Thursday, November 29, 2012

Post-Antenatal!

Well, our antenatal classes have finished, which has served up a big dose of Sunday Blues. You know how you used to feel on Sunday when your friend had to go home and you knew you had to go back to school the next day? That kind of feeling!

It was so good getting to know people who are in the same situation as you are in. Lots of people are so quick to offer advice, but no one knows what you're going through like someone who is doing the same thing at the same time. Even people who have had a kid recently don't seem to be on the same wave length a lot of the time.

I think the girls are going to stay in touch with each other as part of some kind of Mums & Bubs group. Us blokes just shook hands in stoic fashion and walked on out the door.

A couple of things have really sparked my interest in the last couple of weeks.

First, baby signing! This is awesome! If it works as advertised, you can basically start teaching your kid sign language at only a few months old (6 months?) before they can even talk. So you can communicate, even before vocal development. Sounds pretty bloody awesome to me!

The other cool thing is hypnobirthing, which sounds a bit hippie and voodoo, but actually looks like some really solid science, concentrating on developing focus through relaxation, breathing, visualisation and positive reaffirmation. Forget about birthing, this sounds like some pretty good day to day advice!

I'll post some more info up once I know a little more about it.

Less than 17 weeks to go! 

Monday, November 26, 2012

17 Weeks To Go

Well, it's been a little over 4 months since discovering that our lives are going to be changed forever, in the form of a new little person. A tiny life who is going to make me fall in love, stress me out immeasurably, and call me "Daddy." It only really occurs to me on certain days... I'm actually going to be someone's father.

Hannah is doing amazingly well. She looks fantastic, she's energetic and positive and so confident about the process. As home birth (and baby) first timers, there's a massive sense of the unknown, but Hannah doesn't seem phased. She's read every book and Internet article ever written, and heard from everyone and anyone offering up advice, and she's taking it all in her stride.

Bump hanging out at 12 weeks
 I'm playing catchup with the "Dad's" books, but I'm not too bothered about a lot of it. I'm obviously concerned about the big day, but it's what comes afterwards that is the real mystery to me.
Bump's foot at 19 weeks
Here's what I need to know for the birth:

1. I better be there! I'm looking forward to it, actually. I'm not looking forward to Hannah experiencing some pretty extreme discomfort, but watching the process and finally meeting our little person... so exciting.
2. I'm #1 support, including checking that Hannah is fed and watered and breathing correctly and has her back rubbed and the pool filled with warm water.
3. I need to keep everyone away from the house during the labour and birth, and even afterwards.
Bump's chomping on the cord at 19 weeks
Here's an mind blowing thought: I could be the first person our baby ever sees. I hope that helps with the whole bonding thing, which is so important for Dads. We don't have the experience of growing and developing a life inside us, nor can we supply nourishment inherently, so we need to rely on the 5 senses to communicate and bond with our new little ones.

I've been inspired to get the camera out again, ready for a billion photographs of the baby doing... well, baby stuff!