Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Classes, classes, classes...

We are FINALLY finished with all of our "baby" classes! It felt like we were back in college again, going to class twice a week from 6-9pm, and taking notes like good students! I highly recommend taking as many classes as you can before having your first child. We learned SO much! In our Child Birth class we learned ALL about giving birth. From the anatomy of the woman's and baby's body to getting down on the floor learning how to push, the instructor taught us everything! This class was a three week course, so we were there every Monday for the past three weeks. I think they could have squeezed this course into two days instead of three, because the second day was just an overview of the first day and they taught us a few stretches. But overall, the class was definitely worth the time! The second class we took was the Baby Care class. I think it was our instructor, but the class was a waste! The instructor was a nursing student, with NO kids of her own. So every answer was a textbook answer and nothing from personal experience. The main reason we took this course was for James, since he has never been around nor cared for a newborn. I could have taught him everything the instructor did, and then some! I'm not saying no one should ever take this course, just make sure you have an instructor who has experience with babies! The third class and one of the two most helpful class, was the Car Seat Safety class! Hands down one of the BEST classes we took! Our instructor was amazing and knew anything and everything about the topic! She even scheduled an appointment with us to help us install the car seat and bases in both of our vehicles. You would never have thought that so much went into car seats and policies and regulations! The last class we took was the Breast-feeding course. This was the other class that was the most helpful. I was so nervous and scared of failing when it came to breast-feeding, but this class definitely put me at ease. I feel very confident and think that I, along with James, know just about everything on the topic of breast-feeding. Now I just need my little man to be born to put all of my new knowledge to the test!!! Only about 3 1/2 weeks until my due date!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

In launch position...

Well it's been about a month since i've posted anything and I am now 36 weeks preggo! Only 4 weeks to go!!! We can't wait for Micah's arrival! The nursery is all set up and ready to go, now I just need to work on getting the rest of the house in order. I'm waiting for my "nesting" instinct to kick in! Haha! Micah has been doing all sorts of punches and kicks while in my belly! He is a very active little boy, unless someone wants to feel him move, then he comes to a halt! It's like he doesn't want anyone else but Mommy or Daddy to feel his movements. I think he gets stage fright! :) He also gets the hiccups quite often, which Dr. Farhart says is a good thing because he is practicing his "underwater" breathing! We had our 36 week check up yesterday with Dr. Farhart. He checked me for the first time to see where I'm at. So far, no dilation, a little bit of softening of my cervix, and he could feel Micah's head which means he is in "launch position," as my Dad would put it! Also, Dr. Farhart said Micah has dropped, which I had a feeling he had because I was having a lot of pressure last week and it felt like Micah was just going to fall out! I have only had a few contractions, and by a few I mean like two! Dr. Farhart says that we are probably right on schedule for our November 19th due date, give or take a few days!

Here is a picture of my growing belly at 35 weeks and 5 days! It's not the best picture because it was taken from my phone, since the camera is already packed in the hospital bag!