I’ll Get By With a Little Help from My Friends!

Today I had to return to the doctor for my second round of steroids, but George was at work and obviously I can’t drive. I actually haven’t driven since May 16th! Boy, that seems weird. Anyways, my friend, Neha, and her Mom, Amita, already planned to visit and bring lunch today. And Billie planned to bring dinner tonight so I devised a plan and enlisted their help.

I’ve never mentioned the ordeal we go through getting to the doctor,but thinking about how it took three people to do it today made it blog-worthy. Sometimes I just have to laugh about this sort of thing. Otherwise the flood gates could break.

Neha and Amita drove me to the hospital down the lovely highway 35 corridor complete with construction and bottle neck traffic. Upon arrival, Amita dropped me off with the valet so I could settle into my wheelchair. Usually at this point the valet guy that I befriended takes me to the lobby where I wait for George. This time, Neha then wheeled me to an elevator where we headed to the 6th floor. Once we got there, she wheeled me into the non-ADA compliant doctor’s office. You would think a doctor’s office inside a hospital would be ADA compliant, but nope. Navigating narrow doors and between waiting room chairs is a real treat. I checked in to get my steroid shot and we waited. Meanwhile, Amita navigated the gauntlet that is the parking garage. Once she got out of the garage, she descended the elevator to the ground floor then headed up the second elevator to meet us upstairs.

Billie also managed the parking garage gauntlet and traversed through the elevators. She finally met us in the waiting room and everyone had their parking ticket validated. The nurse finally called me back and Neha wheeled me into a room for my shot, which took a minute tops. All four of us reversed the previous steps of getting into the office. I ended up back with the valet while Billie picked up her car to take me home. This was roughly a two hour ordeal from start to finish. All that for a quick poke in the butt! Thank goodness for friends!

That being said, being temporarily disabled really makes you appreciate the little things in life like walking. While I’m not enjoying this aspect of the adventure, it is making me a better, hopefully more empathic person in the end. Many people that we brush by daily are not dealing with a disability on a temporary basis. It is their permanent reality and it’s not easy. They don’t want our pity, but may just need a hand every now and then or for someone to hold the door open.

Hugs,

Amber

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Bed Rest Movie Reviews

I have officially been on bed rest eight weeks now, six of them strict (e.g. Mostly in bed). At first, I really didn’t watch much television mostly because I cut the cable in our bedroom (genius idea I know). I started with a list of sedentary activities to occupy myself: order various items for the babies, read several novels, write thank you notes, fill out insurance forms, contact insurance companies and human resources for work….you get the idea. Being on bed rest has not been easy for this fiercely independent busy body. Under normal circumstances, I don’t even sit still for a 30 minute sitcom in the DVR. That’s because if there’s a commercial, I figure it’s a good opportunity to get a few chores done like run a load of laundry. I also used to hit the gym 3-4 times a week for yoga classes or kickboxing with our trainer. And, we walked the dogs nightly. It pains me that they rarely if ever get walked and the outlook for future walks is grim.

As the weeks pass, I have pretty much attacked my sedentary to-do list and honestly don’t feel up to doing much. I don’t sleep much at night so the fatigue is insane and I am mostly uncomfortable. Thus, I am becoming an official movie watching professional. Gross, I know. I decided I should review the current movies I’ve seen while on bed rest. The fact that I am taking the time to do this is probably a testament to my utter boredom and attempt to maintain sanity.

Young Adult
Synopsis:Charlize Theron plays Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson). When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate (Patton Oswalt) who hasn’t quite gotten over high school, either. — (C) Paramount

My Two Cents: I felt duped by this one! It is NOT a comedy (its listed as a drama/ comedy) or even a dramedy for that matter. It was somewhat depressing as Mavis is basically an alcoholic who falls on her face throughout the movie. I would not bother with this one.

New Year’s Eve
Synopsis: New Year’s Eve celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in the intertwining stories told amidst the pulse and promise of New York City on the most dazzling night of the year. — (C) Warner Bros

My Two Cents: This was a good mood provoking movie even though it was predictable and didn’t have a ton of plot. It’s worth a dollar redbox movie night.

21 Jump Street
Synopsis: In the action-comedy 21 Jump Street, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier – and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind. — (C) Sony Pictures

My Two Cents: Okay, this one was pretty cheesy and predictable, but has it’s laugh worthy moments. I liked that Johnny Depp made an appearance as an homage to his days on the television show. Channing Tatum makes for good eye candy so that helps this movie. Again, worth renting from redbox for a buck, but that’s it.

Mirror Mirror
Synopsis: One of the most beloved stories of all time is coming to life in the motion picture event for the whole family, Mirror Mirror. A fresh and funny retelling of the Snow White legend, Mirror Mirror features breakout star Lily Collins as Snow White, a princess in exile, and Julia Roberts as the evil Queen who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her Prince in this magical comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over. The film also stars Armie Hammer as the Prince, and Nathan Lane as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen. — (C) Relativity

My Two Cents: I have to admit, I am a sucker for fairy tales so I liked this one a lot. The set and costumes were whimsy and I loved them. The story is mostly the one you know with a few twists. I say this one is worthwhile.

Wanderlust
Synopsis: George (Paul Rudd) and Linda (Jennifer Aniston) are an overextended, stressed out Manhattan couple. After George is downsized out of his job, they find themselves with only one option: to move in with George’s awful brother in Atlanta. On the way there, George and Linda stumble upon Elysium, an idyllic community populated by colorful characters who embrace a different way of looking at things. Money? It can’t buy happiness. Careers? Who needs them? Clothes? Only if you want them. Is Elysium the fresh start George and Linda need? Or will the change of perspective cause more problems than it solves? — (C) Universal

My Two Cents: Ugh!!! I like Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston, but this movie fell flat. There seemed to be holes in the story leaving me to think I missed something. The best parts were when Paul Rudd seemed to be improvising. Seriously, not worth your time.

We Bought a Zoo
Synopsis: This holiday season, acclaimed filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous) directs an amazing and true story about a single dad (Matt Damon) who decides his family needs a fresh start, so he and his two children move to the most unlikely of places: a zoo. With the help of an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, the family works to return the dilapidated zoo to its former wonder and glory. — (C) Official Site

My Two Cents: This was a sweet story inspired by a real family. I found it heartwarming and endearing. The little girl who plays Rosie, Matt Damon’s daughter, totally makes this movie. I say give it a whirl.

The Vow
Synopsis: A newlywed couple (Channing Tatum) recovers from a car accident that puts the wife (rachel McAdams) in a coma. Waking up with severe memory loss, her husband endeavors to win her heart again. — (C) Sony Pictures

My Two Cents: Although it was melancholy at times, this was a sweet love story by Nicholas Sparks. It makes you want to cherish each moment. Again, Channing Tatum served as eye candy at the very least. Worthy of a rental.

American Reunion
Synopsis: In the comedy American Reunion, all the American Pie characters we met a little more than a decade ago return to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn’t and that time and distance can’t break the bonds of friendship. It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim and Michelle married while Kevin and Vicky said goodbye. Oz and Heather grew apart, but Finch still longs for Stifler’s mom. Now these lifelong friends have come home as adults to reminisce about-and get inspired by-the hormonal teens who launched a comedy legend. — (C) Universal

My Two Cents: I have to admit….this one is sort of a guilty pleasure. The American Pie series came out when I was in high school so it is reminiscent for George and I. As the rest of the series, this one is down right raunchy and not for your mother. If you graduated in the 90’s you’d probably appreciate it.

Any suggestions about movies I should watch??? I have plenty of time for at home movies, and I have Netflix online.

Hugs,

Amber

Movie synopsis courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes

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29 weeks, 6 days

Getting Pretty

I have the best hair stylist ever! Matt has been cutting my hair for about four years, or maybe five. Honestly, I can’t remember. I found him at an Aveda salon after not getting so much as a trim for seven months. My hair was in dire straits when we met. You see, the previous stylist gave me a horrendous bob that needed to grow out and I pretty much fired her. I had never trusted my hair with a boy, but figured Aveda salons wouldn’t steer me wrong, and they didn’t!

Matt has also become the stylist for George and Courtney, which means he probably knows all the family secrets by now…he he. He keeps us all looking our best, and is a friend too. He was so sweet that he made a home visit today. Of course I haven’t been able to visit the salon in months, and have been seriously neglecting my hair. Since I am mostly in bed, I basically wash my hair and pony tail it, which is not a good look. I was hoping he could put toner on my hair to tame the color, but realized there was no way to rinse it out. Oh well, I will just have to wait to work on the color. In the meantime, Matt gave me a great trim and I feel much better. I may be “large, and not in charge”, but I can have pretty hair. Thanks, Matt!

Here’s Matt armed with scissors, blow dryer, and flat iron. Hair, beware!

Here’s the new “do”

Hugs,

Amber

Ps…we made it 29 weeks now. Yay!

Bed Rest with Companions

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Yesterday being left to my own devices was a little bit more difficult than I expected.  I wasn’t bored I have plenty to do.  I wasn’t lonely (at least not yet).  It was being alone in my own thoughts was the hardest part.  I noticed every twinge and wondered if it was normal or worth worrying about.  Thank goodness Sasha and Lily take bed rest VERY seriously!  They snuggle up with me most of the day and pretty much just rest or sleep so naturally they encourage me to do the same.  It’s an added bonus that they don’t care what I look like.  I don’t know how I would manage without them. 

The highlight of my day was going for my weekly date with Dr. Tabor.  It was the first time since Saturday that I needed to get dressed, fix my hair, and put on make up.  I do get dressed everyday, but I don’t bother getting totally ready.  I mean, that takes a lot of energy for me.   After I take a shower, I need a nap!  The appointment went well and there were no concerns.  I just need to stay on bed rest at home, which really isn’t too bad.  I just need to start reading more to get out of my own head.  The first chapter of the Hunger Games was pretty good so I think I will spend more time with it tomorrow. 

 

hugs!

 

Amber

Making the Most of It

Bed rest to this point hasn’t been completely terrible (all six days of it).  Fortunately, most of the time either George has been home or my mom’s been here so I haven’t had to be alone too much.  That really helps.  I have a hard time asking them to constantly do things I feel like I could do myself.   It’s little things like refilling water, getting the phone, putting my dishes away, and doing laundry.  However, it’s so important that I don’t get up any more than necessary since too much activity is what triggers contractions.  George is generally not the best nurse when I’m sick, but he’s been great with this bed rest stuff.  He usually gets onto me if he thinks I’m up too much and never lets my Tervis tumblers go empty.  Being so sedentary has me a little freaked out about muscle atrophy.  A while back, I asked Dr. Tabor about “bed exercises” and he just shook his head so I guess that is out of the question.  I am soooo glad that I worked out a lot pre pregnancy at least.  That has to help, right?

Today, George took me to his Dad’s house so I could relax in the pool.  I have a maternity swimsuit from my cousin, but the top is way too tiny so I put  what used to be a baggy yoga tank over it.  Two weeks ago when I tried it on, it fit perfectly, but now the tank rides up a bit.  It didn’t matter though, being in the water was GREAT!  Not only did I get to see the light of day, but the water relieved the pressure of all the extra baby weight I am carrying.  Obviously I didn’t swim, I just totally relaxed in the hot tub part of the pool.  For those of you inclined to worry we had the temperature set in the low 90’s (e.g. lukewarm bath water), I had tons of spf 50 on myself, and I drank approximately 72 ounces of water in less than two hours.  When we got home I took a nice two-hour nap!  I am hoping we can get in the pool again soon.  It was really nice.

Poolside lunch served by the Cabana Boy (aka FIL)

Living it up in the pool!

Tomorrow I am left to my own devices until my Father-in-Law drops me off at Dr. Tabor’s office.  I have a decent list of sedentary things to do while I am parked on the couch: write thank you notes, read The Hunger Games, fill out disability insurance forms, catch up with blogging, start digital scrapbooks for the babies, and go through the cards we’ve received.  I will probably do some of that tomorrow, and watch some daytime TV trash too.   George stocked the fridge with prepared snacks to reduce my getting up and standing time.  Let’s just hope I don’t start getting cabin fever anytime soon.

hugs!

Amber

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Going Co-Ed

My cousins, Jennifer & Lindsay, hosted a co-ed shower for us this past weekend.  Since we are having quads, we wanted to include all of our friends and family in preparation for the babies so we thought it would be fun to make one shower co-ed.   Unfortunately by the time this shower rolled around, I was already on bed rest.  UGH!!!  Just hours prior to the shower, Lindsay’s air conditioner went out!  She called an HVAC company through Home Warranty and tried to use me as an excuse, but to no avail.  They basically said since I didn’t live their it wasn’t a priority.  So much for getting some quad sympathy this time.  Luckily the weather was relatively mild and the shower was in the evening so I didn’t over heat.

I found a post in Lindsay’s club chair and propped my feet up on an ottoman, which worked pretty well.  George made sure to keep my drink glass filled with H2O and brought me plates of the yummy Mexican food that was served.  Our guests played this cute little game where they had to guess what quad fact might go with a series of random numbers (scary ones for us like how much we will spend on formula this year and how many diapers we will change).   My bed-resting self gave George an opportunity to open gifts, which was cute.  I loved seeing him open packages and then trying to identify what he opened (he was surprisingly good at it).  He had a little trouble with bottle nipples, but identified pacifier clips!  By the end of the evening, I secretly wanted to load Lindsay’s chair into the van when we left, it was so much more comfy than our couch.

hugs!

Amber (& George)

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