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Things are Getting Real!

Happy Friday!! And the angels rejoiced!

Short and sweet post today. Last night we headed back up to the hospital and took a Newborn Care class! I’ve had this class booked since early in the second trimester, and thought it seemed like forrreeeevvveeerrrr away, and then all of a sudden it was here! GAH! At this rate, she is going to be here tomorrow and I’m going to be completely caught off guard!

Anyways, the class was packed, with maybe 15 couples, all ranging in due dates from early October through December. There were a few girls there with their sisters or mother-in-laws, but for the most part everyone was there with their trusty husbands (who all looked slightly less than thrilled, I might add).

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The class was pretty straightforward, starting with a detailed powerpoint presentation on all things newborn (like what to expect them to look like immediately after birth, reflexes to look for, bathing techniques, when to and when not to do certain things, etc, etc.) After the presentation we watched a quick video, then we practiced our skills! I think I was most excited to learn how to swaddle and properly diaper, since really, I’d never done it before! Even though I have 6 nieces and nephews all under age 5, and have known them all since each of their births, I’ve always enjoyed being able to “hand them back” as soon as they need a new diaper or they start crying! Anyone else enjoying that sweet spot of aunthood?

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My favorite part of the class was the last hour, when a local pediatrician came in to answer questions. I was so thankful for this! While our class teacher was excellent, and hilarious, and had extensive knowledge working in the NICU for many years, it was really nice to have an experienced pediatrician share his thoughts on everything from breastfeeding and vaccines to simply how baby fads and trends are constantly changing, what to do in certain situations, and just how amazing the female body is! We really enjoyed hearing him speak and answer our class’s questions, and at the end of class we grabbed one of his cards and might end up using him for Adeline. He’s at the clinic we were going to use anyways, so we may just use him now that we’ve gotten to know him somewhat. He’s a Christian, older man, has 4 children, and 26 years of practice under his belt, and seemed very passionate about babies and children. Definitely a good start!

After class was over, I stuck around and asked our nurse teacher a few more questions, then we headed home and passed out! Staying out late on a work night is getting to be so exhausting! Are we getting old and lame???

I still can’t believe how real things are starting to feel, and how quickly our due date is approaching. We’ll be 6 weeks away as of Sunday, and I can barely wrap my head around that!

As I type this up, I’m listening to a really interesting TED talk, if you need something to start your day off with! It’s called When Does Learning Begin, and it discusses how fetuses in the womb begin taking cues from their mother and outside world.

Any advice for these last 6 weeks? What do you remember learning before you had a baby that has been helpful or not/so helpful? Did the last few weeks fly by or drag on for you? What are you doing this weekend?

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    Kylie Rose
    September 4, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I can’t even believe how fast this is all going! But I totally know what you mean, last night I was actually telling Jake that even though we’ve had my brother (who is 4) on multiple occasions, I really have no idea what to do with a newborn! hopefully we figure it out in the next 8 weeks 😉 Happy September, friend!

    xo!
    Kylie
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      Sweet Miles
      September 8, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Haha! Right! We’ve loved on all our nieces and nephews since the day they were all born, but when it came time for a diaper change or if they got fussy, we just handed them right back! Now it’s going to be all on us, yikes! I’m sure we will figure it out 🙂 🙂

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    Mom
    September 4, 2015 at 10:26 am

    You’re welcome

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      Sweet Miles
      September 4, 2015 at 10:47 am

      I’m glad you pushed me to sign up for these!

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    Emily
    September 4, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    We took a class just like this and I really liked it too! My advice is to enjoy these last weeks. You will probably feel achy and tired, but you will probably miss this time too, so do your best to soak it up. My baby is sleeping on my chest right now and it makes me teary (hello hormones, though) thinking that just a week and a half ago, she was still in my tummy. It goes by too fast!

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      Sweet Miles
      September 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Baawww isn’t that crazy to think about?? She was JUST in your belly. So amazing!

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    Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections
    September 4, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Getting close, Sarah! Yes, the last 6 weeks completely dragged for me but I was also expecting an early baby that didn’t happen & was on bed rest the whole 6 weeks. If I could have stayed active, I think it would have been a LOT better. I really have no good advice other than to focus on that it DOES NOT last forever. The matra at the end of my pregnancy was “no one is pregnant forever.” I just kept reminding myself of that.

    And you seriously forget how much you hate pregnancy the second you give birth and meet your baby. From someone who was just there, I’ll say it’s totally worth it. I HATED pregnancy a lot. Like never thought I’d do it again. As soon as I had Claire, I was like “okay, when’s the next baby?!” Not joking!

    Looking back, nothing in the classes or books I read really seemed helpful because it’s all just theoretical at that point. I am a learn-as-I-do kind of person, so anything I read really didn’t stick with me. I think being a mom comes very natural to mothers, but it may not fee like it right away. You will totally figure it out just fine though!
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      Sweet Miles
      September 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Great advice! I’ve been told it definitely drags on toward the end, but that in a strange way you will actually miss it. And I think that’s true, she’ll never be as close to me as she is right now! I’ve read the Baby Wise book twice now, but mostly just for the helpful tips here and there, I’m thinking like you mentioned, it will be a learn as we go thing for sure!

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    Matilda
    September 9, 2015 at 1:48 am

    You wont know your pain threshold until you are in labour, your entire birthplan may get thrown out the window.
    Naps are your friend.
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      Sweet Miles
      September 9, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      GREAT advice! I completely agree, I am ready to accept that whatever happens, happens, and baby will come on her own however she sees fit!

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