Today I hit 30 weeks (picture coming later)! That sounds soveryclose to the end of pregnancy. But there are still 10 weeks left! Amazing!
My weekly emails inform me that Baby Boy is probably 17 inches long and about 3 pounds. They also say he is the size of a “large cabbage”. I thought he was already a cabbage at some point earlier on. But… really, he’s getting pretty close to the size of a human baby at this point. So let’s just drop the produce references!
But whether he is produce or a baby, at his current size, one of my weekly emails from Alpha Mom hilariously says “You may feel like you’re gestating a pissed-off housecat rather than a chubby wittle baby at this point, with some movement and kicks causing ACTUAL PHYSICAL PAIN.”
This is only partly true for me. The movement has not caused me any physical pain (yet), but I really do feel like he sometimes moves like a cat being lowered into a bathtub – There is a lot of thrashing going on in there!
Kicks are still not my favorite sensation, but some of the more gentle rolling action is starting to grow on me. Kyle thinks it is pretty cool too. And sometimes, people can see my stomach moving from across the room. Which is fun. It really freaks them out!
As a 30-week kickoff (pun intended), I decided to watch the video of a real birth that comes along with our childbirth class homework last night. I was home alone and very nervous. But after it was over, I felt empowered. It wasn’t gross (I think Kyle could even watch it!) and there wasn’t really even any gore, even though they did show the baby coming out. It was so much less gruesome than I thought it would be.
The gist of it really seemed to be that for 90% of the birth process, the mom is in pain, and there is nothing sticky. Then comes the actual emergence of the child, which involves more pain, a little stickiness, and then happy people.
So basically, after watching the video, I think I can do it. Like I really think I can do it. And I want to. With Kyle and my mom to help me through the pain (and possibly an epidural – we’ll see), I think I’ll be fine! And since 90% of the process involves nothing sticky whatsoever, Kyle will be there! And after seeing how not-gross birth is, Kyle might even make it the whole way with me.
Either way, though, he’ll be there through labor. That’s almost the whole process! And I’ll completely understand if he has to duck out for the sticky bits. That’s only a small part of it. And he’ll be a great dad whether he is there for that or not!
Next homework assignment: Try to get Kyle to watch the birth video. I think he’ll surprise himself with how well he can handle it!