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As both a Mom and a Daughter, I completely believe in homemade Mother’s Day gifts.  I love getting these sweet gifts from my kiddos and I totally love giving them to my mom and my mother-in-law.  Sometimes the creativity is just not flowing, though, and I look all around for new ideas.  This year the Knit-Rite/Therafirm team got some inspiration from our own products.  The best part is, we were able to use products from several of our brands to create these adorable sock bouquets.  They’re cute and easy enough for the kiddos to do, too.  Watch our demonstration video below!

List of Supplies Needed:

• Socks of multiple colors, shapes and sizes
• A pair of tights, pantyhose or a piece of fabric of similar size and length
• Rubber bands
• Safety pins
• Your favorite vase

We used some discontinued colors of our Preggers and Therafirm brands, as well as current colors of TheraSport, SmartKnitKIDS, SmartKnit and Therafirm.  Happy bouquet making!

Should you work right up until your due date or take time off before delivery?

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Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Take time off before having a baby?  I can see how this would have gone for me.  Day one: bag packed, check; baby’s room all in order and ready for its occupant, check; house cleaned, check; dishes and laundry done, check.  Now for that rest and relaxation they talked about.  Butt on couch, remote in hand.  And reality sets in: daytime TV is awful!!!  Seriously!  How much can one person take of old sitcom reruns?  And don’t even get me started on soap operas!  Off goes the TV.  How about one of my hobbies that I never have time for?  This works for a while, until my thoughts migrate.  Wonder what’s going on at work?  9:00 on Monday?  Time for our weekly meeting.  Wonder what the husband wants for dinner?  I’ll call him.  Bad idea.  He’s busy.  I saw an ad for a sale at the baby boutique.  I’ll just go check it out.  And $150 later, I’ve got 3 sets of going home outfits.  Time for lunch.  More of the same through the afternoon and end of Day one.

As you can see, checking out of work early to prepare for baby was not for me.  Don’t get me wrong.  I LOVE my time off.  But, there is something strange to me about being at home while everyone else is at work.  Makes me sort of feel like staying home sick from school.  Of course, it’s a world of difference once baby was actually here and at home.  Suddenly, my days were totally and happily occupied.

I envy the people that can enjoy their time and do the relaxing they’re supposed to be doing.  However, it’s just not for me.  To each his own, right?  I opted to work right up until the day before my baby was born.  And I’m glad I did.  Once my little bundle was here, I wanted to soak up as many days with him as I could before returning to a job I love.  I truly enjoyed every ounce of being off with my baby.

So, if you’re like me and planning to work right up until your water breaks, here are a few tips to help you’ll want to consider:

9 To Due DateImage courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

  1. Create a Plan with Your Employer – Any good employer will want to balance the needs of the employee and the needs of the company. Perhaps there are things you won’t be able to do, like lifting heavy objects, mixing certain chemicals, or traveling to the regional sales meeting during your final month.  Your employer will want to make sure the work gets done, so they may want to redistribute some duties to have everything covered.  You’ll also want to know what the employer expects of you when you have to be gone for appointments, etc.  Once a plan is in place, stick to it as much as you’re able to.  It will show your employer that you’re committed to being a good employee and a good parent.
  2. Create a Plan with Your Doctor – Let your doctor know what your working plans are. Make sure the doc knows what you do from day to day, so they can weigh in on things that may cause a danger that you haven’t thought of
  3. Have a Good Backup Plan – Even the best laid plans can be disrupted. Many women can work right up until their water breaks, but some are not so lucky.  Health considerations may sideline you earlier than you expect, so make sure you’re prepared for all possibilities.
  4. Know What to Do if You Go Into Labor at Work – What happens if your water really does break at work? Yikes!  If that happens is your co-worker driving you to the hospital?  Your boss?  Or, is someone calling your husband?  Are you going home first or is your bag already in the car?  What is the best route to the hospital from work?  All things to consider when putting together your “Going Into Labor At Work” plan – just like you do for your home plan.
  5. Know Your Limits – You may have the best intentions, but understand that pregnancy changes many things. We all know about the fatigue, morning sickness, trips to the bathroom, etc.  All the things that go along with pregnancy can affect your ability to do your job at your normal levels.  Don’t overdo it.  You may need to take more frequent breaks or sit down and put your feet up if you stand a lot during your job.  Try a pair of Preggers Maternity legwear.  Compression tights, leggings, pantyhose and socks will help reduce and prevent swelling and energize your tired and achy legs.

Remembering these tips will help you to have a happy and healthy pregnancy at home and at work.  Today’s working mama can have it all!

This evening at 9:30 p.m. CST will conclude our “Deep Thoughts of a Preggers Momma” Caption Contest on Facebook. Congratulations to this week’s winners (so far)!

(Winners: To claim your cake, please email us at preggers@therafirm.com within 72 hours. If we don’t hear from you, another winner will be chosen.)

The jury is still out on who will win the flourless chocolate truffle cake, so if you haven’t already, “like” us on Facebook and enter for your chance to win!

Monday’s Winner: Erin Tveter

Three-Layer Chocolate Cake

Tuesday’s Winner: Colleen Missana

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cake

Wednesday’s Winner: Melissa Langlois

German Chocolate Cake

Thursday’s Winner: Mary Dowling Nesbitt

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Friday’s Winner: Lisa Petracca Fuller

Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake

Winter PregnancyJoin us for a Preggers Slowvember*: a month of slowing down using the acronym S-L-O-W as a guide.

S – is for ‘savor’. This is an invitation to appreciate the
time we have and the things that lie before us. Rather than
rushing through something or getting aggravated, we are
invited to savor the richness life presents.

L – is for ‘listen to your inner clock’. With everything
happening fast and being immediately accessible through
smartphones, ‘listen to your inner clock’ invites us to do
things at our own (leisurely) pace. No need to rush and
hurry and create a frenzy in your soul and the world around
you.

O – is for ‘others before technology’. Skype, Twitter,
Facebook, email, etc. don’t count for quality interactions.
When you are at the dinner table, be present. When you are
talking with your family, be present. When you are by
yourself, reading a book or enjoying a sunny afternoon, be
present. Real people, including yourself, must come before
technology.

W – is for ‘will this matter a year from now’. As David
Hochman wrote, this one was “…the ultimate test of every
activity and experience.” The invitation is to ask ourselves:
will this matter in a year? How many things do we do
under the tyranny of the urgent that, in the end, don’t matter
now and definitely won’t matter a year from now. By
asking ourselves this important question, we are invited to
discern and attend to the important in the midst of the
urgent.

I think we can all agree that sometimes life gets hectic – especially when you are expecting.  What will you do to slow down this precious time?

*I read about this concept in Spirit Magazine – if I could find a link or the author I would share it but I searched and searched and came up empty!
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