whew– as first time parents, we are definitely in the swing of taking any class and reading any book (okay, that’s just me) that might help me decipher all the upcoming unknowns of child birth and child rearing.
yes, yes, i keep reminding myself that women have been giving birth for millions of years, and every day, plenty embark on motherhood without the help of “What To Expect When You’re Crazy” (as i have grown to fondly refer to it).
and honestly, if there is a show called, “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant” (and there is, because i have watched it once or twice) (and don’t even get me started on that one… there is plenty going on around here for me to know that something is going on… you can’t tell me that these women didn’t even have an inkling that they were “with child?”…. okay, i am getting started, and i told you not to let me do that!) then being prepared is not necessarily the most important part of this journey.
anyway– smack dab in the middle of this 3rd trimester, we have spent many-a-tuesday evening in one class or another.
first it was the three-week prenatal and parenting readiness class at the hospital. (Detailed here, previously).
and then this week, AJ was oh-so-sweet to join me at MilkWorks for the first of two Breast Feeding Preparedness classes. (of course, there was the promise of stopping for ice cream after class)
he’s quite the trooper, and i so appreciate it!
imagine, for example, telling a five-year-old budding engineer that their beloved Lego’s are, in fact, not a toy, but a very necessary building block for all structural form. One might wonder if that child would ever be able to look at Lego’s the same way again.
That’s kind of the feeling i was getting from AJ at the end of that class…
time will tell… one more class there, and then the following Tuesday is Infant and Child CPR… “Baby, Baby, are you okay?!”
from there, we will be just weeks from the impending arrival and as prepared as we can possibly be.