We did the Hypnobirthing class on Sunday, and I think we both enjoyed it. Alan wasn't too alarmed, and no babies or goats were sacrificed around a fire, and no blood was drank either. It really wasn't too meditative for us. Read up on what exactly it is or read my previous entry for the class description. We learned a couple simple breathing exercises, and we learned to relax a bit. Kinda yoga-like, but just sitting and not being in a downward dog or some ridiculous body movement. We did an exercise where we had to imagine ourselves in a kitchen, feel the heat of the oven, grab a cutting board, feel the lemon....yada yada yada, and eventually we had to bite into the lemon. Well, aside from freaking out (calmly) because I couldn't imagine a kitchen, I did feel my mouth water when biting into the lemon. No, seriously, it took me forever to choose a kitchen, I initally walked into mine, then screamed and ran (dishwasher is having issues, and LAST NIGHTS dishes are everywhere), then I was in Alan's parents, back to mine, and then in an imaginary one. Aside from that, it was good. I have to practice the breathing this week and listen to the CD as well.
Alan and I did learn lots though, and it seems like it will be great. I understand what it is, and why it is important. I have to remember the "Fear, Tension, Pain" drawing. And of course, actually apply it. We learnt about the uterine muscles and how they work when in a "surge" and how to help the muscles work properly so not to delay labour.
We also got to watch a few quick deliveries where the women practiced Hypnobirthing. I was amazed that Alan didn't puke or faint, and generally didn't seem disturbed. He commented on the fact that I missed most of the video as I was watching him.
Alan and I cracked a lot of jokes, and laughed alot. It was fun for us.
He is working like a crazy man now, so I hope he can make the next one. It really wouldn't be a date night without him.
AND...without further adieu, here are the most recent photos I have (taken minutes ago). I wish Alan was here so he could have taken them better, but with the self timer (which is my normal way of doing it anyway) it may have been better to see a side by side, and of course, I couldn't figure out the side by side!
The bare belly with Bitey-Pup too!
Ah crap, I forgot to use all small letters, looks like I forgot about my new blogging style! hahaha