Everyone Thursday: Plaid Tailored Blazer

Merona Plaid Tailored BlazerOooh: I love the navy windowpane pattern shown here, but there are a zillion variations of this blazer — blue buffalo plaid, black and white windowpane, a gray plaid — they’re all lovely. I like the tiny bit of stretch (2% spandex, huzzah) and the general fitted shape. The pictured blazer is $35. Merona™ Plaid Tailored Blazer

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  1. Clementine says:

    So as a followup to my ‘any advice about maybe facing some preterm labor’ question, baby decided that I would end up taking off from work 2 months earlier than planned and hanging out in the hospital until baby’s grand appearance! If anyone wants to send good vibes, I’d really appreciate them.

    My PSA here is just to say: when something feels weird or not right, ask questions and call. And go to your followup appointments!

    • Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that, but I’m glad you and the baby are getting the care that you need.

      • Clementine says:

        Thank you! I keep being so thankful that I live in a time and a place and a situation where I have access to really good care- my prenatal care has been awesome, which is why they even caught this, and I’m so glad to be in a place where even if baby was born today, they’d be in a great position to help.

    • Butter says:

      Oooh, sorry to hear that, but also glad to hear that for now everything is safe and sound and you’re in good hands. Sending good vibes your way!! Also treat yourself. Maybe some mid-day Hocus Pocus watching is in order?

      • Clementine says:

        It’s so funny that you suggest Hocus Pocus- for some reason, I keep suggesting kids movies to watch. After yesterday’s adventure, last night’s selection was “Aladdin”.

    • Oh dear, I’m sorry to hear that. Sending good vibes to you and the little one.

    • Good vibes sent! Keep cooking, little one.

    • I’ve been there, twice. Once the baby didn’t listen and came anyway; the other time baby cooked a little longer. Bed rest kind of sucks, especially in the hospital. Find something to do with your hands: puzzles, crafts, books. Binge watch some shows. Write a journal. The odds are very good for babies that make it to 32 weeks. :) If you want to talk, let me know!

      • Clementine says:

        thank you- I may take you up on that. I keep saying one day at a time and just focusing on each day being a good day. i think I might pick up one of those adult coloring books, actually… This seems like exactly the situation it was made for.

        • EP-er says:

          Absolutely! Email any time at Corpore tt e Jen at the google mail (no spaces.) One day at a time is all you can do, and every single day counts. :)

    • Oof, I’m sorry. My advice: (1) order a foam mattress topper from Amazon — the beds in mother/baby are better than the ones in L&D, but not by much; (2) ask the nurses if you can keep some food in the fridge in the family room — my husband picked up several rolls, some sliced ham and cheese, a bag of lettuce, and a jar of good mustard to keep on hand for when he couldn’t bring me non-hospital food for dinner (that hospital food is not so bad for a meal or two, but after living in the hospital for more than a couple of days, it gets really really old); (3) find out if there’s any traveling spa in your area — we had someone come in and do mani-pedis and it was such a nice treat; (4) if you’re lonely, ask the nurses if any of the other women on bed rest are interested in making friends — they can’t disclose who’s in the hospital, but there are ways for them to hook you up with other ladies so you all can visit each other; (5) you probably already figured this out, but get your husband to bring you real towels! those hospital things are useless for showers; (6) when you think you’re going to go out of your mind, try to just concentrate on the next hour — you’re safe, you’re warm, there are good people taking care of you and your baby, and you can sit on a comfortable(ish) bed and watch some movie or TV show you really want to watch; worry about tomorrow when it comes.

      Lots of good vibes going your way!

      • Clementine says:

        This is such an awesome list!!

        Somehow, the edible thing that the hospital has that I want to eat is salad- like straight rabbit-food style salad. I guess that part could be worse! It just leaves more space in my day for all the cookies I’ve been turning down throughout pregnanc in favor of fruit.

        I’m also really lucky to be very close to home and work and my family/friends, so it’s not too far out of the way for people to ‘stop by’.

    • Meg Murry says:

      I am sorry you are on bed rest, but glad to hear the baby is still cooking.

      I’ve heard good things about Sidelines – a support group for women who are on bedrest, have a high risk pregnancy or preemies. I guess they have a closed Facebook group so you can chat with other women also on bed rest. https://www.sidelines.org/index.php/support/discussion-groups

      Feel free to pose some random questions here for us to entertain you! When I was laid up with a foot injury, I found that the best thing to keep me from going crazy was audiobooks on my phone plus doing something with my hands, like knitting, crocheting or other handicrafts. I also scheduled “phone appointments” with a lot of friends I hadn’t talked to on the phone since college – friend 1 would call at noon PST, 3 pm EST on her lunch break on Tuesdays, friend 2 during her commute home on Thursdays, etc. It kept me from going completely stir crazy from lack of human contact.

      • Clementine says:

        Y’all are always a source of such good advice and overall support- I’ll be keeping you (obnoxiously) posted as to how everything’s going.

        Thank you.

    • Chi Squared says:

      Thinking of you and your LO! Like EP-er says, 32 weekers generally do very well, even though they will probably need a NICU stay. Keep us updated if you can.

      • Clementine says:

        As someone who usually finds comfort in statistics and numbers, I would normally be clinging onto this so much, but for some reason the thing that’s bringing me the most peace is just telling myself that, ‘for right now, things are okay.’

        I’m just gonna keep going with that plan.

        And ya know, even 31 week babies born to moms with no underlying conditions (like me) and have had good prenantal care and are in appropriate care environments do okay. I’ll tell ya though- I don’t know if anything in this world can prepare you for suddenly going from low risk and healthy to high risk and hospitalized in a span of 10 minutes.

    • Katarina says:

      I am thinking of you.

    • I’m sorry to hear this, and I’m thinking of you and your LO! As I said a few days ago, I was on bed rest starting around 31 weeks (although it was not hospital bed rest). I found it pretty lonely at times, so if you’d like to talk, I’m happy to email back and forth.

      Some advice – and this applies after the baby is born too – is that if friends or family offer to help, take them at face value and accept help. A lot of people will make general offers to help, so keep a specific list of what people can do for you.

      Since I can’t resist giving more advice, be easy on your spouse. I honestly think my bed rest was harder for DH than it was for me. He had to take care of everything at home, had to take care of me, and had to continue working a really intense job. All the stress and uncertainty really took a toll on him too. There’s not much you can do, and of course your partner should take care of you (and will want to most days), but just remember to say “thank you” and “I love you” etc.

      My go-to activities while on bed rest were (1) reading – I read All the Light We Cannot See, Americanah, The Girl on the Train, the House of Silk, Bossypants, Orphan Train, Dead Wake, and Sippy Cups are Not for Chardonnay during one month on bed rest. (And I haven’t finished a book since LO was born 6 months ago!) (2) any household/administrative tasks that could be done on my computer, such as working with your financial planner, insurance broker, lawyer (set up a will), etc.; making appointments for maintenance we needed around the house; backing up our computers, cleaning out old programs, updating software, etc.; coordinating or planning things people could do for us; (3)organizing digital photos/ making a photo album of my pregnancy, which I think helped me feel a little more positive about the generally difficult pregnancy, and (4) calls, emails, letters, etc. to catch up with friends and family. I tried to stay away from watching tv and Netflix while I was by myself, mainly because I feel restless when I don’t use my brain for at least part of the day, but DH and I watched plenty together in the evenings. I also tried not to shop online because I have a tendency to shop to make myself feel better, and that seemed like a slippery slope. Of course, if you still need baby items, you can always shop or register for those!

      • I don’t know who will see this since this is from yesterday, but +1 on going easy on your SO. Aside from having to do the home stuff, dog stuff, work stuff, and visiting me stuff, he also just felt really powerless. It’s a stereotype but there’s some truth in it that for many men, thinking his family is in danger and being entirely unable to do anything to help them is really stressful. It killed my husband to think that the first time his children were in danger was the time he was least able to help them.

  2. I had this crazy urge to do embroidery when I was pregnant – hadn’t before, haven’t since – but I ordered a couple off of Amazon and found it oddly soothing to make slow, but visible progress on something for the baby while we were waiting for him to finish his stay in utero. The final product was framed and is hanging in his room, below the one my mom did for me while she was pregnant. So if you’re looking to take up a new hobby while bed bound …

    Also, good vibes and best of luck.

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