"Gypsy gold does not chink and glitter. It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark."

~ Saying of the Gladdagh Gypsies of Galway

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Complete Novice Chronicles, Take 1

As my previous post suggests, my due date is getting closer and closer. It's time to face reality; their will be a child in our home soon -- 24/7. And the title of my blog couldn't be more fitting for this adventure my husband and I are about to embark on!

I decided it is time to start taking some of the 'baby classes' offered by the hospital. I am surrounded by sisters, sister-in-laws and friends with babies. But this is how I am; I want to take a class on all this too! And Read; I love to read. Though I am no fool; I know nothing will prepare me for the experience more then the actual experience itself!

Enter Chronicle #1 - The Breastfeeding Class. (Boy is this blog ever about to enter into uncharted territory!) I am not going to lie. Breastfeeding has always seemed so 'taboo' to me...until I ended up in my current position of will I or won't I try to breastfeed my own child baby. (I can tell you, for certain, you won't see me breastfeeding a kid approaching his first birthday!! No Way!)

So anyways, I went to this class alone. The description said husbands are encouraged/welcomed, but I thought, c'mon really? Whose going to bring their husband? Is it necessary? [And besides I have 4 horses that needed fed and cleaned!] Well, I will tell you who brought their husbands .... everyone in the dang class but me! *sigh*

I shall also note that it is a good thing I came from work - translation - I was dressed semi-appropriately! I didn't realize dress code for a Breastfeeding Class was designer, spiked heel boots, jackets, purses etc etc etc....you get my drift. If I had come from home, I would have been in jeans, a sweatshirt and tennis shoes. God Bless the Women, I guess, who feel the need to look like they are walking the catwalk at 8 months+ prego ;)

I won't go into to much detail about this class - you can get the idea - but I will say that I am glad I attended. Great info and so much I didn't know or realize. And I am sure if I attempted to breastfeed w/o going to this class, I wouldn't have stood a chance at being successful!

But, one thing I want to know, in the video they showed us, why was the woman demonstrating with her baby dressed in lacy, leopard lingerie? *cough* That was less than flattering on her *cough* I sure know, breastfeeding or not, after giving birth, that is the last thing you'll see me in! More like my favorite pj pants donning bleach spots all over them, a hole and probably an oversized shirt of my husbands with a turkey, deer or bass fish plastered over the front of it! Now that is sexy, eh! Oh yeah, and probably hair that hasn't been brushed in 2 days ;)


Diana said...

Geez Allison you don't wear pearls and heels when your doing housework? Someone wrote a song for me once called "I ain't no June Cleaver". Your probably not old enough to remember her... Anyway breast feeding is easy. I did it with all three of mine. It is designed for women that don't brush their hair for two days. No bottle washing and sterilizing. No heating at 3 am. Just grab the baby and your good to go.
And if you don't wear manure covered boots during your next class I will be very disappointed.

Unknown said...

Ha! Diana, it is SO funny you say that about the boots because I DID have my muck boots on. It was snowing pretty bad so I wear them to work and then change into my flats when I get into the building. Luckily, I remembered to grab them to take with me when I left work, otherwise I WOULD have been in my muck boots for the class! My mother would have died if I told her that!! hahahahahha

Beth said...

Ha! When I delivered my daughter, we had a "get prepared" to take home the baby class with all the just delivered moms. There were 7 of us and I was the only one that looked like I came from the backwoods in my old sweats and dishelved hair...there was even one woman in a white silk long dressing gown and silk robe. Trust me, white is not what you want to be wearing right after!!! Needless to say, I did nurse both my kids and it is absolutely the easiest way to go and healthiest too. Definitely give it a try and I agree, you better wear those muck boots to the next class!!! Great post and I wish you lots of luck! I'm always here if you have any questions...xoxo Beth

Unknown said...

Thank you so much Beth! I appreciate the encouragement :)

Anonymous said...

I love that cartoon, too funny!
Go job going to the class, even if not in -- gasp --- pearls! ;)
I found breastfeeding to be really hard at first, like I wanted to quit 40,000 times in the early weeks. I'd been told that if you can get thru the first 6-8 weeks of nursing, you're golden. And it did turn out that way for me. Once I was two months in, it became easy. Good luck!