One night last week before our hospital tour, Mark and I stopped for dinner at Don Pablo's. The hostess asked if we wanted a booth or a table. We always say booth because the padding on the booth is so much better for my back rather than sitting in a chair. As I went to sit down I said, "Oh, I um don't think I'm going to fit!" The lady said, "Yeah, I didn't think you would." Nice. So we moved over to a table. Then the waitress comes and takes our order. I told Mark I thought that's what kind of waitress I would be, if I were to be one. He said, "What? A stupid one?" I replied, "Confused but nice." She bring our food over and asked Mark where he wanted his plate of food. He holds up his two hands about 12 inches a part in front of his body and says, "Anywhere in this area is good, I suppose." Odd odd lady.
She did a couple other things that were strange and then I told her we were ready for the check. She asked how she should split the check. Let's see: man and woman, wearing wedding rings and a huge baby in her belly - clearly we're TOGETHER! She brings the bill and Mark puts his debit card on it and she asks if everything is ok with the bill. Obviously, or we would have said something and not have placed payment on it. As Mark said, "I didn't put my card there to keep the wind from blowing it away." It was a strange but delicious dinner.
We headed over to Babies R Us to pick up our new and fabulous baby's rocking chair. We decided to register to get 10% off everything we needed and then got a good bag filled with samples and coupons at the end too. It's amazing how different I look at things the third time around. I don't want to store things. I'll go buy it when we need it if it's going to be six or more months away. So we registered for a whopping ten items.
Finally we headed to the hospital. Since Regions is so huge we didn't even know where to park when I am in labor. This is the opposite of the nice small convenient hospital where I delivered V & C. We found the correct lobby, then we found the closed cafeteria. Mark wanted to know where it was for future reference.
As we waited in the lobby the pregnant mommies started to bond. When's you're due date? Boy or girl? Do you have other children? It's a nice feeling being around other preggers. I spoke with a really nice lady. I was the only one there on her third child. There was one younger lady, not showing, very unlike the rest of us, who was clearly very overwhelmed. She shed a few tears.
We went into the birthing room and she explained the different options of where you can labor. Most, I've actually already done. Unfortunately, the actual birthing pool was currently in use and a baby had just been born in it. So I didn't get to see it. Hopefully when we go back March 4th my luck will turn the other way.
One thing I liked about the hospital & the educator is the theory is definitely more toward a natural birth. It's clearly your choice, however, they lean toward helping and guiding the natural births. I am all for this.
I did learn a couple new ideas. Such as: research shows when a laboring mom comes in and they give her the hospital gown to put on her heart rate increases and her mood goes down. This leads to a slower birth process. They urge you to wear something of your own. Your not sick as she says, you're having a baby! No need for hospital attire. So Mark and I have been racking our brains as to what I should wear.
Research also shows as long as the baby is born healthy it should lay on the mother skin to skin for a minimum of one hour straight out of the womb. This is a huge change. When I had Christian I held him for a few minutes and then they took him away for a bath. I didn't hold him skin to skin again until we were home. At the hospital he was a burritoed up in his blanket and hat. Also, after the mother holds the baby for an hour the dad then holds the baby for at least half an hour skin to skin. The educator informed up the mommy isn't allowed to speak to him at all (in an effort for the dad to not be corrected). This is supposed to give the dad a chance to bond with the baby so he'll never leave the baby.
The other thing I learned is, they'll put baby footprints on anything we want. I have a great idea! But you'll have to wait to find out!
It was a fun night that makes it all the more real. We're so excited for this little one's arrival. Everyday I'm more ready and more excited! Speaking of this lil' one. It's moving like crazy right now. Victoria just SAW it moving. It's such an exciting time!