Friday, March 6, 2009

59 Days

Hi friends! I officially have less than 60 days until my due date. 59 today to be exact. Holy crap! Time is now starting to fly away from me at lightning speed and there's nothing to be done about it. We went to our childbirth class on Wednesday night and were blessed to get to view a video about the stages of labor and got to watch 3 different ladies push their babies out. Needless to say I felt the need for a Whiskey and a Vicodin after seeing that shit. Don't worry, I didn't partake in either. I actually never have. But I had a nice dream about it later and that made all the difference. In other bits, I've now got the "organ crowding" happening in full force, so after I eat a small meal my lung capacity shrinks to the size of a chestnut. In class the other night we were learning about a few different breathing techniques for labor...we had to practice along with the teacher during fake contractions. Well, I about passed out thanks to the dinner I had before arriving. Which would have been handy if it'd happened since we watched the video of terror right after that. Poor Chris seemed most disturbed by the placenta delivery...they didn't show it, but they DID show a nurse bring the woman her placenta via a tray. So she could get a good look at it. This didn't bother me, but Chris thought the scene was eerily close to a waiter in a restaurant showing you the meat selection before it is cooked and he was quite put out. I have to agree, it DID look like she was offering to cook it up... but I was still too busy hallucinating from the terrors I'd just seen to worry much about a little slab of placenta. All in all, a good class and learning was had by all. Of course, I saw movies of childbirth in 7th-grade health class...movies that were much more graphic and detailed. But I think I'd blocked them out...my own Silence of the Lambs issue. To see it all again...well...I was able to handle it better this time and that's not saying much. And it's not that I'm worried about going through that. It's the least of my worries after what we've gone through to get where we are. It's seeing OTHERS go through it that horrified me. So, as long as I stay away from delivery rooms and other pregnant women's dilated cervixes I should be good to go.

7 comments :

Joy said...

:) He he he, better not tell him that some people DO eat the placenta! Eeeew.

Stephanie said...

Yay for the fewer than 60 day countdown! I know my husband (who's also named Chris) is the type who will be grossed out from the labor videos. And I also heard of someone getting their placenta dried up into capsules. But what did she do with them? Swallow like pills? Okay, I'm grossing myself out now... :)

Megan said...

EEEK! Yes, I've heard of the capsule thing. I guess they take them like vitamins since they are "so filled with nutrition." It seems kind of cannibalistic, but hey, whatever works. My skin is crawling.

kayla_d said...

You made me realize that I have only 60 days till my due date! Aah! It IS really getting close. We started our childbirth class this week, too, and I'm so glad the guys are included. I think I'm getting more empathy because of it:)

alicia said...

yay you are almost there!! yuppee! i have been watching a lot of baby stories to see how other women handle the whole labor thing, I am not sure if this is helping me or hindering me??? haha. ya eating the placenta, too much for me! i just don't know how some women do it! brave things.

Kellie said...

Ha ha! I REMEMBER that 7th grade video, and YES it was graphic. It definitely impacted me enough to not become a pregnant teen! The placenta thing is kind of bizarre... I wonder if that's a normal procedure? I don't think anyone I know has mentioned the nurse displaying the placenta for them! Now from a science teacher's perspective, I'd be curious (maybe) to see it, but would probably yack if someone brought it out like a waiter displaying the dessert tray... Happy count down!

Cassie said...

funny. Just remember - unless you ask for a mirror, you won't have to view the actual delivery, so it's not as bad as the videos portray.
Regarding the placenta, I did ask to see mine and had my mom take a picture. Placentas are huge!

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