll be inspired by their journeys to appreciate your children, your health, and especially your own mom that much more.