So, my baby book said that this month in my pregnancy is when I should start looking into birthing classes, because some fill up fast and others have long schedules, like the Bradley method classes take 12 weeks for example.
I've been getting advice from friends and family about if they chose a method, if so what method, if they didn't what they did instead, etc., so please feel free to add your two cents and let me know what you think about it.
I thought my daily quote today was kind of relevant to my timid thoughts of labor:
"Filled with his love, we can endure pain, quell fear, forgive freely, avoid contention, renew strength, and bless and help others."
—Elder John H Groberg, "The Power of God's Love", November 2004 Ensign pg. 9
Up until this point, I had kind of been avoiding the whole thought of it. I knew that regardless of whether I thought about it or not, it would happen, so why think about it, but my baby book has convinced me that knowledge is power and the more I know, I have a higher chance of being relaxed, less scared, etc. Those sound like good things to me, so yes, I'm trying to think about it now. :) Please give me advice. I am interested in your opinions.
My friends who have never had babies before have been asking about what my baby is up to these days, so here are some interesting tidbits. Jill can now see. Her eyelids had previously been sealed shut to allow her eyes to grow, but around this time, they open. I have no idea what there is to see though. My innards I suppose and liquid . . . Also, she apparently currently has more taste buds now than she will at any other time in her life. I guess we lose them somehow at birth? So, she sometimes reacts to what I eat. Her bones are solidifying and her muscles are strengthening, so she's beginning to pack a punch. She is still small enough to flip and move around, so she's quite active. Soon, she'll start getting really cramped, like the genie in his lamp in Aladdin. Poor little Jill. :)
I did go to the doctor today and learned that we are no longer worried about my kidneys, because there was no more protein in my pee. Yay! It was, indeed, transient. Darn that little hobo protein. Hehe. :) I gained two pounds since my last visit. Success! I have only gained 10 pounds so far this pregnancy. I am kind of surprised by that, but hey some people don't gain early on. I must have thrown up too much. ;)