A wholly different kind of nesting

First off, my first doctor’s visit after the cerclage update:  Everything looks good.  Cervix is stitched closed and this has created a measurement of about 2.8 cm.  DrGav thinks that it should stay that way given where he placed the stitch (good and high).  No new discomforts, no new bleeding, no new cramping.  In fact, I feel absolutely fine.  I let DrGav know that I was very good and stayed almost entirely prone on my back or on my side for the entire week.  He said that was excellent, he was pleased at how well my post-surgical recovery is going.  He recommended that I do the same thing for another week to continue to help in the healing process.  He hinted that after a few weeks of doing the same, I may be able to get off bed rest.

Each morning starts as I:

  • Get out of bed
  • Have a pee
  • Brush my teeth
  • Get dressed

Then I:

  • Grab my ipod
  • Laptop
  • Current book(s) I am reading
  • Puzzle book, pen and pencils

Afterwards I:

  • Gently head downstairs (yes I’m allowed)
  • Climb on the couch
  • Arrange pillows and blankets on said couch for maximum comfort options
  • MrBeep brings me breakfast, water, Tivo remote, cordless phone, cell phone
  • He gives me a smootch once I am settled, then he is off to work for the day

My “couch nesting” day has begun.  I call the couch and it’s surroundings “My Nest” because that is what I have made it over the last week.  I am not a very good bed rest patient.  I hate being idle for hours and days at a time.  So I build up a nest of shiny bits, plenty of things to keep me busy and my mind active, but it’s not what I WANT to be doing right now.  I WANT to be cleaning out my pantry.  I WANT to be getting rid of the excess books in my library.  I WANT to be editing video on my big computer downstairs.  I WANT to be cleaning out my closets of excess junk.  However, if I am a very good girl, I may be lucky enough to only have to do this for a few more weeks and then I can get to a few of the other things in due time.  <sigh>  I shouldn’t whine or bitch or moan.  I am very lucky to be here, but I don’t even want to THINK about the idea of 16 more weeks of bed rest.  I’ll do it if I have to, but I would much rather be extra good now and hopefully be allowed to gently putter around the house later.

I don’t like regular TV that much.  It’s hard for me to kill much time watching the tube.  I especially hate talk shows, most reality shows, 85% of cooking/home improvement/fashion-sense shows, and sitcoms.  I can get into a few really good series.  My friend Tiff offered to bring by Sex and the City and the L-word.  She also mentioned Californication as a good show.  I told her that #1-she is a perv and #2-that I have already watched Sex in the City plus #3-I have been on strict orders for no sex (aka “pelvic rest”) since December and now with the cerclage going forward for the rest of the pregnancy.  Um yeah, don’t really want to watch any show that is a daily source of soft pr0n.  Frustrated enough for now.  Thankyouverymuch.

I did manage to stumble across this show called “Clean House” where a crew of people come in to clean up these places stuffed with a gajillion pounds of stuff/crap/junk.  A current member of my family’s house is like this, my grandfather who passed a few years ago was like this too.  When it gets really bad, it is truly an illness or a compulsion for hoarding and not merely a matter of organization.  Even though the cast make jokes from time to time, they generally treat the homeowners with compassion and respect.  I liked that, so I Tivo’d a few episodes…plus watching THOSE houses get cleaned up and organized somehow eases my need for nesting. :-)

Any good series YOU recommend I order from Netflix?

26 comments on "A wholly different kind of nesting"

meinsideout on February 4, 2010 at 12:48 PM said...

I am so glad to hear that things are well!!! I just started watching United States of Tara - I love Toni Collette - and if you have never seen her in Muriel's Wedding - you should get that too. Back to United States...I am liking the series - she has multiple personalities - but warning - lots and lots of profanity. I just added mad men to my queue as well.

I am doing well on my "modified bed rest" - my husband and stepson help with everything.

I hope things continue to go well and that you can start to do the hard core nesting soon!

K on February 4, 2010 at 1:02 PM said...

Yay on a closed cervix and bed rest doing its job!

Series: LOST is good if you're not into it already- its ending this season and though the last few seasons haven't been amazing, seasons 1 and 2 are awesome and will help time FLY BY. BIG LOVE is fun and crazy and also helps time go by pretty fast. Aso, I haven't seen THE WIRE but I heard its amazing and that people can't get enough of it.

kimbosue on February 4, 2010 at 1:06 PM said...

Glad the cerclage is healing well. YAY for you being a good little couch nester.

Don't worry about your pantry or your closets. You can do those next year.....and with the help of a short person!

LOST is awesome! Season 6 (final) started this week but there is hours of craziness to catch up on in Seasons 1-5.

Pie on February 4, 2010 at 1:23 PM said...

Good girl, you keep resting, even if your brain will turn to mush. It's for the best.

TV shows, hmmm...if you have lots of time on your hands, I do love Lost. You'd catch up on 5 seasons, that's over 100 hours of TV. Then you could follow along with the last season, which just started airing. I also like 30 Rock. Man Men is supposed to be good too.

Hang in there!!

mekate on February 4, 2010 at 1:27 PM said...

Such great news Traci!
your nest seems like a good thing, as much as it can be, downstairs, comfortable, and filled with shiny trinkets.

so very glad your cervix is looking so great, and that you may get some get-up-and-wander time if things continue to go well.

hoping hoping!

jill on February 4, 2010 at 1:31 PM said...

Happy to hear everything is going well with the cervix! :)

I'm way to lax on what I will watch on TV so I'd have no idea what to suggest to you that you wouldn't hate. haha Do you like scifi stuff? Which ones are the "really good series" that you referenced?

sunflowerchilde on February 4, 2010 at 2:28 PM said...

I'm really happy to hear that all is well and the monsters are staying put.

I too would HATE bedrest, I am a person who likes to get things done. Having morning sickness during the first trimester put a serious crimp in my style, too.

I don't watch a lot of TV, but I would heartily agree with Lost, because I LOVE it. I also generally liked Battlestar Galactica, I don't know if you're a sci-fi nerd like me. A lot of my friends seem to like Dexter. It is a sitcom, but I also really like The Office - it's funny because it's TRUE.

Lucky Jones on February 4, 2010 at 2:43 PM said...

Lol - Clean House makes me want to go nuts organizing! And then there's Hoarders on A&E, which is really sad as it focuses more on the disorder aspect of clutter. I try to stick with the sassy Niecy Nash though.

You might like Weeds - it's very good. Funny :) or do what I've been doing and catch up on old CSI episodes on Spike TV.

Sounds like you are doing great!

Sunny on February 4, 2010 at 3:41 PM said...

Woo hoo on that awesome cervix!!! I really hope you don't have to stay on bedrest much longer... it's totally not da bomb. It's not so much the boredom that gets to me, it's just there's so much OTHER STUFF I need to be doing...

I can't remember if you've said you watch Monk or Psych... those are two of my favorites. And Top Chef, even though I don't like cooking. I've had several people tell me to watch Veronica Mars, so it's on my Netflix, but I haven't gotten to it yet.

The only instant chat service I have is on skype. Do you have an account there?

The Steadfast Warrior on February 4, 2010 at 3:44 PM said...

Glad the bed rest is doing it's job. Really hope you don't have to stay there for too long.

Meanwhile, Mercy is a pretty good show (I you like Gray's Anatomy, you'll like Mercy)- and you cna watch it online. My friend was just telling me how good Modern Family is.

Ann on February 4, 2010 at 7:26 PM said...

Oh, Oh, Oh! I'll make all kinds of recommendations of what I like...that won't get you...you know, "excited".

Big Love
Mad Men
Six Feet Under
Burn Notice

PS- Super excited for the good bedrest and stitch results. I knew it. We all knew it. ;-)

Clare on February 5, 2010 at 12:23 AM said...

Glad to hear things are on the mend. I know you must be super bored with bed rest by now but... i love the sound of your morning ritual.... i would just knit all day watching cool shows.. I just started knitting and found it is the perfect distraction, time flies by!

However for TV shows you have to watch:

Lost - if you dont watch it, now is a perfect time to start, season 1 & 2 are amazing!

Ugly Betty - frivolous fun, very witty

Desperate Housewives - i love it and each season is great.

Californication is great but hell yeah there is a lot of sex. Though not in anyway going to turn you on... it's either very awkward, shocking or just hysterically funny. Put it this way it's all from a very male point of view.

For books:

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts - it's a big book and a real page turner, it will keep you engrossed for weeks! And read it before the film comes out, with Johnny Depp starring, hmm yum... sorry i forgot, no sexy thoughts!

WiseGuy on February 5, 2010 at 5:09 AM said...

Well, Mr.Cerclage...you stay good...

and well my TV Series recommendations are cliched - ...Desperate Housewives, Friends, The Tudors...

WiseGuy on February 5, 2010 at 5:12 AM said...

Oh and I love Clare's book recommendation - Shantaram...I read it and found it awesome!

The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)
White Mughals (William Dalrymple)
The Fountainhead

You could go through the 'Carry On' series.

Have you watched 'The Party' (Peter Sellers)?

Anonymous said...

if you haven't seen the True Blood series, its kinda cool.

Glad they caught the cervix thing when they did. Rest well!!

JJ on February 5, 2010 at 11:14 AM said...

Sounds like you have your schedule down pat! I re watched Felicity on DVD, I watched Weeds, lots of HGTV :)

Rotten on February 5, 2010 at 1:01 PM said...

Oooo. You got some good recommendations for Netflix series rentals in your comment so I'll comment on your bedrest and how great is was to read that you are doing better. Isn't it funny how when you are stuck on the couch and not able to do anything, you come up with the best projects to do that you're not allowed to do. I rearranged my entire house in my head while I was on my bedrest. :) I also re-taught myself how to knit thanks to a kit that a friend had brought me. My visitors saved my sanity. If I lived closer, I would totally come by, but it sounds like you are in good hands!! Crossing my fingers for a "release" from your "nest" soon.

Mad Hatter on February 5, 2010 at 4:53 PM said...

Good for you! You're doing awesome! I love Grey's Anatomy, although there is some sex in it, it's more soap opera style, and Battlestar Gallactica and Heroes and Lost are all good.
Keep up the most excellent nesting!

Kate on February 5, 2010 at 7:44 PM said...

Glad to hear the old cervix is behaving and the babies are good.
Ditto on Lost - I watched the first season while on my self-imposed couch arrest. I remember liking Six Feet Under when it was on. I also love watching the old brat pack movies from the 80s, and read a lot of brainless harlequins.

K on February 6, 2010 at 9:28 AM said...

Oh good. (I'm sighing relief over here.) I'm so glad everything is behaving. You have a good outlook too, so that's gotta help. I don't watch much TV either, honestly I hadn't heard of most of the other recommendations you got. However, I am a fan of the Sopranos. Yeah, it's an old series, but it's a good one for starting at the beginning if you haven't seen it. I also got mildly hooked on Entourage but haven't caught up on it recently. It's easy, light watching and it's loosely based on Mark Wahl.berg's life and rise to stardom.
Anyway, happy things are holding together for you. Take care.

Wehaf on February 6, 2010 at 6:14 PM said...

I don't have any Netflix suggestions, but librivox.org has a top of free audio books.

babygaga on February 8, 2010 at 12:47 AM said...

A couple of series I enjoy

Big love ( a lot of sex in the first serie/series, not so much now).
Accidentally on purpose
How i met your mother
Project Runway
True blood (soft porn)
The vampire Diaries
Private practice
The big bang theory
Last season of Survivor was good
Cougar town
Drop dead diva

cowgirltn on February 8, 2010 at 10:14 AM said...

Praying the few weeks fly by.

If you can laugh I would rent "Curb Your Enthusiasum" it's hilarious if you liked Seinfeld.

Then "Weeds" if you don't mind swearing, sex and drugs.

Megan on February 8, 2010 at 5:22 PM said...

I am a documentary nut. NetFlix has tons of great documentaries!

MrsSpock on February 9, 2010 at 12:48 PM said...

Here from L & F.

I've been catching up on Project Runway on Netflix and enjoy it. Watching TrueBlood now, and though I enjoy it (I'm reading the books as well), I must warn I was a bit shocked by graphic sex. ALmost softcore p0rn really.

Jendeis on February 10, 2010 at 8:22 AM said...

Glee (!)
How I Met Your Mother
Grey's Anatomy

Ironically, I'm addicted to Intervention (A&E). I can't not watch it.


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