I get sad sometimes knowing that this will be my last baby, and it is all going way too fast, but I am enjoying this journey so much. I especially like this 28 week point because I look very pregnant, but am not too uncomfortable yet that I can't tie my shoes. Although, my snow pants do not fit me right now! If you see me sledding with Edwin and my snow pants fall off, have some pity on me. There is no way I am going out and buying maternity snow pants, so I'm just making do.
Nick and I have also started attending our childbirth class. We signed up for a 12 week Bradley Method series and I am really enjoying it. It's funny how much you forget in just a few years and I spent so much time mentally and physically preparing for Edwin's birth that I just want to make sure I am in the right mindset this second time around. It's actually been very good for Nick and I to get away each week together, even if it is just us talking about birth with a few other couples. I would love to write more about the Bradley Method class, but I doubt that will happen, so I'll leave you with a few facts now in case I don't get back to it. The Bradley Method focuses on the husbands (or partners) as being the active coach throughout the entire labor. We've been learning relaxation methods each week, doing partner massage, watching birth videos, and discussing how important mom's health is during pregnancy to help her be prepared for labor. We actually have homework each week to track our protein intake, do prenatal exercises, and we are supposed to do 200 kegels a day! It is definitely more detailed of a class than I realized and I am very glad we are involved in it. It is a class I would recommend for new or veteran parents to do if they find they don't have a lot of time to educate themselves about childbirth, or just want a refresher.
But, I'm getting ahead of myself here. We still have 12 weeks to go before birth and lots to do around our house! The holidays have been a bit of a distraction, but we are still making good progress on getting the bedrooms fixed up and have found ourselves knee deep in painting and assembling furniture lately. I'm going to try not to take on too many more new projects and just finish up the ones I've started and focus on enjoying Edwin and taking care of myself these last few months. Oh, and picking out names. We still need to do that!
Although winters in Wisconsin always tend to feel a little long, this one is different for us. This baby has already brought new energy to our home and it feels really good. Happy holidays, and welcome 2015. It's going to be a fun year!