Summer's Exciting Pregnancy Journal
Oops! I can't believe how fast time is going. Just 10 more weeks till our baby boy is here.
Well I think I left off last that I was having issues with the whole labor thing, vaccinations and all that jazz.
About a month ago, Kelly and I went to a HypnoBirthing class. I was really impressed with views on child birth. I really liked how they viewed "contractions" and "pain" as "sensations" and how your body is doing excalty what it needs to do and how natural the process is. I think it is so true, that fear is really what causes much of the pain in labor. At least, it doesn't improve anything. Accepting what is happening to your body is such a great approach.
We watched some videos in the class and talked about the process and then came time for the hypnosis part. Well, this is where Kelly and I tried so hard not to laugh. And I mean this in a most respectful way. And there were other couples in the same boat. It's just that, hearing all of the other couples around us and saying things like, "your cervix is like a rose" etc. is just really hard not to laugh, especially when it is coming from someone who just doesn't talk like that on a normal occassion.
I was raised in a pretty holistic environment. My mother is a teacher of TM (Transcendental Mediation) and I've been meditating since I was about 5 or 6. I was raised on organic foods, spirituality and the idea that our body is a most amazing self healing machine! So none of this was strange or different to me.
And Kelly who is spiritual as well, is familiar with natural views, but he is also in favor of medicine and it's wonderful attributes as am I.
Anyway, my point being, we are both very open to natural techniques such as the HypnoBirthing, but after the class, it was quite clear that this would only have me either laughing hysterically during labor or screaming for my husband to come back as someone else has taken over.
So, we came to the decision that we would be as natural as possible and at the hospital. I would have the best "doula" - though I call her my mother. I would have the best "coaches" - I call them my dad and husband and I would have me and my ability to get into that relaxation state far quicker with my meditation, then with the hypnosis scripts.
So we came to that decision.
Then my chiropractor asked me about immunizations...
Huh? Well, I never really thought about it much. I knew that I had been tested for immunities on these diseases and for many came back with immunity and did not need certain vaccinations.
I knew that they were required by law for children to go to school, but I honeslty never really thought about pros and cons.
Well, then I started this whole research binge on the pros and cons and wow was I thrown into some heavy stuff.
Mercury this, Autism that, bad to get, good to postpone, awful if you don't and blah blah blah.
So after much controversy we came to a decision on that as well, which was to wait for any vax until he was at least 2 or a year before he started school. Then, to check for natural immunities before proceeding and to only get those required by state.
In all honesty, I could write a book myself with what I have learned. You never really know the absolute best decision, but we feel that we are making the best for us and our baby - and I'm guessing that that's what matters.
So, that was my "manuscript" of issues, which turned out to be just fine.
Kelly said to me the other day, "I can't believe how much goes into having a baby. I mean I thought, you get pregnant, you have the baby and you just go with the flow."
Hey, I think I thought that too, until magazines, articles, books etc, make there way into your brain and you realize that you are about to take on the most awesome responsibilty in the world.
On a less intelluctual note - In about two weeks is my shower!
On the baby front - all is wonderful. He is kicking like a mad man. I can't even fathom what he's doing and often question if by chance there are two in there and they've made a mistake.
But, no, he's just a strong little boy and boy can he kick down low. Sometimes I have to hunch over as it is so extreme.
I've been continuing with the my workouts, at least 6 days a week! I'm quite proud of myself and have to brag to Kelly about it every now and then.
Well, other than that, I am exhausted with this entry and next week should be a bit lighter
than this one!