Week 35: House Arrest

HiltonThankfully, there is no clamp on my ankle, but my doctor told me last week in no uncertain terms that I am to “lay low”. She put me on house arrest.
50% thinned and 1 cm dilated, she said eat, sleep, shower and relax until we hit the 36 week mark. HA! She left out the two children, dog, cat, husband, home and two businesses I help manage.
I really did appreciated this advice though, and for the last 7 days I HAVE been taking it easy. Well, OK, I have been taking it “easier”, but I would say I’ve modified her house arrest orders just a tad. FAR from bed-rest, I have taken these steps to reduce my activity level.
1.   I sit instead of stand at the counter when i whip together breakfast and the girls lunches each morning.
2.   My mom has done the grocery shopping the last two times and twice last week, I ask a friend to drive my kids home from school when, come 2:45 pm, I found myself exhausted.
3.   My mother in law is now in town and has taken to fixing me lunch, making sure I always have water… and telling me to “Sit your butt down!” when she sees an explosive burst of energy coming from me (no doubt a result of the nesting hormones that at times have me all of a sudden want to clean out a closet.)
4.   I lay down every few hours and do my best to get baby boy’s feet down and out of my ribcage by stretching.

But I have broken the rules plenty. My worst offenses?
1.   Going with my mother-in-law to Target. Ummm… and then Bed Bath n Beyond. I rationalized that I only needed one or two items in each “super-store”, but that didn’t shrink the super store.
2.   My friend Tracy turned 38 yesterday and I went to her party for 2 hours last night.
3.   Sworn to limit my stair climbing, I still find myself moving up and down them for little things.
4.   And quite possibly the worst as far as energy expenditure goes… yesterday I had a local TV station film crew over. Great Day St. Louis wanted to do a spot on their morning show featuring “Money Saving Tips” on decorating a nursery. This turned out to be WAY harder to film than I ever imagined. Mid-way through one take I was breathless from just talking! I had been talking pretty fast in an attempt to get all 6 tips into the 150 sec segment, so after the take the camera guy’s like, “OK, why don’t we have you sit in the rocker for the next shot.” HA.

That’s the worst of it. My true confessions. I’m sure Paris or Martha did worse. In fact, I read Martha got in trouble for breaking her arrest to go to a yoga class.

I would like to point out that in my limited research into house arrest I learned a very cool thing. “If you are married, your spouse must do the grocery shopping.” Look it up, I am not kidding. Now there is one rule I will not be breaking.

If you have ever been on bed-rest, prenatal house arrest or maybe even a “modified” form of house arrest (like me), tell me about your experience. What did you do to pass the time? Did you break (or bend) the rules? Do you have any tips you can pass along to the rest of us? I’m all ears (… and belly!)

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Suzanne Tucker, aka Zen Mommy

In addition to mommying to two magical girls born in 2000 and 2003 and expecting twins in Jan of 2010, Suzanne co-owns a holistic health center with her husband Shawn in St. Louis, Missouri where she practices as a physical therapist, Certified Educator of  Infant Massage and health education teacher. Certified in a number of healing and life education approaches, Suzanne is a Co-creator of My Mommy Manual and the online parenting course, Yogi Parenting, a positive parenting approach for raising kids of all ages.


  1. Exciting!!! Does the doctor’s statement “relax until we hit the 36 week mark” tell us that the babies will be here NEXT WEEK (or before)?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    Should we have fun and all guess on the delivery date-time??

  2. Suzanne
    That’s so exciting! Just take it easy and enjoy these last few weeks (or days) with your two beautiful daughters. Your household is about to double baby! I am thinking of you.

  3. hey guys. thanks for the nice comments!!!

    we are getting close! i feel after the 20th for sure and if i was a betting gal would pick 1/25. how about you? this would be fun. maybe we can have a guess the date contest!!! and on the time? i’d say 8:32am

  4. JanetinDC says:

    Hey Suz – You picked ONE time of 8:32 am, but you are having 2 babies 🙂 – can twins be delivered same minute and that quicly?

    I’m guessing next Friday, 01/22/10 (my middle child’s bday — 9 years ago — and cool looking date) – I am guessing the babies will be exactly 10 minutes apart.

    Do you know if baby boy or baby girl will deliver first (I don’t have experience with twin delivery!)? It would be precious to have your youngest (even if by “minutes”) be the little boy with 3 “older” sisters…

  5. Suzanne Tucker says:

    Hahaha. OMG, Janet, you’re right! Two babies means two birth times. 8:32 and 8:46am on the 25th. And yes, baby boy IS coming second and will have three big sisters 😉

  6. Susanne,

    You will be in my prayers as you prepare to welcome the twins into the world. I pray the delevery is not complicated and they are healthy.

    Take care and remember you have Shawn and the girls to help you!


  7. thanks michelle!! this means the world to me. i’ll keep everyone psted via twitter, FB and email. newest post up today in case you were looking for that. 😉 http://mymommymanual.com/week-36-pre-birth-energy/

    i LOVE my birthing bead from you and the blessing behind it. yours and other beads i received are already bringing me much strength to go the distance!!!