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).
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?
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?