Monday, August 26, 2013
35 weeks and 1 day
We took two more baby classes - Babies, Baths, and Booties and Pediatric CPR & Safety. I really liked the Babies, Baths, and Booties class because it helped level set expectations on exactly what would happen post partum and also taught us a lot about taking care of baby boy once we get him home. I also liked the Pediatric CPR portion of our other class because I've never taken a CPR class in my life and although I hope I never ever have to use it, I feel better now that I have an idea of what to do. The Safety part of that class...hmmmm...I didn't like that as much. I kind of felt like the teacher pretty much did everything she could to scare the living daylights out of us and ensure that we wrap our children in bubble wrap and triple safety proof every single thing in our house. I am all for safety and obviously don't want my child to be hurt but I also think there is a level of unreasonableness as I can't have him walking around in a bubble for the rest of his life. And I also didn't appreciate what I felt like were scare tactics when we're already entering an uncertain and "scary" enough time in our lives. Ryan also felt it was over the top so I know it's not just me. Anyway, I'm still glad that we took all the classes because even though I know we would have eventually figured out everything that was taught (and will still likely have to figure out how it all works specifically for us) it helped me to have some expectations and some plans (even if they're flexible) in place because I'm the type of person that really thrives on preparation.
Now we are on to making sure the baby room is totally ready and packing our bags and getting all of our documentation ready for the big day. We've washed and put away all of his clothes, bedding, towels, etc. We purchased my diaper bag (it is the cutest thing ever - for a diaper bag at least) and have started making a list of what to put in it. And we have all the FMLA/benefits, hospital pre-registration, birth plan, and other documentation ready to go. Now I just have to try to get all of my responsibilities finalized at work so I know I'm not leaving any of my colleagues hanging when I'm out.