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Bed rest during pregnancy is not uncommon and it can be rough. When I was 7 weeks pregnant with my third baby, I broke my leg. The break was bad and required orthopedic surgery. Of course, because I was pregnant and wanted to stay that way – I had no anesthesia during the surgery or pain killers afterwards. For 7 weeks following the surgery, I couldn’t stand, walk, drive, or work. I was also throwing up several times a day from morning sickness. And I had two small children (ages 2 and 4) and a husband who worked always.
It was maybe not the funnest period of my life. And truthfully, my family struggled through it.
But there is always a silver lining, right? And though the circumstances of my convalescence were different from regular pregnancy bedrest, the lessons I learned are (I think) pretty universal.
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Everybody got a mommy appreciation lesson.
Like every mom, I had times where I felt unappreciated and taken for granted. I sometimes wondered what would happen to my family if I just stopped doing all the stuff I always did for them. But when I suddenly did stop, some amazing things happened. First, their eyes were opened. And that part was great.
But what happened second, was that my own eyes were opened. And that stung a little. I had been doing way too much, and I was doing a lot of it wrong. I was really invested in being right all the time, instead of just asking for help. I walked around thinking "you people have no idea how much I do for you"
and acting like a martyr, instead of treating my husband like the partner he was and seeing that my kids could do more for themselves.
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