Monday, July 7, 2008

Class

We had our first childbirthing class last night (class one of two). It went well, I quite like our teacher, despite the fact that she is a bit touchy-feely-hippy-dippy. I think the best part of the class was learning stuff I hadn't considered prior. For example, D now knows how to support me during labour and I now know how to communicate with him to let him know what I need and want. We also learned some pain coping techniques using ice as a pain source. All in all, I think I got more out of the class than D did, but he was a good sport and tried his best.

In fact, I was feeling so fine and confident that what happened at the end of the class really threw me for a loop. During the last 30 minutes of the class, our instructor showed us some labour videos. One of them followed 5 real couples through all the stages of labour from the beginning until birth. It was graphic to say the least. And not just a little unnerving. Let's just say I woke up at 3am this morning with those labour vids replaying in my mind and I couldn't get back to sleep. I went into the class feeling excited and confident, and now I am scared shitless. I can't get those images and the sounds of the screaming out of my head. Yup, I'm a little freaked out.

I mean, of course I always knew it would hurt, but I guess my experience last night was a nice little reality check.

Our teacher also gave us some homework: Some reading, some exercises, some things to buy, etc. And oh yeah, to have sex twice a week. CONFESSION: D and I have not had sex since we've been pregnant. Not. Once. In NINE months. At first I was just too scared to do it. And now we've waited so long I don't know how to even go about doing it. I'm huge and I can't imagine what positions we could possibly do. And I'm afraid it'll hurt and I'll bleed (which will totally freak me out) because it's been so long. Not to mention I feel about as sexy as a hippopotamus right now. My husband is a saint. That's all I can say. (And he doesn't even have a bit of stuff on the side!)

However, having said that, I'm determined to do my homework, and I do mean ALL of it. Tonight might just be the night.

Goodness.

7 comments:

Xbox4NappyRash said...

You can borrow my Barry White CD, but I'll need it back.

Kristen said...

I'm so excited that the class went well. You'll do fine at the homework! I'm sure it's like riding a bike-during the first few minutes you'll get the hang of it! *wink, wink*

christina(apronstrings) said...

HOLY COW! your new name=mother teresa. i couldn't go 9 months if i had to. i am going to assume that you had some private time. because i have to to believe youa re human. : )though, i was afraid too for weeks.
my a$$vice-just plan to hang out with dh in a quiet room in a romantic sort of way. and if it happens it happens. no pressure. forced sexy time never works.

Fertilized said...

E and I were told the same thing with the S E X ... Go you - as for screaming and all that - I didn't have much that I could not handle - there was no screaming now

sarah23 said...

Wow, the class sounds very informative. Now, go do your homework!! :) I can't believe you're at 34 weeks!

Road Blocks and Roller Coasters said...

YIKES! Try not to stress...its not that bad, but I definitely hear you on being scared. Good luck and have fun!!! :)

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