Sunday, April 30, 2006

The many faces of bedrest

Being in a high-risk pregnancy on bedrest is an extremely emotional experience. People who have never been in a similar situation can only imagine what it is like... fear, boredom, anger, frustration, hysteria... please! Somebody take me away! Since I cannot adequately describe to you what it is like, I will give you a visual glimpse....

Face #1: Content
Some days I feel content, like nothing can touch me. My cervix will NOT shrink. My baby WILL be full-term.

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Face #2: Eeeewww!
This face is reserved for such phrases as ,"this house is filthy!" and, "what is that smell?"

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Face #3: Holding my breath
This is for the days where I am holding my breath until me next cervical measurement. Dear Lord, pleeaase let my cervix stay long and closed!

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Face #4: Oh, you don't saaay!
This is for the plethora of unwanted pieces of advice. Of course as soon as a woman gets pregnant, people are full of suggestions to do/not do this or that, to eat/not eat this or that, lalala. Is there anything left to do if I take all the advice?

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Face #5: My cervix is HOW long??
This face is for the doctor's eyes only. It is the shock of finding out that my cervix is more than a centimeter shorter than it was two weeks ago. AAAHHH!

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Face #6: FINE (Freaked out, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional)
This face is for the times when I feel the aforementioned feelings, but say that I feel fine. Yeah, sure, I am FINE.... why do you ask?

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How am I feeling today, you might ask? Well, to be honest, I couldn't really tell you if I tried....

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13 comments:

Krystal said...

Becci, I'm sorry, but that was kind of cute. :)

Like I've said a million times, I can't imagine what you're going through, I won't try to give you any advice, and I won't try to tell you "It's not long now!" because I know all of that is bullshit.

All I can say is that I'm here for you, you've come a long way, and I'm so, so proud of you for coping with all of this and managing to stay sane. Although some people would question your sanity if they saw that post!! :)

*hugs* Love you dear!!!

miraclebaby said...

Krys, I think you know me well enough to know that it was supposed to be funny....
You rock. Thanks for being there for me!

Katie Parrott said...

Becci...
This is the first time I have looked at your blog since before I came to visit you with Debbie Smouse and it was SO good to see you still have your sense of humor! I lol'd about your blog and the pics. You seem to be staying really positive, and I bet that helps in your situation. I'm SOOOO excited that you and baby B have gotten this far! I really wish I could have visited you more and gotten to know you. The couple of weeks after I saw you were crazy... trying to pack and prepare to head back to Alaska (where we are now) while dealing with some family sicknesses. Anyway, you truly are amazing to me for what you are going through for this child! I pray for God to bless you and your family above and beyond all that you could ask or imagine! I'll be rooting for you for the next 7 weeks!
Love in Him - Katie Parrott

Mom said...

LOVE the faces. We really do know the spirit behind them, too!

We are on your team, Becci and David. Hang in there. I am sure you have a face for that expression, as well!!

You are both doing great and this little baby is lucky to have you for her parents. Give her a little pat from Grandma Hesselman, okay, Becci? Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

What I think is interesting is how those pictures were taken. I was playing with the continuous mode on our new camera, which takes 2 pictures a second. When I started taking pictures of Becci she just spontaneously started making all those faces. So all those faces you see were made in about 5 seconds or less. She laughed so hard when she saw those pictures...and then you see what she did with them next.

David

Michelle said...

Becci, sorry to hijack your blog to say this, but the coincidence is amazing!! To your commentor Katie Parrot - I looked at your blog and my husband grew up going to church with your husband's family. In fact, my SIL Petrina is best friends with your SIL Katie, and my oldest daughter LOVES to play with your neice Elizabeth when we visit Ketchikan. Your SIL Julie (who was also in my class in high school) and her family live right across the street from my in-laws and my SIL and her husband rent the apartment in the new house Julie and her husband are buying. My in-laws and your in-laws are best of friends. :) Even more important, my husband and I have been praying for you and your family Katie, so even though I've never met you personally you have been in our prayers. :)

Ok, enough hijacking of your blog Becci - your pictures are great!! Keep up the positive attitude and your humor!

Tonya said...

Becci that is too funny!! I know it must be so tough for you having to go through this but you are in great spirits!! Its really nice to see :) Hang in there!!!

Keeterjen said...

I feel bad, and yet I laugh at the faces! Looks like you've found a new toy to distract yourself with! Good!

Hang in there! And definately keep up the good sense of humor!!

*Hugs*

Shinny said...

Great faces Becci! I had to laugh when I went down the list.

Sorry that your body is being a pain for you and doing all these weird things. I hope that it all works itself out and that your baby stays in there til she is a week late. ;)

Take care and know that you have all of us out here to give you support when you need us. Keep up the good sense of humor too.

Becca said...

Becci, are you an actress?! You should be...
LOVED it! thanks, david, for the explanation, as well...that was interesting!

miraclebaby said...

LOL Becca I wanted to be, but the drama teacher at my HS picked favs and I was not one of them. He said he had to pick the people with the most talent. Whatever. I didn't like him anyways.

Emmakirst said...

Hi there, just found your blog via babyblogarama.net.

Those pics were super cute, hehe.
I hope that the next 7wks (praying for more) go by quickly for you. I can't even begin to imagine what it's like. I had a blood clot found at 8wks and the radiologist said to go on bed rest until i speak with my dr and that was only 4 days and i was crawling out of my skin!

Glad all is well so far with you and your baby, and praying that things continue to progress well. :)

Take care.

Lizze said...

I have something very similar on my blog called the "Many Faces of Pregnancy". lol And here I thought I was the only one thinking along those lines. :) lol