Prenatal Class #3

12 Nov

We usually have our prenatal classes on Tuesdays – but since I will have to miss one due to a business trip, they were able to get us into a one-day workshop on the same topic as the class we will miss! I am so grateful they suggested this – no hassle, no additional fees, no information missed.

I have no idea why so many people say these classes are a waste of time. Even more so – I couldn’t understand why I was the only one taking notes. Seriously? They think they will remember all of this – a few weeks later? Sleep deprived??? Or, if they think they know it all, why join the classes?

Anyway, that’s their problem.

Today’s class was on newborn care. It was such a SWEET class. And having it on a sunny Saturday afternoon instead of a dark Tuesday night helped, too.

She showed us how to bathe and wipe a newborn – boy and girl. Very detailed – to the point of having all the shampoo bottles open before you start so that you don’t have to grow a third arm when you have baby in one, closed bottle in the other, and no way to get to the contents… How to swaddle a baby. How to change diapers. She went over every object on the list of “what you need to get baby changed”. How to take his temperature. How to take care of the cord. What number to call in case of this and that.

She gave lots of tips here and there that made a lot of sense.

The biggest eye-opener for me was to have everything ready before the baby arrives. And that doesn’t mean having the batteries inserted in the sleep monitor and clothes washed – it means having everything ready – since the moment you get home, you will need to breastfeed, change, wash, etc.

The sheets in the crib, the diapers and vaseline and wipes on the changing table ready, the bath time stuff ready… It sounds kind of obvious, but I never really thought about it in such great deal.

And we also watched a very sweet video of taking care of newborns – and their cute little faces, and noises they make…

My hubby started rubbing my shoulder excitedly, he is so cute 😉

Oh, and he (hubby) surprised me this morning by arriving from his hairdresser with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. I quickly ran through all the possible holidays and anniversaries and failed to find any reason. Turns out it was just for me. For the woman who takes such good care of his baby. For the woman that will deliver this baby in less than three months.

Last time he gave me flowers for no reason at all was before we got married. I am so touched!!!

In short – another great day! Thank you Universe 😉

4 Responses to “Prenatal Class #3”

  1. Kristen November 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM #

    Your class sounds great and your husband is so sweet! Can’t wait to start classes…hope mine end up being as helpful as yours…

    • zygotta November 13, 2011 at 10:19 PM #

      I hope so, too!
      Mine is a 6-weeks class, 2 hours each week
      First one was general
      Second was on natural birth
      Next will be on births with invasion – epidural, c-section, etc.
      Then there will be a hospital tour
      Then two classes on newborn care (we had ours our of order because we can’t make the class when it’s scheduled, so it was a bit out of order for us)

  2. Nikki November 13, 2011 at 12:54 PM #

    I’m so glad you have a good class. Ours left a lot to be desired. We did learn a lot of breathing and relaxation techniques (which were good for our 26 hour labor), but they didn’t teach us anything about going home or how to care for the baby, which would have been nice. Our class seemed to just have a lot of graphic information on labor and delivery – along with a couple of TLC Baby Story episodes. It’s good that you’re getting such great information.

    • zygotta November 13, 2011 at 10:17 PM #

      Well, labour is unavoidable. Whether you know how to deliver a baby or not – they will get it out of you within 36 hours. There will be crowds of medical staff around you to get you through this. SO why bother and spend too much time on graphic videos (save those for teen sex ed classes to make them wear condoms!!!) and breathing – I don’t know.

      Breastfeeding, caring for the baby, changing, etc – that’s what’s really useful. Yeah, you can call for help – but they won’t be there 24/7 for you. So that’s so much more important to learn – and be prepared for. To feel calm and confident – because babies feel your stress and get stressed out, too!

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