I suppose it’s fitting that when you read this post, Sarah and I will be in the middle of Day 2 of our Birthing Class in Medford at the Rogue Valley Medical Center, the hospital where Caleb will be born.
And today is the day of another big milestone: we’ve hit the 9 month mark.
I must say that it feels pretty amazing to be at this stage, although I’m pretty sure that Sarah might describe the way it feels using some other choice language at this point. 36 weeks. And everything is going along just as it should for little Caleb Elijah.
Yesterday’s birthing class involved doing some practice breathing exercises, learning a lot about the stages of labor, pain management and watching multiple birth videos. I must say, it was the first time I’ve seen one of those birth videos, and I handled it okay. For some reason, watching the video about the epidural started to make me feel a little lightheaded. When Sarah delivered Micah and Judah last year, I had a real hard time watching them give her an epidural.
It doesn’t make a lot of sense to either of us, but something about that procedure just messes with me. And then watching all of the videos about how intense labor is…let’s just say that I’m wondering a bit about how well I’ll do throughout the whole birth process. So when the instructor mentioned the option of having a doula, we both realized that might be a very wise thing for us. We don’t really know much about doulas, but will be checking with Sarah’s doctor when we see him on Monday.
At any rate – we’re still looking at a January 8th due date, but who knows…we’ll see what Caleb thinks about that.