Mental: So Brian and I have been faithfully attending our Bradley Method birthing classes. Five down, seven to go. It’s been so interesting learning more about my body, my body’s capabilities, how my mind affects my body’s capabilities, etc. I also finished the book Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. Holy cow. It was AMAZING. First of all, being that I’ve got plenty of opportunities to hear about horrible, difficult or disappointing childbirth experiences, in the first half of this book is page after page after page of positive (not perfect, but positive) natural childbirth experiences. (I figure, for every scary story that I hear, I also need an encouraging, you-can-do-it story to balance that out.) In the second half, Ina May Gaskin just kicks butt regarding some natural childbirth stats, comparisons and general, informative physiology.
Now I’m moving on to reading The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. This one isn’t getting me as excited. I just don’t care for the tone in which it’s written. So can I please have a show of hands of women who have been successful in breastfeeding and feel particularly compelled to help other women who could possibly struggle with it? I might be calling on some friends and family for some support and guidance if I’m not a natural at this. Brian and I want to give breastfeeding an honest, determined try because we discovered that hidden in the countless benefits of breastfeeding is the fact that women who breastfeed have a significantly reduced chance of developing breast cancer. And you don’t know this, but one of my grandmothers died of breast cancer; so I’d like to reduce my odds.
Spiritual: The Lord has been good in granting me rest last weekend. It was incredibly rejuvenating.
Additionally, our church has moved from Sterling Middle School to Park View High School. (Man, those chairs are a lot more comfortable!) I really look forward to bringing Bennett to church and helping him learn, as I learned, all the stories of the Bible that make up THE story of the Bible.
Physical: Various websites say that Bennett is over a pound, if not a pound and a half, by now. I’m told that he’s the size of a standard letter envelope, an ear of corn or a cantaloupe (???). While his face is already formed, that and his body are still waiting to get filled out with huggable, squeezable chubbiness. Additionally, his skin is still making the transition from translucent to opaque.
And as far as I go, I believe that I just spotted the first hint of linea nigra, which is a mysterious dark line that runs up the center of your belly and fades after pregnancy. Honestly, I had to spend a little while debating whether it was darkened peach fuzz or my actual skin itself (I considered a belly shave – not that I’m hairy – just to be sure). Jury rules: skin, but the line is still incredibly faint.
Emotional: While I’m feeling content, I should mention that Brian wishes that Bennett was “already here.” He’s so anxious to meet our son and to see what he’s like! It’s sweet and reminds me of his impatience towards all things exciting.