Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Getting Back to Normal, Current Guilty Pleasures and Helpful Household Hints

Yesterday was the first day I really felt like myself, having energy and not wanting to go take a nap after just a little bit of moving around.  I was able to get some cleaning done and took care of the boys by myself from after nap time, through the witching hour of dinner, bath, book time and bedtime.   And I was feeling fine the whole time. Other days helping with the boys, I just wanted to go pass out.   I go see the doctor at 11:30 AM today, so we'll see what he says and if I'm cleared to go back to work.  I have to admit that I do love wearing the bandage wrap around my stomach still.  It seems to help me keep moving around and not feel uncomfortable.  It's funny, the experience has led me to wonder if there is something to wrapping your stomach post-delivery.  I remember seeing a show on it and I think they were saying that doctors said there was nothing to it, but considering what the plastic surgeon is having me wear the compression garment and wrap my tummy to get everything to be "sucked back in".  I do wonder if there is something that it might help post-partum.  Not that I ever plan to be that way again.



So while I've been resting, I've gotten to indulge myself in some guilty pleasures.  I've been watching "The Tudors" on Netflix on my daughter's iPad.  I had only ever found time to watch the first season.  I'm now on Season 4!!!!  I'm loving it!!!  The other two movies DH and I just watched back-to-back was the Swedish version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "The Girl Who Played with Fire."  My neighbor lent them to us and they were amazing!!!  I haven't read the books, so we had no idea what to expect.  I've heard critics say the new Hollywood version is not as good and we haven't seen that, but I can see why.  It was just unbelievable.  If you like action/suspense/mystery type movies, this is for you!  Of course, DH didn't mind watching a movie with English subtitles, as being a hearing-impaired person (not that he will admit), he doesn't miss a single part of the dialogue.  When we were starting to date, I got him hooked on watching foreign movies with subtitles.  Usually the story lines are better than Hollywood ones and you don't mind reading the bottom of the screen.  I will admit "Like Water for Chocolate" is one of my favorite movies with subtitles.  It's so romantic and extreme.

Last but not least, my helpful cleaning hint for the day.  If you have a really disgusting inside of a microwave because you've been sick and no one wipes it out after they use it.  I usually clean it out every few days to keep it from driving me crazy.  And with me being sick, we've had a lot of food to reheat that splatters nasty - chili, spaghetti sauce, etc.  So when you're feeling better and you're faced with this awful looking mess, take a glass measuring cup, or any other cup that is microwavable safe and  fill it with water.  You can also add a tablespoon of baking soda if you also need to get rid of some odors.  Cook the water in the microwave for 5 minutes on high.  If the water starts to boil, that's great!  After it's done cooking, let it sit for a few minutes to soak in all the steam.  You should now be able to go at the mess with a washcloth or sponge very quickly, as all the mess is steamy and ready to come off with very little work.  My microwave is much cleaner now!!!

3 comments:

Deanna said...

Glad you are getting to enjoy some guilty pleasure time during your recovery! I want to see all the Dragon Tattoo movies...both versions.

The inside of my microwave desperately needs a good cleaning. I have also heard of mixing vinegar or lemon with the water to cut grease and remove odors...

Mandy said...

Glad your up and moving around again! You didn't have "the wrap" post-partum? I hated wearing it which is why (I think) my stuff didn't get "re-stuck".

Love the cleaning tip. I am a cleaning nazi, and the microwave cannot be used without the shield. DH is oblivious to splatter and dirt in general.

Marcia (123 blog) said...

Well, my friend M whose baby was also born at 32 wks but has huge problems wore the wrap and was HORRIFIED when I said, "oh I think that'a a load of hogwash" :) Maybe I should have and would have had a flatter tummy now????

I do the same microwave thing but I add two squirts of lemon juice :)

Although... I am a nazi about using the cover for anything in there too!