So I may not be the expert blogger that my husband is just yet, but I am getting better!
As of tomorrow, we only have 6 weeks left until we hit the 40 week mark! We started our birthing classes on Sunday and I must say I was less than impressed. We were told it'd be the most boring of the 4 classes, but I was not too fond of how some of the information was presented. The Farmer and I are very much hoping to go au natural in the labor/delivery department. Of course, neither of us has any idea what this entails. But, I have done my research and I know my options and if I get to a point where I can no longer tolerate the pain, then I just might ask for drugs. However, I am going in with the notion that I will not require drugs. Not that I'm trying to be super woman, it's just my preference. You have yours, I can have mine.
Anyway, so I was first put off by the instructor (who was subbing for who will be our regular instructor) starts going on and on about how she wanted drugs before she was ever even pregnant. Ok. To each their own. But when she started asking about birth plans and the girl behind me and I raised our hands to having one, it got a bit touchy. We both explained what we wanted on our birth plans (I think birth plans generally come with women who want to go natural is possible) and afterward the instructor said, Well I hope you're not too inflexible to change your mind if it's necessary. The thought going through my mind was IF medically necessary, then ok. If it makes your job easier, then uh, no. Anyway, not to get on my high horse about that, I just wondered why she asked or told us about birth plans in the first place. Neither of us made it sound like we were going natural OR ELSE! when we were explaining.
We did some breathing exercises at the end and she said we could lean back, close our eyes, etc. I am facing The Farmer during these exercises and have my eyes closed and open them about halfway through to see him leaning back with his eyes closed. To this I respond, "You're supposed to be focused on me! I'm the one that's supposed to be breathing." To which my adorable husband responds, "I want to learn how to do it too in case you aren't doing it and I have to help you." He also made me a playlist of songs for labor. I was way impressed with how well he did on that front!
The baby continues to do well as far as we know. She likes to kick me in the ribs these days. She is head down and in the right position, but man oh man, her hip does a doozy on me sometimes. We like to watch my tummy move around as she rolls around in there. I can't believe in 6 weeks we're going to hold our baby daughter in our arms. I hope she's ready to have us as parents!
In other news, the weather is heating up in Iowa! I can't tell you how excited I am. However, I must say that I am extremely thankful (Thank you, Lord!) that the baby will be born before the hot, humid months hit. Yesterday I was sweating to the oldies at work and hating every minute of it so I'm glad I won't have to be pregnant through those months. My heart goes out to those who do! Drink lots of fluids and if necessary stick frozen goods under your arms which is what I could be seen doing yesterday in my kitchen while asking The Farmer, "Are you hot? How are you not hot?"