Bicycle dreams

So, during the whole “your baby has some deadly infection,” NICU debacle, we were facing the possibility of Gabriel having a 14-21 day stay in the NICU (if he did indeed have an infection) for continuing IV antibiotic treatment.

As I was lying in my hospital bed, drifting in and out of sleep, thinking about running back and forth from home to the hospital to feed my baby, it crossed my mind that perhaps I could make some of the trips by bicycle (the hospital we chose is within 4-5 miles of our apartment).  Sure, it’s been really hot, but it would be nice to cut down on the car time, and I was really looking forward to being back on the bicycle.

I continued processing the idea, and a few moments later, reality cut through the sleep-deprivation and Percocet-induced haze, and I thought to myself, “Self, you just had major abdominal surgery three days ago, I don’t really think you’ll be riding your bicycle anytime soon.”

The sad truth is that it will be at least a few more weeks before I am reunited with Bub or Baby Jake.  Right now, doing the stairs a few times a day and very slow, very short walks are about the extent of my physical activity.  Well, that and lifting my 10+ pounder 🙂

Meanwhile, the search for a trailer continues, and I certainly hope to be back on my bicycle sooner rather than later.


  1. EcoCatLady says:

    Now THAT’s bicycle dedication. Glad you came to your senses though. I think some good rest is in order.

  2. Jenn says:

    It’s wonderful that you have your new guy in your arms. Congratulations!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Hi there!! After many months of being too busy to blog, I finally posted a few things. I thought to myself…hmmm, what’s my blog-friend, Melissa up to? When I clicked over and saw your beautiful baby I nearly cried! I’m so happy for you! What a wonderful (and crazy) adventure you’ve been on! I’m so glad your baby is healthy, despite the stupid doctors (I love the pic of him giving the finger!).

    A good friend of mine had a similar experience….she was at a birthing center, took her hypnobirthing classes, and ended up at the hospital with a c-section. It was very disappointing to her, but now she has a wonderful baby boy who is about to turn one. All of that craziness will soon be completely overshadowed by many joys.

    Congratulations to you and your family!!

    Now you might be interested in reading my other blog about parenting and homeschooling stuff…..

    1. Melissa @ HerGreenLife says:

      Thanks, and I definitely understand the “too busy to blog!”

  4. Simply Bike says:

    A friend of mine from yoga who had a C-section in April has been getting back on the bike (and back to running) as of last month. She was told to wait 6 weeks post C-section for exercise. Those 6 weeks will fly by though, and before you know it, you’ll be back to cycling and doing all those things you love. Hang in there!

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