Saturday, July 30, 2011

adventures in birthing class

Adam and I started birthing classes a few weeks ago. Considering the amount of homework, female anatomy charts, videos, etc... that I imagine aren't exactly fun for a newly married man- Adam has taken it like a champ!  His "input" brain is a wealth of knowledge now on all things "natural childbirth."

After our first class Adam and I's homework was to watch a natural childbirth video where they showed a couple different women giving birth. Right when the movie ended I turned to my sweet traumatized husband and asked him how he felt about watching that. He looked at me like a deer in headlights and all he could say was "Can we do something else now?"

Our class is about 30 minutes from our house, which has given us fun chunks of time together in the car each week to connect, debrief and laugh. For some reason we both get really goofy on the way to and from class. A few weeks ago during a huge thunderstorm we convinced ourselves that we had mastered the art of tongue twisters by saying every other word in a really high pitched voice. Next thing we knew we were yelling "sally sells sea shells by the sea shore" in really loud high voices and totally botching every word. I think Adam was so focused on getting it right, he didn't even realize he was going 20 over the speed limit. My stomach hurt so bad from laughing so much.

Last week in class we were practicing relaxation techniques and I totally had the giggles. There is a list of "suggested" phrases Adam could say to help me relax and some of them are really funny to imagine him saying to me when I'm in labor.  "Imagine your cervix softening and opening." thanks. We've come up with a few on our own that fit our normal talking habits a little better :)

During one relaxation practice Adam was reading from a script where he was supposed to say "feel all the tension flow out your body" in a low soft voice.  I was sitting on a birthing ball with my eyes shut, body limp, and what I thought I heard him quietly say was "feel all the tension flow out your butt."  I started crying I was laughing so hard. Our teacher had us stop the relaxation practice cause I couldn't compose myself.  I'm not sure if we bugged her or not, but I'm pretty sure she was born with a sense of humor, so I think we are fine :) 


  1. oh my gosh i just laughed out loud!!! hahha :)

  2. haha That's really awesome! I'm really glad we took the classes but some of it was ridiculous :) I didn't know you lived right by Stellas! We're only a couple blocks away... Broadway and Evans ish. Let's hang out!!