Two months and sixteen days.
That's how long until my due date.
That's so long and, at the same time, not long at all.
Sometimes I wish I could have a healthy, fully-developed baby like now
and then I remember that I still have so much that I want/need to get done before she arrives.
One of the things I want/need (the line between the two is unclear) to get done is
prepping to have a drug free birth.
Yes, I did it with Jacob but I don't think that guarantees that I'll be ready to do it again with this one.
Maybe I'm over-analyzing the situation or just a too much of a worrier
but I'd rather over-prepare than under.
With that said... I've started my reading.
Phil and I took a class to prep for Jake's birth.
(click here to read more about it. i h i g h l y recommend it if you're in Northern or Central NJ)
These books were part of the recommended reading
but I only skimmed through it (sorry Laura).
This time, since we won't be in a weekly class,
I want to do a self-study to remind myself of why
I want to put my body through that sort of pain again.
The books I'm trying to read are:
Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way
This book is a bit extreme for me but there are bits and pieces to take from it that are helpful.
It's the book where you get ideas for laboring positions and where your "coach"
can learn about how to help the laboring woman.
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn
This book is really comprehensive. It covers a lot of the basics
(like conception... which we're clearly past)
but it also helps you put together a birth plan, gives ideas for positions for pain bearing,
and tells you about recovery and breastfeeding.
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth
I think this book is intended to be more of a "outing" of doctors.
It gives you some facts regarding "standard practices" that make me a bit nervous.
It says it's not biased... but I think it is a little bit.
Either way, I would rather read the whole thing for some of the very useful information
than not read it at all.
When I read it, I always try to think of what the rebuttal would be from the other side of the argument, not because I don't believe it, just because I like to keep my opinions in check.
This is part of the class booklet.
It's a reprint from the United States Department of Health and Human Services Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding which can be found here
I read it before Jake was born and I'll read it once or twice again before this little lady is born.
I'm not one of those women who enjoys nursing.
I didn't experience the whole bonding deal everyone talked about.
I still nursed Jake until he was 13-months-old.
It was reading things like this that kept me going
so I'm hoping to have the same motivation this time around.
Then there's this one. Dr. Sears' The Vaccine Book.
My friends are good, they read it cover to cover before their babies were born.
I'm not that good. I'll skim it and refer to it with questions when it's time to give a vaccine.
I'll use it as a guide in order to make informed decisions.
Right now I'm wondering how our kids' vaccine schedules will differ since they are different genders.
See... it's things on my to do list like reading almost 4 books
that make me think 2.5 months will not be nearly enough.
I guess that's why I'm getting to it now.
Do you do any reading before having a baby? Are you do any informational reading right now?