Bed Rest Changes Things

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Surprisingly, I am actually finding stuff to keep me busy while on bed rest. However, I have deep routed desires to get out of the house. I’m not on total bed rest. I am allowed to sit up with my feet up, and probably do so more than I should. I do get out every once in while, mostly to church and occasionally a dinner. I have made 2 very short trips to the craft store, hence the reason I have a few things to keep me busy. There have been many changes in our house hold to accommodate the rest of the family and myself while I spend so much time laying down. We are normally a very green, cloth diapering, healthy food eating type of family. Since a lot of the cooking, cleaning and laundry have fallen onto John and Atlantis, we have more throw away items and more fast food. We have paper towels for the first time in years and Troy is in disposables. I have to continuously remind myself that I can’t expect my family to do things the way I would do them, Especially with items such as cleaning and cooking.

School in this season of our lives looks a bit different also. I’m focusing on language arts and math (that really hasn’t changed). Our multiple times a week field trips are totally gone for a while though, along with play dates, my coffee Mondays with other moms, extra curricular activities and the two homeschool groups we joined this year. I have decided to put science on hold until our new little bundle arrives. History is done mostly through videos right now and we haven’t been doing to many projects to go along with them, just worksheets. Instead of using the table to work with manipulatives, Petra uses  a tray on my bed. She actually seems to think this last one is kind of cool. The kids are in charge of what they do for art and P.E. Previously we have always tried to be done with school work by around 4 or 4:30. Now we do it at any time I feel up for it, even if that means we are making fraction pizzas on my bed at 10 p.m.

We have also had to move things around a bit. It was to challenging keeping Troy out of all the homeschool stuff while it was in our one large main room. It is now all in the master bedroom so little fingers will leave it alone. We also invested in a few more organizational items so I can tell the kids exactly where to get items. Our furniture in the main room has been moved around so I can keep a better eye on Mr. Mischievous when I’m in the living room.

Lately we have started hosting a few more things than usual at our house. The thought is that if I can’t get out, then we will just have to have people in. It’s been fun. We have one set of friends that is at our house at least once a week and often more. This has been a huge blessing to me. They haven’t told me, but I know this is a conscious choice on their part. Since meeting them a couple of years ago, they have always been very busy people.

My children are learning things through this that I would have never even thought threw exactly how to teach them.

They are learning compassion and how to truly be helpful. I need so much help right now and they are the ones providing most of that help. Atlantis is the main cook for the house right now. Through the week she makes sure everyone has breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks. Petra is usually my go get’er. She fetches nearly everything I could possibly need from books to bottles of water. This is on top of keeping up with school work and chasing after Troy all day.

They are learning the importance of seizing the moment. More and more often lately, I feel like the walking dead. However, sometimes I feel almost normal. At those time we try to do something a little more fun. Within the confines of my bed rest rules that is. Today, John took me out for breakfast then this afternoon he drove us all to the park and I watched the kids play as I sat in car. This may not seem like much, but when doctors orders keep you confined to the only the ground floor of 1800 square foot townhouse, any excursion, even ones where you don’t leave the car, are exciting.

They are learning how to work together. It takes real team work for the girls to keep an eye on Troy and get a gluten free lunch or dinner ready. It also takes a tremendous amount of effort and teamwork to keep little Troy entertained while school work gets done.

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